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Bored? These 5 Apps Will Help You Survive the Holidays

Trying to escape your relatives for a few minutes is a holiday tradition.

Like unwrapping gifts and drinking eggnog, trying to escape your relatives for a few minutes is a holiday tradition.

There were a lot of great apps released in 2015. Instead of taking a nap or watching a basketball game you don't care about, try playing an addictive game or streaming your favorite show this Christmas.

Lara Croft GO
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Lara Croft GO

"Tomb Raider" fans can once again play as Lara Croft, this time in a turn-based adventure game with 101 puzzles to solve. ($1.99, iOS, Android, Windows)

Fun Games For Free


This "coloring therapy" app promises an escape from anxiety, perfect for when your relatives start bickering about politics. Color the florals and mandalas with a tap-and-paint interface. (Free, iOS, Android, Amazon)


The Pac-Man action never stops, with one endless level that goes on for as long as you stay alive, complete with power-ups that give you the power to shoot lasers, become giant and more. (Free, iOS, Android)

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones" Season 5, Episode 1Helen Sloan / Courtesy of HBO


If there's a time to start paying $15 a month to watch "Game of Thrones," "Girls" and "Silicon Valley," it's during the holidays. The app lets you stream all HBO movies and TV shows on your Android and iOS devices, as well as on streaming boxes like the Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV. (Free, costs $15 per month)


Named 2015's "App of the Year" by Apple, Periscope lets users live-stream video. Distract yourself with other feeds or broadcast your own thoughts to entertain others struggling with holiday boredom. (Free, iOS, Android)