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10 Fun Games for Black Friday Sales Lines

Nov. 1, 2013
Black Friday, Shopping
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When lining up for door busting Black Friday sales, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself with lots of free time. You could always bring along your Kindle or talk to your queue-neighbor, but how long do you really think either will keep you entertained? Instead, why not turn to games to keep your mind occupied while you wait to score the perfect Black Friday deal. Here are ten fun games that can easily eat up your free time on Black Friday.


Dots is a simple, but endlessly entertaining android game. The point of it is to arrange as many same colored dots into squares as you can within 60 seconds. The app allows you compare your score to other players, including friends that also have the app, which lends a competitive element to the already entertaining game.


This game gives a humorous twist to the universally known Shakespearian play. It’s an action adventure game with 25 levels, interesting gameplay and fascinating quizzes. Download it now to simultaneously distract from Black Friday waiting and exercise your brain while you sit out in the cold.


This is a classic and simple card game and a childhood favorite for many people. It’s based on drawing cards from the Uno deck and playing off others’ hands. The winner of this game emerges when someone gets rid of all their cards. This is perfect if you’re waiting in line with three or more people and need to keep busy for hours until your Black Friday store opens.

Twenty Questions

Sometimes the classics are the best. In this time-honored game, each player takes turns picking a person, place, or thing. The other players then try to narrow down to what the player has in mind with a series of 20 questions.

4 Pics, 1 Word

This addicting mobile game revolves around figuring out a mystery word by looking at four different pictures. Like Hangman, the game provides the number of letter spaces available to you as a clue to the answer. Finding the commonality between the four images is the key to guessing the mystery word.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds’ various iterations have been downloaded by millions, which means you, your friends, and your grandma have probably all played it before. The key to this game is passing each level to retrieve the birds’ stolen eggs from evil piggies. You can bet at least one other person in your line will be playing Angry Birds while waiting for those Black Friday sales as well.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

As with Twenty Questions, this is a classic game that you don’t need any technology for. Also akin to Twenty Questions, you need other people to play with – so we hope you have friends or friendly Black Friday line-mates. Other than some company, you don’t actually need anything to play this game, which most of learned as kids. Rock, paper, scissors may get old, but it can still give you a long time of enjoyment.

Candy Crush Saga

This well-loved Facebook game is also available on your smartphone. It’s similar to Bejeweled in that it involves making matches along rows and columns of similarly colored objects. Since it’s connected to Facebook, playing Candy Crush is a convenient way to keep up with your friends’ scores (and pass them up!).

Texas Hold ‘Em

This is a poker game that has taken the country by storm in the past decade or so. Once obscure, Texas Hold ‘Em is now played in tournaments that are watched with fascination by millions of Americans. (Fun fact: An industry-shaking  online poker case was deemed “Black Friday” by the online poker community). The best part is that it’s easy to learn and only requires a deck of cards.

Waiting in line alone? There are dozens of great Hold ‘Em websites and smartphone apps available to single players.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

This mobile smartphone game from Gameloft is reminiscent of the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises. It features unbelievably crisp graphics that are sure to keep you occupied for hours. The coolest thing about this game is that its multiplayer option allows you to play with other Black Friday shoppers while you all wait.

Final Word

Whether you’re a grizzled Black Friday veteran or a greenhorn looking forward to your first escape on the commercial holiday, you have a long, long wait ahead of you. Be sure to check out the ten games above to keep boredom at bay.

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