Wild Wild Wednesday: 6 Games With The Most Efficient CPU Usage


It’s a wild game when it comes to CPU usage for Android apps. Though many apps do an excellent job regulating their CPU usage, there is still an abundance of apps that have a CPU usage of 50% or more. Suffice to say, when our devices start acting slower than normal – to the point where it becomes laborious to search through a simple website in your browser – then our experience and satisfaction quickly diminishes. If your device is acting slow, overheats more than usual, or your apps seem to be constantly crashing, that’s a good indicator that your CPU usage is approaching full capacity.

The culprit to high CPU usage is mainly attributed to the number of apps you have open and running in the background, that in the aggregate, consume too much processing power for your device to handle, thus showing a slower response time. Let’s face it, we all like to quickly jump in and out of an app without having to close out the app every time we exit. It’s more habitual than not, but the great fact here is that there are plenty of apps out there that can be left open in the background without harsh consequences – if those apps have low CPU usage. Your device should function normally while running apps with low CPU usage in the background, but if you have never closed out an app since you have purchased your phone or tablet back in 2010, then it might be time to start doing some Fall cleaning.

Here we take a look at 6 popular games with the lowest average CPU usage from M2AppMonitor’s database. If you have these games installed on your device, it’s safe to say that they aren’t the ones responsible for your device’s high CPU usage.


1. Cut the Rope Free – .0013% 

Cut the Rope Free

Cut the rope to feed candy to little monster Om Nom®, and with a .0013% average CPU usage, it’s apps like this that you can leave open in the background with no worries.

2. Zombie Tsunami – .0033% 

Zombie Tsunami

In Zombie Tsunami, take your place in a crowd of rampaging undead as you race through the city attacking the unfortunate survivors and adding them to your unstoppable throng of hungry, hot-footed horrors. Using only .0033% CPU usage on average, this is a great game to add to your collection.

3. Despicable Me: Minion Rush – .0039% 

Minion Rush

Gru’s loyal, yellow, gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Enjoying playing as a minion while consuming on average only .0039% CPU usage.

4. Solitaire – .0058% 


Who doesn’t enjoy a classic solitaire game every now and then? It’s a great game to kill time and save on CPU usage as well.

5. Deer Hunter 2014 – .0165% 

Deer Hunter

Return to the wilderness in the most visually stunning FPS hunting simulator on Android! This action game will get your juices flowing, and with its high-end graphics, it’s fantastic to see it at the top of the charts for efficient CPU usage.

6. Words With Friends Free – .0188% 

Words With Friends

Zynga takes the classic game, “Scrabble,” and turns it into a fun, social experience with Words With Friends. Using just .0188%, it’s like the app is hardly there.


This is the latest post in our Wild Wild Wednesday series. Each Wednesday we will provide you with apps that use resources more efficiently than others, with the goal to help you stay clear of the “wild,” obstructive apps to help you regain control of your device. If you want to see if any of your apps have abnormally high CPU usage, as well as 9 other monitoring metrics, then download the FREE M2AppMonitor Android app on Google Play today!

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