At this point in the month, you or at least a few people you know are probably getting ready to scramble around (or are already scrambling around) for Thanksgiving Dinner. It's a hectic day of precise oven utilization, but there's also the whole family and camaraderie thing.
We've already put together a handy list of useful apps that should make your Thanksgiving a breeze, but what if you want to unwind while staying in the holiday spirit or practice for the insanity that is to come? Well you're in luck, because now we've got a list of a half-dozen iOS games that evoke all sorts of Thanksgiving feelings - both heartwarming and... well, not so heartwarming.
Bound for a New world
Lest we forget - despite the millions upon millions of middle school plays about it - the reason we devour so much turkey and corn around this time of year is because a bunch of bright-eyed adventurers decided to plant their roots on another continent. I'm sugarcoating things, of course, but what better way to experience that (probably non-existent given their circumstances) high seas adventure than with Sid Meier's Pirates!?
Settling a New and Dangerous Land
Once these settlers ("pilgrims," if you will) successfully made landfall, they still had to work on colonizing their new home. It involved a lot of building, farming, hunting, and quite possibly (don't quote me on this) fighting off zombie hordes and exploding shrub monsters. Just like Minecraft - Pocket Edition when you think about it.
Meat and Veggies
Jokes about zombies aside, it was undoubtedly a harsh life. At least for a while. Then they had to focus on maintaining their food supplies, which makes Agricola seem like a perfect fit. I mean it's a game that's all about looking after your family, planting and harvesting crops, caring for livestock, and competing with your neighbors over resources. It's practically "Thanksgiving: The Board Game."
Cross-Country Road Trips
Nowadays things are a lot easier, but for those of us with extended family there's still the looming threat of the cross-country road trip. Organ Trail: Director's Cut does a fantastic job of simulating that yearly tradition of stuffing your family into a station wagon and driving for what feels like a combination of an eternity and an afternoon spent in jury duty. It even manages to incorporate the random broken limbs.
Avoiding Awkward Family Members
Big family gatherings always - always - have that one relative that's a bit odd, too fanatical about politics, or wants to kiss everyone. So you can hone your bear hug avoidance skills by playing PAC-MAN Championship Edition. Actually, it's a good way to practice both avoiding family and stuffing your face with
Fighting Through Retail Crowds
Once all the thanks has been given, and you're left with a bunch of useless belts and enough leftovers to go a month without grocery shopping, it'll be time to take advantage of all those Black Friday sales. Personally I prefer to stay home, but if you must nimbly dodge through hordes of deal-seekers you might want to practice first with a game like Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous.