“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.