Five apps to help you stay calm and connected during MCO


  • Mobile apps
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2020

You can form a group of say, four people to have fun MCO-approved game nights. — Houseparty

You don’t have to feel isolated or stressed as you observe the movement control order (MCO), as you can use apps and games to stay in touch virtually, or help you relax.

Here are five apps for Android smartphones and iPhones to get you started.

Houseparty

Video chat app Houseparty has a built-in feature for games like Quick Draw, Heads Up and Trivia.

Compete on Trivia to find out who is the expert on pop culture. Or find out which friend can’t draw the clue for Cat in Quick Draw.

It’s free-to-play but some games require in-app purchases.

Zenly

Location-sharing app Zenly now has a Stay At Home challenge which tracks the amount of time users spend at home by analysing their location data.

The app will let you and your contacts know if you have spent 100% of the day at home or not.

So you want to be on top of your MCO game? — ZenlySo you want to be on top of your MCO game? — Zenly

There’s even a leaderboard to keep track of how others in your circle are doing.

To see how Malaysia is doing compared to folks in other countries, check out the World Effort leaderboard.

AntiStress Anxiety Relief Games

This app has a selection of simple games designed to help users relax. Take your pick from Spinner (which is basically a digital fidget spinner in different colours), Bubble Burst (pop bubbles endlessly) and Flip Card (find the matching cards).

Yes, you can take out your frustrations on Covid-19 through the Smash Coronaa game. — AntiStress Anxiety Relief GamesYes, you can take out your frustrations on Covid-19 through the Smash Coronaa game. — AntiStress Anxiety Relief Games

There’s even a timely game called Smash Coronaa, where you stop viruses from infecting earth by just tapping away on the screen.

The app is free but comes with ads.

Ambience – Nature Sounds: Relax and Sleep

Achieve a sense of calm through a selection of relaxing sounds like Nature, Ocean and Zen Garden.

You can play up to three sounds at a time and set a timer, which is handy if you are using the app to fall asleep.

You can play up to three sounds at a time and set a timer for how long you want it to be. — AmbienceYou can play up to three sounds at a time and set a timer for how long you want it to be. — Ambience

You can also use the sounds to accompany relaxation activities like meditation.

It’s free but contains ads and an upgrade to a premium version.

MyOasis

MyOasis is described as an “ideal clicker game” where users just have to sit back and tap away to watch an oasis expand into an island filled with animals, mountains and more.

You can collect Hearts to upgrade the island by playing a simple musical note game and click on the meditation guide to hear a soothing voice to help you relax as you explore the game.

In MyOasis, users can meditate which watching an island grow. — Screengrab from YouTubeIn MyOasis, users can meditate which watching an island grow. — Screengrab from YouTube

You can also change the weather or remove animals you are not fond of to create a zen-like environment.

It’s free but offers in-app purchases for those who wish to upgrade faster.

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