Seriously, it’s cold outside. Snow or no snow, there is zero point in doing anything outside unless you really have to and, let’s face it, you can put off that whole go to the supermarket for food thing until Spring, right? Who says those crackers have expired? Who says there is anything better than a […]

Seriously, it’s cold outside. Snow or no snow, there is zero point in doing anything outside unless you really have to and, let’s face it, you can put off that whole go to the supermarket for food thing until Spring, right? Who says those crackers have expired? Who says there is anything better than a bundle of Android apps that the whole family can play? Nobody, that’s who.

So, while we ignore whoever disagrees with anything we have said above, here are 7 of the most addictive, brilliant and entertaining games for you and your family to play on your Android device.

 

Psych! Outwit Your Friends!

It’s the brilliant all-night, laughter-packed solution to long drives, boring nights and winter malaise. Psych is the digital Balderdash, demanding that you guess whether or not the answers your family have made are real or fake. Points to whoever is the best at bamboozling relatives. Nice.

Tip: There is the freemium tedium of ads and in-app purchases, so be warned.

 

Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re Keanu Reeves on that fateful bus hurtling towards its explosive doom – and your job is to diffuse the bomb while your sister, uncle and father shout out insane directions that completely contradict one another. Now imagine that they can’t even SEE the bomb.

That defines this very special, family-bonding-through-arguments game where one player wears the VR and sees the bomb while the others use the bomb manual to explain how to diffuse it.

Tip: You’ll need a Daydream VR headset to play.

 

Ticket to Ride

This incarnation is the digital port from the classic epic board game; with a brilliant blend of multiplayer and solo play options, anyone can get stuck in at any time. The game is very well designed, exquisitely illustrated and has had rave reviews.

Tip: It works best on a tablet, but looks just as good on a mobile phone.

Plants Vs Zombies Heroes

It’s card games – but not as you know it. There are zombies, plants, powers, revolting mermaids, dodgy looking apricots and some terrifying peas. This is the next boot in the series that made plants famous (and zombies) and is easily one of the most addictive when played against someone else in your family. Want to be the zombies, sucking the life out of the beautiful plants? Here you go.

Tip: Don’t stress too much about not having a full pack of cards to play the matches and avoid the costly in-app purchases.

Carcassonne

This game has a simple premise: want to conquer the world while potentially destroying all family relationships? Yep, it’s that good.

Tip: Do it after everyone has bought the Christmas presents.

Exploding Kittens

The most funded card game in Kickstarter history (apparently) is now an app. You can now watch kittens, beautiful fluffy kittens, explode. For fun. With the entire family. And call it wholesome entertainment. Life genuinely doesn’t get better than this. Sorry.

Tip: Avoid the exploding kittens and don’t get annoyed with the in-app purchases.

Clash of Clans

Gosh this app is good. You build villages, you raise armies, you destroy your friends, you laugh and laugh as their villages burn – it’s the ultimate guilt-free fun for the family. You can invite family members to play in multiplayer or sneakily fire up the solo adventures to get in some practice.

Tip: Disable in-app purchases if children under the age of 13 are about to use the game. It could get expensive.