What's a time management game?
Broadly speaking, a time management game is a game that prompts users to make a set of decisions leading up to a specific period of time or during a specific period of time.
A time management game mixes elements of puzzle games, where you're forced to think logically around problems, with resource management games, where you have to decide how to spend the limited time you have, and strategy games, where you use your ingenuity and think ahead.
Why should I play time management games?
Do you really need a reason? Okay, if you do, there actually are a lot of compelling reasons that people love time management games beyond them being enjoyable (though that's enough in our book!).
Satisfaction of problem-solving - like any puzzle game, there's some innate satisfaction in finding the answer to a perplexing question or puzzle.
Increase time management skills - repetition is the mother of skill and for each level you complete you get better and better at actual time management skills
They're really fun - we can't stress this enough, solving problems and managing resources/process with the element of a time pressure makes time management games super fun!
What types of time management games are there?
Using time as an element in a game isn't a new concept, however, the growth of online time management games has allowed for many creative and different approaches to this type of gaming. Regardless of the aesthetic, every time management game has a time constraint of some sort and resources and/or processes to manage within that time constraint. Let's review some of the different types of time limits and resources or processes you'd play with.
Types of time limits
Turn-based - you have an infinite amount of time to make a decision but you can only make a limited number of decisions per turn and game progress proceeds without you but still impacts you when it's not your turn
Level-based - in each level of the game you only have a set amount of time to complete the level, this includes games that have multiple timed 'waves' of action within one level
Types of resources or processes
Resource delegation - you have to choose what resources to use in what capacity
Assembly process - you combine different items or actions to produce a specific output and reach a goal within the game
Which of your time management games are free?
You can play time management games for free at iWin either by downloading the game or playing it online. We do offer an unlimited game subscription that allows you to download all the time management games in our inventory, ad-free.
Can I download time management games to play later?
Yes, with iWin you can also download your favorite time management games to play anytime.
How do I download a time management game?
Simply find the time management game you want to play from the catalog of titles and click the Play button. This will allow you to download the iWin Games Manager to install and then play your game. iWin recommends some of the more popular time management titles such as those in the Top Ten.
What was the first time management game?
The first game considered to be a true time management game is 1983's 'Tapper' where you play as a bar tender who helps waves of patrons and cleans up after them in timed levels.