The holidays are here, and you're probably exhausted from all the frantic shopping, ready to kick back, relax and maybe take a break from the relatives. With these five free apps you can have a good time on the house. (We mean free, not sitting on the roof like Santa.)
"You Don't Know Jack" (Jellyvision Games) The clever
trivia game features hundreds of humorous questions (all read by the
wise-cracking host Cookie Masterson), as well as bonus rounds like Jack
Attack, where you tap the screen when the right answer appears to get
Connecting your Facebook account lets you play online against friends
at least once a day for free — or more if you buy "tokens" from within
the app [iTunes link], ranging from a small pack ($1.99) to a huge one ($16.99).
"Real Racing GTI" (Firemint) This quality racer
features superb game controls, with the option for both touch and tilt
steering. It has smooth graphics and three modes to choose from — GTI
Cup, Quick Race and Time Attack.
"Real Racing GTI"
is also supported by Apple's GameCenter, so you can post your best
times in the leaderboards and unlock Achievements. It's well worth a
"10 Pin Shuffle Lite" (Digital Smoke, iOS and Android)
This game is a curious but enjoyable mix of three activities —
shuffleboard, bowling and poker. You start off by lining up your puck in
front of a set of pins, as you would a bowling ball.
Scoring strikes or spares earns you cards, which you can then compare
against other players' to see who has the best poker hand. If you
choose to pay $3.99 for the full game, you'll unlock two additional
activities (regular shuffleboard and bowling), along with online
multiplayer. This one is available for both iOS and Android.
"Frisbee Forever 2" (Kiloo Games) The game features
more than 70 courses of ring-passing challenges and finding hidden
secrets across three continents. "Frisbee Forever 2" also comes with
plenty of unlockable Wham-O! licensed discs, which you can use within
Plus, for a freebie game, it has fantastic graphics, as well as a fun soundtrack. Get it at iTunes.
"Bejeweled Blitz" (PopCap Games) "Blitz"
offers a quick, competitive take on the gem-matching puzzle game. You
have one minute to get the highest score possible, aligning three or
more gems in rows and columns and eliminating them from the playfield.
Your best scores are then posted to leaderboards, where you can
challenge the world. You can also connect your game through Facebook,
taking on opponents through Cross-Play, should you know people playing
it on the social network.