The idea that gaming is the preserve of teenage boys and stoned students – perched on the edge of their unmade beds, huddled over their games consoles amid a sea of junk-food wrappers – has become a tired cliché.

The gaming fraternity is, well, no longer a fraternity, having shaken off its long-standing boys’ club image and been joined by the sisterhood. And we’re not just talking teenage girls in hoodies and oversized headphones.

According to the National Enquirer, Angelina Jolie was "addicted" to Angry Birds on the set of Kung Fu Panda II, while Megan Fox is widely reported to be a fan of Mortal Kombat. And have you heard the one about Kim Kardashian being a self-confessed Call Of Duty conoisseur?

Yes, it's official: Gaming has hit the mainstream. From the geeky to the glamorous and everyone in between.

According to a US study published in June [2013] by the Entertainment Software Association, nearly half of all gamers (47%) are female and the average age of gamers in 2012 was 30.

Perhaps the key to this cultural shift in the gaming landscape can be found in another statistic that emerged in the same survey - that a third of respondents play games on their mobile devices.

Once upon a time, an interest in gaming demanded a commitment in the form of a pricey console. You couldn't just dabble - you had to come right out and admit your allegiance to the cult. But now with hundreds of thousands of gaming apps - catering to all tastes and available for instant download at a mere snip (if not for free) on your smartphone or tablet - the pastime has never been so accessible.

And an interest in role-play or deadly combat is no more a pre-requisite than the latest X-Box. From word games and logic puzzles to business strategy challenges and adventures with characters from your favourite films and TV shows, there is a game to suit you whatever your personal taste - and now you can play it wherever and whenever the mood takes you.

So it's hardly surprising gaming is becoming the pastime of choice for bored commuters who are looking for a few moments of escape from the daily grind - or the perfect excuse to avoid the gaze of fellow commuters.

The only problem left is how to navigate through the thousands of games available to find the right one for you. To help with your choice, we've compiled a list of our favourite commute-friendly games apps.

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  • Whale Trail (£1.99) iPhone/iPad/Andoird

    Picture the scene: You're standing at the bus stop, it's pouring with rain, you're going to be late for work. How do you extricate yourself from this drudgery? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwr6c2Ws1yI" target="_blank">Clue: Watch this video</a>. Rainbows, cute cartoon whales and a kookie soundtrack from Gruff Rhys. What more could you want? Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whale-trail/id450163154?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whale-trail/id450163154?mt=8" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • Scrabble (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    What better way to shake off the day’s stresses than with a good old-fashioned, relaxing game of Scrabble? <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/10/scrabble-anger-mattel-pro_n_3574083.html" target="_blank">Unless you’re a Scrabble purist, that is</a>. If you’re still smarting over the sacrilegious changes EA has made to the original Mattel game, try <a href="http://www.wordswithfriends.com/" target="_blank">Words With Friends</a>. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scrabble-free/id501724085?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.scrabblefree_na&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • The Simpsons: Tapped Out (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    After being pulled from the Apple app store shortly after its initial debut in 2012 – thanks to a string of bugs (d’oh!) – the game, which enables you to build your very own Springfield, is back. With exclusive 'Simpsons' cut scenes and brilliant Groening one-liners, this is sure to make you smile on a miserable Monday morning commute. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-simpsons-tapped-out/id497595276?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.simpsons4_row" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • Cut The Rope: Time Travel (£0.62) iPhone/iPad/Android

    Channel your inner child with the latest from the popular Cut The Rope franchise. Swipe the screen to cut ropes and help guide sweets into the mouth of friendly monster Om Nom. This time travelling version will take you on adventures in the Stone Age, through the Middle Ages, on board a pirate ship, in the midst of the Renaissance and in Ancient Egypt and Greece. And now you can even be part of the Studio 54 scene of the 70s with the new Disco Era update. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cut-the-rope-time-travel/id608899141?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.timetravel.paid.google" target="_blank">Google Play for Android devices</a>.

  • Angry Birds Star Wars (£0.69) iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows phone/BlackBerry

    An addictive game for Angry Birds and Star Wars fans alike – a dream come true if you love both. Based on the traditional Angry Birds game, this sci-fi version loosely follows the plot of Star Wars: Episode IV (that’s the first one to those who stopped watching the films in 1983). Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/angry-birds-star-wars/id557137623?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https:play.google.comstoreappsdetailsid=com.rovio.angrybirdsstarwars.ads.iaph=en" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • Sudoku (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    A must for Sudoku fans, this is by far the easiest way to play the number puzzle game on-the-go. No more rummaging to find a pen or getting newspaper print all over your hands. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sudoku/id366247306?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.icenta.sudoku.ui&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • Diner Dash (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    Help Flo the waitress grow her diner business from a greasy spoon to a five-star restaurant by seating and serving customers and clearing tables as efficiently as possible to garner the biggest possible tips and avoid angry customers doing a runner without paying. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/diner-dash/id307011863?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playfirst.playground.dinerdash" target="_blank">Google Play for Android devices</a>.

  • Pocket Planes (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    Make like Richard Branson and have a go at running your own airline with this strategy-led game based around time and resource management. You must plan your routes, with over 250 destinations to play with, decide when to upgrade your fleets and keep a cool head when your airports get snowed in. A great game for getting you into business mode on the way to work. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pocket-planes/id491994942?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a987.PocketPlanes_Android&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • The Room (£1.49) iPhone/iPad/Android

    Solve puzzles to unlock a series of intricately designed boxes to gain access to their secrets within. Each box has a number of puzzles on its surface. Solve one to get a clue to the next puzzle until the box finally opens. The eerie graphics and soundtrack add to the chilling suspense of the game. Pure packed-train escapism. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-room/id552039496?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPad versions</a> or download <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-room-pocket/id573156739?mt=8" target="_blank">The Room Pocket for iPhone</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom" target="_blank">visit the Google Play store for Android devices</a>.

  • Tetris Blitz (FREE) iPhone/iPad/Android

    A new take on an old classic, Tetris Blitz follows the same principle of tessellating matching coloured tiles to create a solid wall with no gaps. But this mobile version is perfect for short commutes as you race against the clock in a two-minute blitz to clear lines and rack up points as quickly as possible. That's about as much drama as many of us can cope with in the morning rush hour. Visit the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tetris-blitz/id632827817?mt=8" target="_blank">iTunes store for iPhone and iPad versions</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.tetrisblitz_row" target="_blank">Google Play store for Android devices</a>.