Fun Christmas Android games for the holiday season

by Tim McLain

'Tis the week before Christmas, and on every Android phone, a trove of free holiday apps are awaiting, all snug in their marketplace. Dash away, dash away, dash away all, to grab these festive offerings, and to all a good night!

Angry Birds Seasons (Free)

Like a virtual Advent calendar, the developers at Rovio Mobile are offering a fresh, no-cost, holiday-themed level of Angry Birds every day leading up to Christmas, delivered through this standalone download. That's 25 complimentary levels, sporting snow scenes and bundled-up birds that are set on taking out those evil Grinch-like pigs. The app also includes all 45 Halloween levels in a "Trick or Treat" episode. With more than 30 million downloads of Angry Birds apps to date (5 million by Android owners), gently urging us to launch Seasons daily to grab a new level (and see today's ads) just makes sense businesswise. And, it's a load of fun, to boot!

Pandas vs Ninjas Christmas (Free)

The pandas enjoyed a quiet life. That was, of course, until the ninjas arrived. This free Angry Birds clone, sporting snowy scenes and candy cane constructions, challenges all comers to defend the pandas' precious homeland from an invading horde of evil ninjas. You'll need to bring your A game to this title, with many levels needing a very specific move or technique to get on to the next. Aim carefully, hit those candy-colored platforms, and watch those ninjas get what's coming to them.

Jewellust Xmas Lite (Free)

Like a chocolate sampler with three rich confections inside, Jewellust Xmas is the perfect stocking-stuffer for every Android puzzle gamer. Bursting with color, Christmas trees, candy canes and ornaments, this three-leveled seasonal treat brings the familiar "swap and burst" gameplay of the full Jewellust titles to your device. Gather as many tiles as you can, help Santa get presents to all the kiddies, work your way through jigsaw puzzles, and snag power-ups every chance you get. The full $2.95 version brings 35 levels of fun, along with two game modes, nine power-ups, online scoreboards and more.

Christmas Puzzle: Jigsaw (Free)

This ad-supported app will get you in the Christmas spirit with a few swipes of your fingers! Boasting a collection of 51 individual virtual jigsaw puzzles, each sporting a jolly Christmas theme, you and your family can't help but smile as each offering unfolds. Start with large-pieced images, and work your way through progressively more difficult offerings. Doing jigsaw puzzles on your smartphone doesn't get any better than this.