7 games to distract your little cousins ​​this Thanksgiving

“Do you have any games on your phone?”

It’s a question that haunts black gamers every time they come home for Thanksgiving dinner. It is usually asked by a younger relative as the duty to take care of it falls to you if you are still at that awkward age where you are too grown up for the children’s table but not enough for the adults. You are the cute cousin who plays video games and your younger relatives, much to your chagrin or not, look up to you and want to be like you. So naturally, they too want to take part, or sometimes only to take — the activities you enjoy.

So, in service of that great tradition, I’ve created a list of fun and easy games to play with your sticky-fingered relatives. Most of the games are single-player for those generous enough (and brave enough) to give up their favorite gaming device entirely, but I’ve also added a couple of my favorite multiplayer games. I also designed this list on mobile gaming to eliminate the need to lug around bulky consoles, with the exception of some Switch games, as the console was designed with travel convenience in mind.

Netflix is ​​really making a serious game for the mobile gaming market as well Desta: the memories in between it’s a contender for best game on the serve. It’s a neat dodgeball strategy roguelike and its simple touch controls, fun and varied abilities, and the fact that you can bounce a rubber ball in your enemies’ faces will no doubt keep kids entertained for a while. The game’s careful exploration of relationships and gender identity could also be useful for those older tweens who need reassurance in their confusing and tumultuous coming of age life.

It is now impossible for me to make a list of mobile games without including Marvel shot. This game is perfect for older children who want the trading card type of game Magic: The Gathering Arena or Hearth stone without the steep learning curve and perfect for their younger siblings who like to watch their colorful Marvel heroes beat each other up.

Just like with Desta, Without oxen is one of those exclusively on mobile via Netflix bangers. This game is more for your quiet reading cousin, the ones who, like me, always bring a book to family gatherings to read while everyone else is cooking, cleaning, or causing trouble.

My colleague Andrew Webster recommended this Netflix mobile game because it’s one of the games his kids like. And honestly, what nine-year-old wouldn’t love to try and make as much mess as possible in the kitchen by playing with icing, sugar, and cake batter?

Alto’s Adventure and its sequel Alto’s Odyssey are endless runner games on android and iOS. Snow or sandboard your way through different biomes, doing stunts and flips to rack up the highest score. It’s a perfect game for after the big dinner, when the meat sweats and you can’t do anything more complex than tapping a screen and getting baby to digest his food.

You can’t go wrong with kids and motion controls. Actually, you can go a lot, Very wrong, but from an entertainment standpoint, motion control games will always be a hit, with the kids and your furniture. Nintendo Switch Sports it has six (soon to be seven) games that anyone can learn, even your uncle with a bad knee. Just be sure to play away from your eldest aunt’s collection of Hummels.

Imagine a game that is What ironf meets Jeweled meet Hollow Knight (sort): that is Battle Chief Brigade. As a budding chef, you enter a competition pitting your cooking skills against a series of challengers to see who is worthy to join the prestigious Battle Chef Brigade. Battle monsters for their ingredients, then use your match-3 skills to create delicious meals that will please the palates of the judges. I love this game and will always put it on every recommendation list I can. Plus, it’s Thanksgiving, why not play a cooking game?

Speaking of cooking games… Overcooked all you can eat it’s the anti-recommendation, the troll entry at the bottom of the list included for a laugh. Overcooked Games I am the destroyer of spirits and the fracturer of families. It’s the video game equivalent of playing Spades or Uno, meant to stir up intense drama and breakouts that are damnably close to violence. This game isn’t for the faint of heart or slow of thumb, but it’s really fun if you have a raucous crowd.

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