If you’ve been working from home, you know how easy it is to be distracted. Sitting in front of your computer at home all day, but actually needing to work. There’s a strong temptation to just binge-watch Netflix and let your work performance suffer.
It doesn’t need to be that way. You need PC games that are multitasking-friendly. For a game to be multitasking-friendly, it should 1) be able to run in windowed mode, and 2) not require constant interaction from the player.
This leaves out a lot of game genres, such as some of the best MMOs in 2020. Luckily there are many games that fit these criteria, so we’ve put together a list of the best PC games to play while multitasking.
Happy Glass is a simple but entertaining physics puzzle game that requires minimal effort on your part. You simply need to draw a line from a faucet of water to a glass cup, directing the flow of water to fill the cup.
The levels are progressively difficult as you must direct the water around obstacles and draw unique angles to make sure the water flows properly into the glass. Happy Glass is a game you can easily alt-tab back and forth between while still getting stuff done, and there is a lot of other great puzzle and multitasking-friendly .io games you can check out on Crazy Games.
Civilization is a turn-based strategy game, where you control one of more than 50 civilizations in the latest version. You can play vs AI with up to 8 opponents. When it’s your turn, you need to make a bunch of decisions for your nation – erecting new buildings, ordering troops to march, etc.
However there’s no time limit on turns, so you can simply keep the game open and alt-tabbed in the background, then switch to it and make a few decisions, click the “Next Turn” button, and go back to whatever you were focusing on.
The popular “life simulation” game from Maxxis / EA is incredibly popular, but also incredibly multitasking-friendly. If you’ve never played The Sims, you create a character, move them into an apartment, and direct their life. Let them browse on the computer all day and accumulate pizza boxes on the floor, or make them work hard for a promotion.
There’s so many things to do in The Sims when you actively play it, but it’s also very suitable as a background game. When you aren’t controlling your sim character, they’ll pretty much lead their own life and do whatever their little AI brain tells them.
This often leads to some disastrous but hilarious Sim lives, so you may need to intervene in your Sim’s life maybe once every 15 minutes, just to make sure they haven’t burned their house down.
This hardcore rogue-like RPG is available on Steam, and it’s quite a blast for hardcore RPG fans. It’s basically a tile-based, turn-based Diablo, and you must venture deeper and deeper into the dungeon levels, finding gear and upgrading your character as you kill monsters.
Being a turn-based game, you can easily just leave the game open in the background, and continue your dungeon delving in short little bursts of gameplay.
This one is rather bizarre, unique, and yet altogether charming. AI Dungeon is a text-based story game, driven by AI.
Everything is written progressively by the AI, so there are infinite possibilities of what can happen in your story. So for everything you type your character doing in the story, for example, if you type “I kill the goblin chief and retrieve the sacred amulet from its body”, the AI will write a few more sentences to add to it.
It’s difficult to explain but basically, imagine a text-based RPG being written in real-time by an AI, with as little or as much intervention to direct the story as you wish. You can let the AI run wild and come up with all kinds of bizarre scenarios, or use the text editor to control the storylines a bit more strictly.