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10 Smartphone Games for the Holidays

Need to keep the kids occupied this Holiday season? Then fire up the smartphone, download a few games and let their thumbs do the talking. Whether it’s waiting in line for Santa Claus or killing time on the on the way to grandma’s house, smartphone games can provide an almost endless distraction for kids of any age.

The following games are all simple to learn and can be played solo or with siblings and friends. There are even some that Mom will love. But be careful, it’s easy to become addicted!

Plants vs. Zombies

You’re about to be attacked by a mob of fun-loving zombies and your only defense is an array of zombie-zapping plants. A classic action game that demands quick thinking and even quicker reflexes. Over 50 different levels will keep your kids occupied for hours at a time, and collectibles and power-ups keep everything fresh.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $2.99

Cut the Rope

Help the adorable Om Nom get his candy by cutting through the swinging ropes at exactly the right time. Another progression puzzle that starts out easily enough but gets devilishly difficult as you move through the various levels. Post your best score and let’s see who can beat it!

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $0.99

Where’s My Perry

A beautifully-crafted game with highly polished graphics and a wonderful storyline. Help Perry navigate a treacherous path through the underground maze. A great game to play with kids, although you may end up playing it more than they do!

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $0.99

THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition

This classic board game has now been adapted for the iPhone with wonderful results. You and up to 3 friends can use the touch controls to navigate the fun characters along the winding roads, taking chances and watching as your destiny unfolds!

Platform: iOS
Cost: $0.99

Bejeweled Blitz

The one-minute version of the popular Facebook game, Bejeweled Blitz is the perfect game for that back-of-the-taxi ride or when you want to kill a few minutes. Line up the jewels for points, and speed bonuses, star gems, “hypercubes” and “multipliers” will all add to your score.

Platform: iOS
Cost: $0.99

Words With Friends

Perhaps my all-time favorite, Words With Friends is a strategy word game that is a lot like scrabble. You can play with Facebook friends, the person sitting next to you or random players online. Use the seven available letters to make a word – and make sure you hit those premium squares!

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $2.99

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Everyone’s favorite PC game is perfect for the smartphone. Get creative with your blocks or go off on wild and wonderful adventures. Randomly created worlds keep things interesting and the true multi-player format means you can take a buddy along for the ride.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $6.99

Fruit Ninja

Need to get rid of some pent-up energy? The popular Fruit Ninja game allows you to chop, slice and dice your way through watermelons, oranges, pineapples and other assorted fruit, all with the swipe of a finger. A networking feature allows you to play head-to-head with friends.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $0.99

Where’s My Water?

Help Swampy and Cranky, the two sewer-dwelling alligators, find the water they so desperately need. Great graphics and a fun soundtrack accompany your attempts to crack increasingly challenging puzzles. With over 400 levels to work through, your kids can keeping coming back without ever feeling that they’ve done it all before.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: $0.99

Angry Birds

No list of popular smartphone games is complete without the ubiquitous Angry Birds. Download the original to help those irritable avians destroy the pigs or try one of the spinoffs like Angry Birds Rio or Angry Birds Space. Either way, prepare to join the millions of people that have Angry Bird addiction!

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: various

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