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Beyond Angry Birds: 7 Ways to Turn Your Phone into an Entertainment Center

by Kristy Quist
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So you got a new phone for Christmas? Make the most of it. Next time you find yourself or your children with nothing to do—in line at the grocery store, sitting in the orthodontist’s waiting room, or waiting in the car during a long errand itinerary—pull out your secret weapon. Here are some ideas:

1. Crayon Physics Deluxe
This game involves drawing objects to help guide a ball across the screen. Hey, you might even learn something! iTunes

2. Fruit Ninja
You may have heard of this ultra-popular game. Take out your aggression in a harmless way—slice fruit in half with your fingers, increase your digital dexterity, and win points. Android   iTunes

3. Tiny Tower
Become a real estate developer—you get to build towers, including residential and commercial portions. Learn about rent, revenue, and human resources. Android  iTunes

4. Scoops
A very simple game in which the phone acts as the ice cream cone, and you try to catch the falling scoops of ice cream, avoiding all of the nasty vegetables. Perhaps not so educational. iTunes

5. Cupcakes!
More food. This one is more entertainment than an actual game. You create a batch of cupcakes—from liners to decorations. Mix the batter, bake, and frost the cupcakes. Then eat them—virtually. Android   iTunes

6. Jumbline
If your friends always get tired of waiting for your next move in Words With Friends, try this single-player game. Unscramble the letters to find all the possible words, and move up to the next level. Android   iTunes

7. Star Walk
This isn’t a game at all. Hold the phone up to the sky, wherever you are, and it will show you the stars, planets, and constellations in that portion of the sky. iTunes

There you have it. Seven more ways to fritter your time away. As with any such game, beware the paid options, especially if your kids have their hands on your phone.

What are you playing? We’d love to hear about it!

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