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The best apps and games to hole up with this Winter

The best apps and games to hole up with this Winter

What would we do without our phones or tablets? Stare at the wall? Count shadows? Make pasta from scratch? We don’t know.

What we do know is that when the days get colder there is nothing better than hibernating with a good app or game. Whether you’re a puzzler, strategist or just seeking entertainment, you’re spoiled for choice in today’s technological times. Here are some of Dodo’s favourites.

Insight Timer

It’s cold outside, so why not build a fortress of blankets and get zen with a meditation app? Insight Timer offers thousands of free guided meditations from teachers all around the world. Ranging from five minutes to over two hours, there is a meditation experience to suit everyone.

Reigns: Game of Thrones

If you’re a GOT fan, this game is a must-play this winter. A follow-up from Reigns: Your Majesty, this edition asks you to tend to your kingdoms’ subjects, swipe left or right on allies, and avoid being taken down by your foes. Are you a Lannister or a Stark? That’s the question.

Peak Brain Training

Your body might feel lethargic in this weather, but your brain doesn’t have to. Keep quick-witted with this brain training app made in partnership with the smart cookies at universities such as Cambridge and NYU. Expect puzzles, memory teasers, language and critical thinking exercises all in one, easy-to-use interface.


Remember Solitaire? Of course, you do.  Whether you were playing on your family PC or dealing actual cards onto a camp table, Solitaire was a card game staple. Solitairica is a bit like its ancestor except in this game you’re thrown into a fantasy realm where all battles are decided by the deck of cards. If you’re intrigued, you should be.

Dark Sky

OK, so this is a weather app. But it’s not your regular weather app. Dark Sky gives you a minute-by-minute forecast based on your exact location. And while that might seem like meteorological overkill, you’ll be thanking us when you need to leave the house and you’re not sure if you’re going to make the train before it buckets down.

TED Talks

Next time you want to curl up in bed with a cup of tea, maybe consider swapping Netflix out for a couple of TED Talks. The famous worldwide speaking platform is now available on your mobile or tablet for whenever you want to feed your curiosity. The app allows you to search via mood or topic, curate your own playlist and download to watch talks offline.