Apps and Games on smartphones are entertaining. So while travelling or waiting in queue with your parents try out some of these on your parents’ phone.

When it comes to smartphone apps, it’s a big, wide world out there. There are apps that help you with your schedule, remind you of your tasks, keep up with the news and much more. But who says it has to be all work? There are tons of apps that will keep you entertained for hours on end — and some that will help you learn a thing or two as a bonus. Here’s a list that showcases the best of the best.

Words With Friends by Zynga (Android and iOS)

Ever played Scrabble, the fun word-building game? This is the app that lets you do just that on a smartphone. Compete to get the highest score and improve your vocabulary while you’re at it. The best part? You can play against friends and family. Now show your big brother who’s boss.

Sudoku Free by AI Factory Limited (Android and iOS)

Eager to play a game of Sudoku but can’t find today’s paper? Worry not because all you now need is your phone. With over a thousand puzzles and five difficulty levels, Sudoku Free will certainly satisfy the numbers-enthusiast in you. Now you don’t have to wait for a whole day before racking your brains to figure out where that ‘8’ goes.

Cut The Rope by Zeptolab (Android and iOS)

What would you do when an adorable little creature ends up on your doorstep in a cardboard box? Feed it with candies of course! Cut the Rope is a smash hit and for good reason. The aim of the game is to feed Om Nom a candy that’s hanging by a rope. Easy, right? Not while there are spikes, spiders and bubbles to slow you down. Use your knowledge of physics as you try to cut the rope — and keep Om Nom happy.

Where’s My Water? by Disney (Android and iOS)

Another Physics-based game that is a global hit, features Swampy, the alligator. All he wants to do is take a shower. The only problem is that there are quite a few obstacles in the water source’s way. Your job is to ensure that the water flows all the way down to his shower pipe, without letting it get stuck, drain or evaporate. It has tons of levels and is great fun to play.

Cogs by Lazy 8 Studios (Android and iOS)

If you’re looking for a puzzle that will really give you a test, then Cogs is the game for you. This is an addictive game that asks you to arrange gears in such a way that, in the end, they all rotate together and power the device. With over a hundred levels and puzzles ranging from simple to highly complex, Cogs will provide hours upon hours of food for the brain.

Star Chart by Escapist Games (Android and iOS)

Ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what the name of that star that was right above you was? With Star Chart on your phone, you can easily find out. All you have to do is fire up the app, point your phone’s camera to the sky and Star Chart will magically recognise the stars and constellations and show you the names and related info on your phone. It’s like having an astronomer right in your palm.

Tic Tac Toe HD by Classic Games (Android)

Who doesn’t love this great boredom-buster? Instead of wasting paper, you can now play this classic right on your smartphone. The objective is simple — the player who manages to place three successive marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row wins. Challenge your friends or play against your phone.

One Touch Drawing by Ecapyc Inc (Android and iOS)

This one gives your brain cells a good workout. You are provided with a shape and you have to draw it as shown. The catch? You have to draw it with just one touch — meaning, you can’t raise your finger until you finish the shape and you can’t pass over drawn lines. It has varying stages and difficulty levels and will keep you occupied and thinking.

What’s My IQ? by Orangenose Studios (Android and iOS) You may have taken an IQ test wherein you might have been asked complex and boring questions. If you’re looking to inject some fun into these tests, then ‘What’s my IQ?’ is the perfect app for you. It provides seemingly crazy puzzles that have weird questions and answers that seem absurd. Put on your thinking cap, because unless you start thinking outside the box, you are not going to get through this one.

Wikipedia by Wikimedia Foundation (Android and iOS) If there’s one site that has helped complete countless homework and assignments, it is Wikipedia. Articles can now be accessed from anywhere and are displayed in a clean, user-friendly interface. The app allows you to store articles for offline reading and also the ability to share content with friends. A must have for youngsters.