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GADGETS: The top Boxing Day 'boredom busters'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

By Peter Jenkinson

  • Telestrations - £19.99 from smythstoys.com

  • 5 second rule - £14.99 at argos.co.uk

  • App of the week - iZettle - free on iTunes and Google Play.

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Once the frantic festivities of Christmas Day are over, Boxing Day can feel like a bit of a let-down. But invest in these brilliant board games, and you can make the day after as fun as the day before

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

Telestrations – £19.99 from smythstoys.com

Each player draws a word, then the next player guesses, in words, what the drawing is. Player three draws that word; player four writes it... and so on and so on, until the pad returns to the original sketcher. Points are then given on how much the final scrawl resembles what the first scrawl was meant to be. Whether or not you master the art of speed sketching is almost irrelevant, this game certainly masters the art of silly fun.

CREATURE COMFORTS

Bugs In The Kitchen – £19.20 from amazon.co.uk

There is a hexbug Nano scuttling about here, and the aim of this fast-paced maze game is to catch it. By throwing the dice, then turning the kitchen knives, forks and spoons in a certain direction, you try to direct the bug into your lair. After five successful lurings, you’ve won. Oddly addictive.

BRAIN ACHE

PLYT – £24.67 from plyt.co.uk

Ok, this board game is based around maths, but in a very fun, board game version of maths way. Everyone can set their own level of challenge, making it perfect for all the family, and by doing a few sums and taking calculated risks, you will progress much quicker. The perfect way to put some education in your festive entertainment.

TRADE WINS

Monopoly Empire – £14.99 from smythstoys.com

This trading game is shorter (thankfully) than its property dealing relation, and it has you quickly moving around the board picking up global brands to build up your empire. The aim is to fill your tower with brands while avoiding competitors’ tactics and making some tough decisions along the way. A superb twist on a classic, without losing any of that classic competitiveness.

THINK, QUICK

5 Second Rule – £14.99 at argos.co.uk

Of course you can name, say, three breeds of dog, or three things you find down the back of the sofa – but could you do it in five seconds or less? This simple-to-play but impossible-to-put-down game is great for all ages, and we guarantee some brilliant, and baffling, answers when the pressure is on.

ORDER, ORDER

Sort It Out – £18 from hamleys.com

After all the chaos of Christmas, it’s nice to get a bit of neat order back into your life, isn’t it? Cue this brilliant game, which is basically all about putting stuff in the right order and making lists of the biggest, fastest, loudest, smallest and longest of all manner of subjects, on over 300 cards.

APP OF THE WEEK

iZettle – free on iTunes and Google Play

Offering everyone and every small business the chance to accept payment by card, this app really is a gamechanger. Stick their reader into your smart device, download the app, register an account and, in a matter of minutes, you can take on the high street.

TOP 10 PAID FOR APPS FOR ANDROID PHONES

1. The Chase

2. Where’s Wally Now? TM

3. Monopoly Millionaire

4. Alice Trapped In Wonderland

5. Holiday Drops – Match three puzzle

6. Camera for Kindle Fire

7. Minecraft – Pocket Edition

8. Plants vs Zombies

9. Watch Movies Now Pro

10. Hidden Objects Merry Christmas

TOP 10 FREE APPS FOR ANDROID PHONES

1. Relax and Rest Meditations

2. Candy Crush Saga

3. BBC iPlayer

4. Rail Rush

5. Facebook

6. Escape The Titanic

7. Despicable Me: Minion Rush

8. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

9. BBC Media Player

10. vTube – YouTube viewer + downloader

(Both charts courtesy of Appstore on amazon.co.uk)

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