It's that time of the year again...
The time when many of us are forced to attend holiday dinners and family reunions, when we'd rather just stay home yelling at our Overwatch teammates and delighting in earning Play of the Game. Sure the food may be good, but is it really worth the awkwardness?
Here're 5 iOS games to help alleviate boredom when you're stuck in those uncomfortable parties. Oh, and never fear, Android users, we've got you covered too.
1. The Room
Fans of games akin to Myst will enjoy our first entry on this list. The Room is a point-and-click (point-and-tap?) puzzle game focusing on exploration and problem solving. Open hidden compartments and drawers on a mysterious safe, chipping away at its secrets until it's finally unlocked.
This iPad game was first released in 2015, and still holds up beautifully. With three entries in the series so far, you're sure to have plenty to do while avoiding social interaction.
2. Fate/Grand Order
Those familiar with the Fate series may recognize the characters in the above trailer. Fate/Grand Order is a continuation of the series and a reboot of Fate/Apocrapha.
Featuring an original story written by Kinoko Nasu and Yuichiro Higashide, this RPG-style game has you assemble a team of characters from the Fate series, summoning them as "servants" via gatcha, and leveling them up as you go through the game's story.
It just so happens that now is an excellent time to join in on the fun, as the GUDAGUDA Honnouji is currently in progress and will be ending the day after Thanksgiving. During the event, a mini story centering around Oda Nobunaga will be available, and you'll be able to obtain exclusive servants.
3. Steven Universe: Attack the Light
With the release of Steven Universe: Save the Light on Xbox One and PS4 last month, now would be an excellent time to play its prequel if you haven't already. Dive into the world of Steven Universe in this adorable RPG, following Steven and his alien friends Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in an adventure to save the world from an ancient, sparkly foe.
You can Believe In Steven and download Steven Universe: Attack the Light here! Who knows, if you enjoy Attack the Light, you may end up adding Save the Light to your holiday wishlist.
4. Fire Emblem: Heroes
Released early this year, Fire Emblem: Heroes has become many mobile gamers' favorite tactical time-waster. Assemble an army of characters from various Fire Emblem games to overcome obstacles and enemies, saving enslaved heroes from the evil Emblian Empire and summoning them to fight on your side.
Download Fire Emblem: Heroes here and join the battle against boredom!
5. The Witness
At $10, The Witness may feel like a pricey investment to make on a mobile title, but this game is well worth it. This first-person puzzle game was initially released last year on PC and PS4, and received critical acclaim and had record-breaking sales. Explore a vibrant world and make your way through the different areas by solving hundreds of puzzles and discovering secrets that sometimes are so clever they'll leave you gaping.
Best played on iPad, The Witness will certainly keep you, and possibly a few of your relatives, very busy throughout family reunions.
6. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
Animal Crossing comes to mobile for the first time ever in this new, adorable title. Craft items, decorate your campsite, and make friends with all your favorite animals in this free-to-play Animal Crossing adventure!
Fans of the series will be happy to know that Nintendo has finally announced a launch date for locations other than Australia!
You can download Animal Crossing Pocket Camp now, just in time for Thanksgiving.
7. Tiny Bird Garden
Fans of Neko Atsume will recognize the concept of Tiny Bird Garden. Decorate your garden with a variety of bird toys to attract a huge cast of adorable, tiny birds! The more the birds visit, the more they like you. Unlike Neko Atsume, however, you can also meet some human neighbors that will help you on your quest to make friends with all the tiny birds! You can download it here!
GameSkinny has given you the weapons, but only you can arm yourself. We hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving, whether you'll spend it avoiding family interactions or reveling in them!