Get Your Fun on the Run

By Chris Barylick
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, March 7, 2008

Let's face it: The commute is pretty boring, and staring at the back of someone's head on the Metro holds its appeal for only so long. Here are five of the best games to play on the run.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords: Probably the best reason to own a PlayStation Portable, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is a perfect combination of role-playing and puzzle-solving, with beautiful graphics, fast gameplay and outstanding music. Players embark upon quests throughout a kingdom. Characters gradually emerge from meek origins to become powerful warlords. The biggest hazard: You may miss your stop if you're just a few moves from victory.

Everyone 10+; Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, mobile phones; $29.99.

Peggle: You can't go wrong with a $5 game. And you can't go wrong with Peggle, a 2-D puzzle game in which players must drop a ball to clear all the orange pegs on the screen while avoiding obstacles.

Appealing graphics, fun sound effects and addictive gameplay make Peggle a hit. Unexpected as it may be, Peggle becomes the best reason to look to your fifth-generation or later iPod as a terrific gaming device when you have time to kill.

Everyone; fifth-generation or later iPod; $5 (available on iTunes).

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Trials and Tribulations: One of the best titles to emerge for any platform in recent years, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Trials and Tribulations delivers an unexpectedly addictive combination of legal simulator game and Japanese graphic novel. The end result is an incredibly fun game in which players control assorted characters and argue their case, prying testimony from reluctant witnesses and presenting evidence.

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