For those with some holiday downtime to play with their old or new tablets and desktops, here are a few recommended apps and sites:
"Republique" is a new action/adventure game app based on the very timely theme of government surveillance in the Internet age.
The objective is to hack into the nation's surveillance system and rescue an imprisoned game character.
Developed by Camouflaj, "Republique's" realistic visuals and immersive survival game play are generating praise and buzz.
The app is designed for iPad/iPhone/iPod and runs on iOS7 or later. There are plans to release versions for PC and Mac in 2014.
There will be five episodes, with new ones launching every two to three months. The first installment is $4.99 in the iTunes store. Players can buy an $18.99 season pass for all five episodes.
"Republique" is rated 12 and up for intense horror and mild violence.
Camouflaj has posted a trailer on the company website.
Spin for Good is a new charity-driven social gaming site that's well-suited to the season of giving.
For a small donation ($5 or $20), players can register for online tournaments in which they compete in a slot machine game. Those who rack up the most wins on the leaderboard win a portion of the prize money. Winners get to choose which of the site's charity partners gets their share. All money raised through the games goes to charity.
Players can register on the Spin for Good website, or through Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Families trying to entertain restless little ones over the holiday break can visit the Molly Moccasins interactive book and game site for hours of free entertainment.
The site is based on children's author Victoria Ryan O'Toole's "Molly Moccasins" books series, which are written with the aim of fostering curiosity among younger readers.
The site contains nearly 70 animated stories. The words are highlighted as the narrator reads them, so kids can read along and learn new words.
There is a companion series of games and activities based on the stories, including e-painting, word of the day and printable coloring books.
Mobile versions include apps, ebooks and audio books.
Adrian McCoy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1865.