Board games are so 2014
Christmas day is about spending time with your loved ones. And in years gone by, the day would traditionally be rounded off with a board game or two, providing naptime hadn’t proved more attractive.
But, that was in the olden days. In the age of technology, smartphones and tablets rule supreme. So, in light of that, this is how we’d recommend you tackle post-Christmas dinner with the family in 2015.
The game that found fame on Ellen DeGeneres’ American talk show is also available for us non-famous people. If you’re unfamiliar with Heads Up!, it involves you holding your smartphone against your forehead, while your teammates describe what’s on the screen for you to guess. A bit like Who Am I?, but with a smartphone instead of a Post-it note.
Heads Up! is available to download from the App Store or the Google Play Store for free
DUAL! is one of our favourite mobile games of 2015. It’s a multiplayer played between two smartphones, and the aim is to shoot down your opponent’s spaceship. The best part is, your screen only shows your spaceship, so you’ll probably be firing blind.
The two phones connect through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You then tilt your phone to aim, deflect and dodge, tapping the screen to take a shot.
DUAL! is available to download from the App Store or the Google Play Store for free.
QuizUp is an awesome multiplayer quiz game, connecting you to both your friends and trivia-obsessed smartphone owners around the world. There are millions of topics for all ages, spanning a massive range of interests - simply create an account, and start testing your knowledge against your family and friends.
QuizUp is available to download from the App Store or the Google Play Store for free.
If you’re lucky enough to have received a Chromecast from Old St. Nick, you should know that it can be used for much more than streaming Netflix and watching funny cat videos on YouTube.
By syncing your phone to your TV, you can play games using your phone as the controller – like you would with the Nintendo Wii.
Connect 4 quads
Connect 4 is a classic board game, but it can now be taken into the digital space with Chromecast. Connect up to four smartphones to your TV and digitally drop the red and yellow checkers into place in an effort to connect four of the same colour before your opponent.
Motion Tennis Cast
This app mirrors the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii quite closely, with your smartphone becoming a virtual tennis racquet. Once you’ve synced up your TV and smartphone, you’ll be able to control the on-screen tennis player in a series of sets to take home the coveted living room plate.