Turkey, stuffing, football, the Macy's parade: there's a lot to love about Thanksgiving. But spending the better part of a week cooped up with just your family for company can get pretty old -- and pretty dull.
Since you can't just hop in the car and leave your relatives behind, you'll need to find ways to have fun without upsetting the guests. These games and apps should do the trick.
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Trivia games are all well and good -- provided you know a fair share of the answers. But even the most general-knowledge deficient guest can have a good time playing Wits & Wagers.
Unlike other trivia games, if you don't know the answer, you can just back someone else's. This "family" version ditches the original game's gambling mechanic, simplifies the gameplay, and has questions more suitable for a wide range of ages. It's also built to be played in 20-minute bursts rather than those endless Trivial Pursuit matches. [Buy]
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea of creating a national Thanksgiving Day? Or that there are no fewer than three towns in the U.S. named "Turkey"? Or that turkeys have been known to suffer heart attacks at nearby loud noises? Now you do -- and these, together with many more pointless yet entertaining Thanksgiving facts, await you in this handy app. Perfect for filling those awkward silences after Uncle Mark says something inappropriate. [Buy]
Just Dance 3
Got a dancer in your family? You will after firing up the ridiculous, stupid, and totally fun Just Dance 3. It's available on Wii, Xbox Kinect, and Playstation Move and includes a wonderfully eclectic track list, but no matter the version, it's got something other dance games don't: support for four-player simultaneous dancing. That means fewer wallflowers -- and a lot more fun. [Buy]
ESPN ScoreCenter App
For millions of football fanatics, Thanksgiving Day isn't official unless it includes watching some pigskin -- and this year, loads of college games and three NFL matchups will make it hard to stay away from the tube.
But since putting the game(s) on the big screen is a surefire way to irritate the non-sports fans in the family, scratch your itch with this app from ESPN that'll nudge you with push alerts every time your team scores. Hopefully obsessively checking your phone will be less annoying than monopolizing the TV. [Buy]
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Warner Bros. Interactive)Drawing its content from the last three Potter books (or the final four movies, if you prefer), Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the best Lego video game in years.
As luck would have it, it's the best Harry Potter game in years, too.
This happy coincidence comes to you complete with the co-operative, family-friendly gameplay that's been the hallmark of the Lego series. It even handles the final act's somewhat mature subject matter thoughtfully, making it a great choice for kids and adults to play together. [Buy]
It simply wouldn't be Thanksgiving without overeating. Limit the inevitable waistline damage with this outdoor kids game that'll get your legs moving. First, make yourself some turkeys -- use brown paper bags stuffed with newspaper, tape heads and wings to footballs, or just use turkey-shaped toys. Form teams of two, stand back-to-back with your partner, link arms, and have someone pass you a turkey. First pair to reach the other side of the yard (without dropping their turkey) wins. [More info]
Beat the Parents
Think you're smarter than your kids? Sure you do -- but we suspect they don't agree. Find out who's really on top with trivia game Beat the Parents.
Perfect for post-dinner, pan-generational socializing, it sets old folks against young 'uns with sets of questions that won't bore (or bewilder) either. One caveat: it's best for parents with at least a passing interest in pop culture. You better know your Beyonce. [Buy]