5 Android Apps to Break the Ice

November 15, 2011


Awkward silences are, well, awkward, and sometimes they're simply inevitable. You know that familiar lull in conversation when most people tend to look around, comment on the weather, check their watches, or revert to discussions around the latest Stormers match. Android can help you get the conversation buzzing again.

Perhaps you're nervously shifting around on a first date, trying to let loose without letting your guard down too much. Perhaps you're stuck at a corporate retreat with little in the way of entertainment… or even electricity for that matter. Sometimes the conversation just needs the verbal equivalent of a kick in the nuts, a rev in the right direction.

Here are five Android apps to break the ice.

1. Truth or Dare
Truth or Dare features a whole bunch (by which we mean hundreds) of truths and dares to fast track your acquaintances into friends. The premise of the game is simple: either answer a truth about yourself, or accept a dare. Each dare can be fully customised according to the company you're in. For the romantics, or those feeling particularly bold, there's an option to "make it dirty", which adds a new level to the game's mechanics. Truth or Dare is free, so download it… we dare you.

2. Akinator
Akinator is like twenty questions for mobile. Think of a famous person, real or fictional, dead or alive, and Akinator the Web Genius will read your mind. We’re not just talking about the heavyweight famous ones like Nelson Mandela or Roger  Federer – even some of the less-than-mainstream figures make an appearance. From Scooby Doo and the Ninja Turtles, to Scarlett O’Hara and Genghis Khan. It’s a great little party trick, if for nothing else than its uncanny accuracy.

3. Fortune Cookie
Liberated from the depths of dark-alley Chinese takeaway joints, the humble fortune cookie has made its way to the digisphere. To break one open, simply shake or touch the cookie and all will be revealed. Whether or not you believe your fortunes can be predicted by a golden, crusted clump of hardened dough should be less concerning than Fortune Cookie’s social value. If nothing else, it’ll give you something to talk about.

4. The Moron Test
What makes The Moron Test so entertaining is that it’s as fun to play firsthand as it is to watch. Essentially, the game is a quiz that rates your IQ on the fly with a series of creative and fairly loony tests. It becomes quite obvious that the goal is to trick you, but therein lies all the entertainment . Good, clean fun to get your posse laughing out loud.

5. Ultimate drinking games
Let’s say you’re at home with a group of friends. The small talk has finished, the more sensible one have made their way home, and as the wee hours of the night tick on you’re pressed how to keep the party going. Try Ultimate Drinking Games. It’s a digital handbook of alcohol-based recreation featuring 175 variations. You can choose to randomise your choice, find the top-rated stuff,and search for games depending on the number of players at the table. Categories include cards, dice, battles of strength (arm wrestling anyone?), vocal contests, and TV/movie trivia. Make sure you have a designated driver.

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