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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
There’s no denying that one of the major benefits of going hiking is to see all the amazing scenery and stunning landmarks, but some people need something more to keep them entertained on the long marches. For some, hiking is all about getting out into nature and breathing fresh air, for some it's about getting out to do a couple of hours worth of exercise. For this reason, it’s good to have a range of online mobile games to play to keep you entertained on a long journey.
Wouldn’t it be great if walking around the countryside and gaming went hand in hand? Well, there are certain titles which make this happen. Pokémon Go from Niantic is the best-known augmented reality offering, and it encourages players to venture out and about in search of elusive pocket monsters. Players use the map to find out where Pokémon are hiding, and then attempt to go and capture them. When they find where the creatures are lurking, players are able to hold up their phones and see them superimposed on real-world settings thanks to AR which, set against a scenic hiking backdrop, is set to enhance any rambler's journey.
By searching for Pokémon, hikers can even discover different routes that they may not usually choose. Sometimes the creatures may be located off the well-trodden trails and those who set out to search for them could end up uncovering hidden gems in the countryside and picturesque views. Pokémon Go was released in 2016, and quickly became one of the most popular mobile games ever on mobile - it has been downloaded more than a billion times. This led other developers to attempt to replicate its success. One of the most exciting games that takes inspiration from Niantic's creation is Jurassic World Alive where, instead of cute and cuddly monsters, prehistoric ones stalk around the Las Vegas countryside.
AR games may not appeal to all hikers, especially those who want to take in their surroundings fully when walking. But there are other times throughout the day when hikers may be tempted to rest and pull out their phone. When stopping for some respite, this is a prime opportunity to play a quick game online. For these moments, going for games which can be played in short bursts is the way forward. Games that can be started and stopped at a moment’s notice are ideal, so that players don’t hold up their hiking buddies who may want to get back on track. A lot of online casino games fit the bill in this regard, but slot games are arguably the best choice.
One of the best slot games on the market right now is Cash Bandits 2, as recommended in this curated list of fun slot games to play online, and is based around a classic 'cops and robbers' theme. Another game which is attracting a high number of players right now is Orc Vs Elf, which takes inspiration from popular fantasy franchises.
Puzzle and Word Games
Puzzle and word games are wholesome examples of games that don’t require too much attention. In fact, it is fairly easy to play a lot of them while still taking heed of surroundings. The last thing hikers want to do is trip over a tree branch or rock while playing a game which is too immersive. Additionally, playing this type of game is a good way to involve all the walkers in your party by sharing ideas about answers to certain questions.
Some popular puzzle games in 2019 include Doodle God, Cog Factory and Chroma Circuit. One of the top word games available is Wordscapes, which features anagrams, crosswords, and word searches. There are over 6000 puzzles included, which will keep players busy for days on end. It is designed to test even the smartest of players, so can act as a strong talking point between fellow hikers. Word Crush is also considered to be one of the best word games online, where players have to search for hidden words in progressively challenging levels.
There are so many different games to play when hiking, which are bound to suit all types of casual and experienced players. AR games can be enjoyable when walking and taking heed and enhancing the beautiful natural surroundings, while slots and puzzles are great on-the-go options to play when you want to rest your feet and can also involve your fellow hikers. So, while you've your phone in-hand taking pictures of the sublime Nevada surroundings, take a moment to stretch your legs (and your fingers) to try and beat that next impossible level, or catch that cute little fluffy thing that's waiting just up ahead.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV