By Anna Hazard
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Here are a selection of cross platform game apps for iOS and Android smartphones & tablets that are free to play or have inexpensive start-up costs of $5 or less. If a particular game tickles your fancy, many users have found that upgrading to an ad-free version greatly increases the therapeutic soothing effect without further disrupting the app's atmosphere with outside advertising.
The focus this time is on games that are explicitly made to combat stress by being calming, sedative, or otherwise helping to build a meditative state of mind. Game play is generally slow, idle, or can be taken at the user's own pace without any additional penalties or stressful challenges. Relaxing visuals, sound effects & music tracks, as well as animations are a hallmark of these games.
Cross Platform Apps