“You got games on your phone?”
It is a question that haunts Black gamers whenever they return home for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s usually asked by a younger relative as the duty to look after them falls to you if you’re still in that awkward age where you’re too grown for the kids’ table but not grown enough for the adult one. You’re the cool, video-game-playing cousin and your younger relatives, much to your chagrin or not, look up to you and want to be like you. So naturally they also want to take part in — or sometimes just take — the activities you enjoy.
So in service of that grand tradition, I’ve crafted a list of games that are fun and easy to play with your sticky-fingered relatives. Most of the games are single-player for those generous (and brave enough) to fully relinquish their gaming device of choice, but I’ve also added a couple of my favorite multiplayer games too. I’ve also designed this list around mobile games to eliminate the need for lugging around bulky consoles, with the exception of a few Switch games, since the console was designed with traveling convenience in mind.
Netflix is really making a serious play for the mobile gaming market and From this: The Memories Between is a contender for best game on the service. It’s a neat, dodgeball roguelike strategy and its simple touch controls, fun and varied abilities, and the fact that you can ricochet a rubber ball into the face of your enemies will no doubt keep the kiddies entertained for a while. The game’s thoughtful exploration of relationships and gender identity might also be good for those older tweens in need of reassurances in their confusing and tumultuous coming-of-age life.
It is now impossible for me to make a mobile game list without including marvel snap🇧🇷 This game is perfect for older kids desiring the kind of collectible card game play of Magic: The Gathering Arena or hearthstone without the steep learning curve, and perfect for their younger siblings who just like watching their colorful Marvel heroes beat on each other.