Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about how the Bears are terrible this year. Luckily, there's an easy way to enjoy yourself, even when you're not stuffing your face with turkey — and it's right there in your pocket. Mobile games are a great way to kill time, and no matter if you only have a few minutes or a few hours, there's something out there to keep you occupied. Here are six ways to make your Thanksgiving a little more awesome.
If you only have a few quick moments to sneak in a game, say while you're waiting for dessert to come out, there are few better options than Threes. The number-crunching puzzler is incredibly simple, with gameplay that revolves around adding numbers together to create even bigger ones. Its clever design and intuitive touch controls make it easy to get into, but that just makes it harder to put down: it always feel like you could do just a little bit better the next time. You only need a few minutes to play, but you'll want to stick around a whole lot longer.
The original Dots was popular, but its basic endless gameplay left a lot to be desired. The sequel makes things a whole lot better. Now, instead of a never-ending high score chase, you have bite-sized levels, each with their own unique challenges. It makes for a much more varied and interesting experience, and the quick-but-satisfying gameplay means you won't have to ignore your family to play — or at least not for very long.
After you and your loved ones consume a massive feast, it's likely your brain won't quite be at its snappiest, so a slower, contemplative game like Monument Valley might be best. Though its levels can be quite challenging, with their impossible, mind-bending architecture, there's no time limit, and you can't really fail either. The beautiful music and visuals will help ease you into that impending tryptophan-induced coma — and the excellent new expansion means there's even more to love.
For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner means travelling long distances to see family and friends. And whether you're in the back of a car or stuck in the aisle seat of an airplane, there are few better ways to pass the time than 80 Days. It has all of the great writing and adventure of a pulp novel, but with interactive elements that make you feel like a part of the journey. As an added bonus, 80 Days has excellent replay value, as each time you play, things will turn out differently.
80 Days is available on iTunes
The Sailor's Dream
When family gets together, bad things can happen; screaming kids running amok, empty bottles of wine reigniting long-dormant arguments. Sometimes you just need to get away and relax. And with an iPhone, some headphones, and The Sailor's Dream, you can do just that. It's part short story collection, part concept album, and one of the most laid-back experiences you can have on a mobile device — even the title screen is peaceful, with its serene music and gently crashing waves, which are great for drowning out noisy relatives.
The Sailor's Dream is available on iTunes
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
It may be a bit trickier to sneak a tablet to a family get together, but then again, who could go that long without playing Hearthstone? Blizzard's incredibly addictive digital card game is ideally suited for playing in both quick bursts and over extended periods; really, the only hitch is that you'll need an internet connection to play. But with the game's first big expansion on the way, now is the perfect time to earn some extra gold.
Hearthstone is available on iTunes (iPad only)