Holiday season games for group fun and me-time


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Phew, you’ve made it to the end of the year and now it’s time to take some well deserved time out to put your feet up and totally max out.  We all love spending time with family and friends over the holiday season but sometimes you also need to just decompress and be by yourself too. It’s the best of both worlds and these are the apps to help you make the most of it. With most of them free, it’s one way to save this holiday season on some good quality entertainment.

 

Crowd pleasers for the ultimate games night 

A competitive games night will never go amiss when you’re on holiday. In fact, you know you need to have one so that you can keep your record and make sure Uncle Sam doesn’t surprise you with any sneaky tactics this year. Everyone will enjoy these apps and you’re bound to end up in hysterics!

 

Heads Up!

heads up

R14.99

iPhone and iPad

 

For this fun game, all you need to do is guess the word on the card on your head (i.e. the card the appears on your iPhone or iPad that you hold up to your head), from your friend’s clues before the timer runs out. You can play with a group of any size and to draw a new card all you need to do is tilt your iPhone or iPad. There are a ton of categories to choose from like celebrities, movies, animals, accents, characters and more. You can even keep videos as a record of the hilarious rounds that you play to go back and watch later for added entertainment value! With this fun app, family game night will never be the same.

 

Psych!

 

Psych

 

Free

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

 

In this game, you get to choose from a variety of fun categories and make up fake answers to real trivia questions. Your friend then has to choose the real answer among all of the fakes. If you’re the one guessing, you get points for choosing the right answer. If you’re the one making up fake answers, you get points for each player that you PSHYC! into choosing your answer. You can even play this game in the car while you’re road tripping. It’s fun, creative and hilarious all in one!

 

 

Charades

 

Charades

 

Free

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 

 

This classic game never gets old. Plus, you know you’re always going to have a good laugh when Granny has to do the Macarena for the 4th year in a row! This game is perfect for a big crowd or a small one. There are a range of challenges and activities from dancing, acting, singing, impersonating, trivia and more. The decks are also themed and include TV shows and movies, science, music and the list goes on. All you need to do is draw a new card by tilting your iPhone or iPad and get your team to guess the word on the card before the timer runs out.

 

 

When downtime equals me time

 

WGT Golf

 

golf

 

Free

iPhone and iPad

 

If you’re a golf fanatic then this app is the closest you’ll get to playing on some of the world's most prestigious courses. This is a full simulation game using the best 3D and GPS technology. It comes with top-notch graphics and you’ll be able to swing, drive, chip and putt using different golf shots from different lies on the tee, fairway, rough, bunkers and greens. You can play with friends or without and even share some of your best shots on Facebook, just for a little brag. It’s the perfect game when you just need to switch off and zone out.

 

Pure Sudoku

 

Sudoku

 

Free

iPhone and iPad

 

For many, Sudoku is the perfect way to totally relax but still keep your mind challenged. This app is really easy to use and has a simple and beautiful design. It has puzzles that span over 6 different difficulty levels to keep you busy for hours. Whether it’s on the beach, on your couch or while you’re waiting in the shopping queue getting Christmas presents, you can start and stop this game at any time.

 

 

Penny Dell Crossword Daily

 

Penny Dell

 

Free

iPhone and iPad

 

If you’re an avid crossword player then you’ve no doubt heard of Penny Dell! With new crosswords available daily (for free), you can keep yourself occupied for hours challenging yourself on easy, medium or hard levels. If you get stuck, there are hints to show you the current letter and the current word in each puzzle. If you’re not quite sure of your answer, use the pencil to fill it in. If you’re feeling confident then use the pen! Do them while you’re lying around the pool, when you’re having a rest on your bed in the afternoon or if it’s a rainy day outside. Now that sounds like a real holiday!

 

Do you have an Apple TV? 

 

When it comes to games night, it’s always an added bonus if you get to see it all on the big screen! If you have an Apple TV, consider mirroring your iPhone or iPad display to your TV so that everyone can see what’s going on and to get them really involved. To get set up just follow these simple steps:

 

1.  Ensure that your Apple TV and iPhone or iPad are both on the same Wi-Fi network.
2.  Drag up from the bottom of the screen on your iPhone or iPad until you see the Control Center.
3.  Tap on the AirPlay or Screen mirroring button.
4.  Select the relevant Apple TV or device by tapping it, and turn on mirroring.

 

Everything that happens on your iOS device display will now appear on your television. If you’re playing a game where someone must not see whats on the screen (like charades) then don’t forget to tell them to turn around when their turn comes!

 

Let the games begin!

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