It is true that in this very unusual year we live a different Christmas, in which some of the typical habits of the time, such as extended family reunions, had to be rethought. However, through technology you can keep the Christmas spirit alive: in addition to the video call sessions with those who are further away, you can enjoy the three-day “weekend” to have fun playing with your family at home.
To streamline the afternoons or Christmas evenings spent with the family, SAPO TEK brought together 10 video game proposals on multiple platforms that will delight kids and adults, including some well-known classics, as well as more modern titles.
Check out our game suggestions to liven up Christmas with the family
1 – Super Mario Party (Nintendo Switch)
The games played by Nintendo’s most popular plumber and his entourage tend to be a hit at friends and family gatherings. Released in 2018 for the Switch, Super Mario Party promises to awaken the spirit of competition for all participants with 80 mini-games for four players that feature a variety of modes.
Just roll the virtual dice and go on an adventure on a board full of surprises and special events, choosing from 20 characters from the Super Mario universe, each with their own dice. Upon successfully completing the different challenges, players accumulate stars, which can also be used to purchase useful items and whoever finishes with the most stars wins the game.
2 – Rocket League (PC / Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
The famous Psyonix game that mixes football with the adrenaline of high-speed car racing is a true sales champion and in 2019 it became part of the Epic Games catalog, joining Fortnite through the acquisition of the studio that created it.
More recently, the game has also become free, although on Xbox you will have to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold to be able to play with others. Until January 4, 2021 there is a special thematic event, known as Frosty Fest, with multiple festive challenges and special items inspired by the winter season.
3 – Just Dance 2021 (PS4 / PS5, Xbox One / Xbox Series X | S, Nintendo Switch) / Just Dance Now (Android / iOS)
Looking for a way to tackle the “cakewalk” after Christmas dinner or lunch? Bring a good mood to the room and do some warm-ups, because the latest version of the popular Just Dance will get your family moving to the beat of the hottest songs of the year.
Even if you don’t have a video game console at home, you can always have fun with the mobile version of the game that turns your smartphone into a controller and is available for both Android, on the Play Store, as for iOS, on the App Store.
4 – FIFA 21 (PC, PS4 / PS5, Xbox One / Xbox Series X | S)
Electronic Arts kicked off the new football season in October this year with the launch of FIFA 21. The arrival of the title was marked by the change in console generation, but EA promised that players who purchase the game for PS4 and Xbox One will be able to upgrade for free to PS5 and Xbox Series.
The new game features Volta Football mode again, inviting players to test their skills and earn a reputation in street football; try to build the best team of players in Ultimate Team and challenge other players online, looking for rewards in the FUT.
5 – Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Switch)
The most tropical chapter in Animal Crosssing asserts itself as one of the most popular titles of the year, boosting Nintendo Switch sales and having won the prize for best family game at The Game Awards 2020.
The magic of Christmas also came into play through the latest free winter update via “Toy Day”: the time of year when all islanders celebrate, exchange gifts and engage in festive activities, such as decorating Christmas trees and making DIY ornaments. There is also a very special visit that promises to spread the joy of the season and, by helping you deliver gifts, players will receive a reward.
6 – Among Us (PC, Android / iOS)
InnerSloth’s famous title was one of the great sensations in the world of video games in 2020, having recently won the awards for best mobile and multiplayer game in the latest edition of The Game Awards.
The premise of Among Us, a game recommended for older adults and kids, seems simple, but you will have to put your skills to the test in order to find the impostor and not let your manipulation attempts influence you.
The title is available for Android, on the Play Store, and for iOS, on the App Store. Although it is free, there is also a paid way to eliminate the ads, with a price of 3.29 euros. Gaming fans will also be able to find it on Steam for a price of 3.99 euros.
7 – Heads Up! (Android / iOS)
Heads Up! is a popular game that gives a digital twist to the well-known games of riddles. In it, a participant has to hold the smartphone in front of the forehead with the screen facing outwards, while the other players have to give clues about the word shown on the display.
The goal is for the player holding the phone to get the word right as quickly as possible. The winner is whoever gets the most riddles right. In-game available for Android and iOS various themes are available and there are also card sets that can be unlocked through in-app purchases. In addition to being able to be played with the family at home, you can try it out to liven up the video call sessions.
8 – King of Opera (Android / iOS)
The multiplayer game was designed to be played on a single smartphone. In this title, the participants will embody the character of a tenor and compete with the other players for the spotlight.
The objective is to remove the remaining tenors from the focus that illuminates the center of the stage. The controls consist of a single button, which must be pressed when your doll is facing the direction in which you want to shoot it. The game is available for Android free, but it costs $ 2.99 for iOS.
9 – Who can’t Draw (Android / iOS)
Imagine joining the “broken phone” game with Draw Something: the result is Who Can’t Draw ?, available for Android and iOS. In the title developed by oneThird, the first player receives a word that he will have to draw and the participants that follow will have to copy the drawing. The last player has the responsibility to guess the starting word and to nominate the best and worst artists in each round.
10 – Classic Reload (Videogames for the browser)
Are the youngest techies in your family always impressed when you tell them about your youthful adventures spent playing on the ZX Spectrum? Take advantage of Christmas to go retro and have fun showing your favorite classic video games in Classic Reload.
On the website, which claims to be an authentic virtual museum, can find over 6,000 free video games, which can be played directly from the browser without installing anything: from historic Pong games on consoles like Magnavox Odyssey to iconic titles for MS- DOS like Doom, Oregon Trail or Prince of Persia, not forgetting the first SEGA console, as well as games that featured only on the arcade machines of the 80s and 90s.