Top 5: The Worst Games to Play before Going to Sleep

Before saying which are the worst games someone could play before going to sleep let’s turn our attention to insomnia for a little bit. There are many reasons why people in general may not sleep well. Some of these include stress, health issues, unpleasant noises or the room may be too hot or too cold, among many others. Now, another reason should be added to that list as video games can definitely contribute to insomnia and other sleeping disorders. I’m pretty sure most people who play games on a regular basis already know this and if you are like me, you must have probably experienced some of these issues more than once. The following list features some of the worst games a person suffering from any of the aforementioned disorders could play. So if you’re having trouble sleeping stay away from these titles… you have been warned.


5) Quake III

Quake III is fast. Even all of its variations/mods/sequels/expansions have tried to maintain this characteristic element of the title. Nexuiz is fast, Quake Live is fast, Urban Terror is fast and the list goes on and on, but none of these titles is as fast (and addictive) as Quake III. There are many first-person shooters that were going to be included in this list instead of id Software’s multiplayer-oriented game, but its chaotic nature, minimalist design, raucous action, flamboyant characters and unique movement features (including strafe-jumping and rocket jumping) make Quake III one of the loudest, most intense experiences you can find. Did I happen to mention this game is fast?

Quake III


4) Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

The original Geometry Wars took the world by surprise. The minigame was featured as part of Project Gotham Racing 3 for the Xbox and it became so popular that it quickly received an updated version called Retro Evolved. Its main gameplay is both fast-paced and colorful as the main objective of the game is to survive as long as possible at the same time you get more and more points by destroying waves of dazzling enemies. As you get more points, the game grants you extra lives and bombs, making Geometry Wars extremely addictive.

Geometry Wars PC Version


3) Pac-Man

Pac-Man is simply one of the greatest games ever made. Developed by Namco and distributed by Midway (in the United States,) this arcade title not only was one of the simplest games ever made, but it also became a social phenomenon. Pac-Man is also considered the highest grossing video game of all time, making around 2.5 billion in quarters during the heyday of arcades in the 1990s. I’ll explain the basic rules for the uninitiated: The player controls Pac-Man through a maze where the main objective is to eat pills. Once all the pills are eaten, the player can move on to the next stage/level. In addition, there are four enemies roaming around and if any of them touches Pac-Man he immediately dies. As you reach higher stages the game becomes faster and faster (read: more difficult.) I can assure you that if you play this title extensively just before going to sleep, you’ll see ghosts following you for at least a couple of hours.

Pac-Man NES Version


2) Patapon

Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon… Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon… The main reason why Patapon is considered one of the best handheld games of the past few years is because this unique title combines elements from the God and rhythm genres. Patapon encourages the player to control a tribe of little warriors by using specific sequences of buttons. So by introducing a certain sequence (each sequence is accompanied by a war chant) the warriors will advance, by using a different one they will attack and so on. The result? You’ll hum the catchy Patapon songs for weeks, particularly while trying to sleep.

Patapon screenshot


1) Tetris

A lot has been said about Tetris and its addictiveness. In my opinion, the game is hellishly compelling because of its remarkable simplicity as anybody who tries this classic title (even those who don’t necessarily play a lot of games,) is immediately hooked to it. There’s something else you should know about this Russian title though, your mind will undoubtedly keep playing long after you’ve turned the console off. You’ll play for a while, get tired, turn off the console, go to bed and I can promise you that as soon as you close your eyes, tiles will star falling.

Tetris title screen


Did you enjoy this feature? Do you agree with this list? Can you think of any other titles that should be avoided before trying to sleep? If you do, please share them in the comment section of the site.