Whether you’re traveling cross-country, sitting around campus waiting for a class to start, or just an iOS game addict, here are 5 games you should probably be playing to kill a few hours of your day.

Field Runners 2

Field Runners 2Field Runners is a tower defence game based on the traditional style of a majority of TD games, with additional gameplay modes like time trial and puzzle levels. You work your way across a map of the Field Runners world, advancing by beating the levels on casual, medium, or hardcore. You can earn stars by beating levels on various difficulties to unlock new towers, and also earn coins for mines, freeze-bombs, and other helpful single-use weapons for when you get overwhelmed by soldiers, tanks, and helicopters. Field Runners 2 could take you about 20-40 hours to beat depending on your skill level.

Platform: iOS (iPhone)
Developer: Subatomic Studios
Released: Jul 19, 2012
Price: $2.99
HackCollege Rating: 8/10
Get Field Runners 2 on the App Store.

The Oregon Trail: American Settler

Oregon Trail American SettlerThe classic that your older friends always talk about when you get into a heated game discussion is back! A continuation of the classic (original) Oregon Trail, you must settle on some land, build your home, and stay alive. This game could easily waste a few dozen hours progressively over time, and it’s one of those games that you can easily drop when you need to, and pick up from where you left off as soon as you’re ready to play again.

Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)
Developer:  Gameloft
Released: Jun 28, 2012
Price: Free (in-game purchases available)
HackCollege Rating: 5/10
Get Oregon Trail: American Settler on the App Store.

Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings for iPhoneIf the only games with disgruntled birds you know happens to be Angry Birds, then this is a refreshing and light-hearted game with an adorable little bird. It’s easy, cute, and has one of the best soundtracks we’ve heard. You start at the top of a hill and press down on your screen to make your little bird speed up to fly over bumps and land gaps, collecting coins as you go. If you make it past the 7th level, you deserve a prize for your skills. Once you “lose”, our little bird friend falls fast asleep, and you get to do it all over again. Definitely worth spending a few hours on!

Platform: iOS (iPhone)
Developer:  Andreas Illiger
Updated: Aug 01, 2012
Price: $0.99
HackCollege Rating: 7/10
Get Tiny Wings on the App Store.

Plants Vs. Zombies

Plants Vs. Zombies iOSAlthough this game has been out for quite some time, we feel that it’s still one of the most essential games to the iOS collection. Plants Vs. Zombies is a hybrid of the tower defense and puzzle genres, and it makes for a great progressive game you can easily pick up at any time. It’s got a ton of upgradable units, and the strategies involved will upgrade the way you think—and how you solve problems. This game is fun and straight-forward, definitely worth playing for a while over the course of a flight. Not to mention you get to kill a ton of different zombies with an army of well-placed plants. Don’t forget to grab those orbs of sunlight!

Platform: iOS (Mac, iPhone, iPad/iPod), Xbox 360, PC, PS3, Windows Phone 7, Android, Kindle Fire. Nintendo DS.
Developer:  Popcap
Updated: May 03, 2012 (iOS)
Price: $2.99
HackCollege Rating: 8/10
Get Plants Vs. Zombies on the App Store.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft: Pocket EditionYou should know this game by now. From Conan O’Brien’s hilarious review of Minecraft on The Clueless Gamer, to seeing the news of it being Xbox Live Arcade’s #1 selling game—But if it’s taken you this long to hear about it, you absolutely need to get it right this second. It’s a bit pricey for an iPhone game, but the hours upon hours of foraging, building, and crafting (not to mention getting blown up by monsters at night) are well spent, and actually give you a feeling of accomplishment. Make sure you watch Conan’s review of the game below, although he’s reviewing the Xbox 360 version—it’s still the same game.

Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPad), Xbox360, PC
Developer:  Mojang
Updated: Aug 09, 2012
Price: $6.99
HackCollege Rating: 9/10
Get Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the App Store.