Whether you’re planning to use your mobile or tablet to play games and have fun with your family members this festive season, or whether you end up using the latest apps to escape from the annual yuletide family argument, there are lots of great apps to choose from. Here are a few especially fun and/or useful apps that we think Santa should slip into your digital stocking this Christmas.
Getting serious with Yog
After the food-fest marathon that is Christmas time, you may be looking for ways to lose a pound or two come the New Year. While apps that help you track your jogging or running progress are nothing new, an app called Yog offers a new twist. It enables you to invite others to come along with you for a scheduled run; as long as they have the app, they can be anywhere in the world. A map displays your progress, and audio messages encourage you as you burn those calories. We tend to perform better when competing, so this app could be perfect for getting you in shape in 2013. [iOS Android]
Angry fun – Angry Birds Star Wars
If you thought Angry Birds couldn’t get any better, think again. The franchise has been injected with the magic of the Star Wars universe this time, and while some thought that mixing a silly bird-based ‘fling n smash’ game with George Lucas’ creations might be a bit risky for the Star Wars series, most people think Angry Birds Star Wars is the best AB game so far. Skywalker, Vader, R2D2 and many others appear in avian form with their own special powers. Not to be missed this Christmas – available on tablets and mobiles alike. [iOS Android]
Improving those Christmas family snaps – Camera+
iPhone users can improve their photographic output this festive season with Camera +, enabling you to get the most from the platform’s camera system. Set exposure, line up shots, access various new scene modes and add a dazzling array of filters and effects once you taken your pictures. After you’re happy with your creation, you can post it on social media services using the integrated sharing facility. [iOS]
A bit of festive vice – Vice City
Vice City is the latest installment in the Grand Theft Auto series, a line of games that virtually invented open game play over 10 years ago. This latest incarnation is now available for iOS users, with a slightly delayed Android version to follow soon. While the themes of this game are very much adult-based, Vice City is incredibly fun to play, as you take control of wronged mafia goon Tommy Vercetti and help him clear his name. To do this he seems compelled to steal and crash cars, shoot people and carry out all manner of other joyously criminal activities. If the festive season is getting a bit schmaltzy, then Vice City could be the perfect antidote. [iOS Android]
These are just some of the fabulously fun games and apps you can download for your mobile or tablet this Christmas, whether you want to enhance it or take your mind off it. And if you’re looking for the latest tablet to use them on, check out the selection from Misco. Enjoy!