San Diego, CA experienced a first of its kind (for the city) power outage which left more than 1.4 million households in the dark for roughly 12 hours or so depending on which part of San Diego County you lived in. With a power outages comes a few additional outages, such as no wireless internet or wi-fi, also if you are on EDGE, 3G, 4G or whatever else chances are you will not be able to connect to the net that way either or at least not for a long time. My T-Mobile services was up and running for about 3 hours into the outage and then it died completely leaving me with no connection to the new.
Luckily we still have iPhones and iPads that can do a lot more than just connect to the net, this is a list of apps I found to be very useful or entertaining during a power outage, if you can think of anymore leave a comment and I can add them to the list.
Before I get to the list I also experienced something very interesting during the outage: my iPad was dead! aka no power at all. What do you do when you iPad is out of juice and you can’t plugin into a power outlet? Â
Two options (that I can think of), sacrifice your MacBook Pro’s power and charge your iPad or plug it into your car lighter and charge it that way. Â Now that we have a juiced up iPad, lets get to some apps. Â Keep in mind that there are two major requirements for these apps, they do no require a connection to the internet and they can be used by more than 1 person. Having a 2 year old stare at you in the dark while you play with your iPad alone is not very good parenting.
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Ludo is a classic board game that has been turned into a great iPad game. Â This is a very simple game that can be thought to very young kids and is a lot of fun for adults too. Â In an outage this game is a life saver, turn it on and gather up to four players from your family and kill some time in the dark.
Scrabble is another great multi-player iPad game that can help you get through your power situation. Â If everyone in the household is old enough to spell words you got yourself a fun game. Â If not, then it can be used for spelling games or learning the alphabet. Â As an added bonus this game is really well made is an excellent addition to your app collection, outage or not.
There are hundreds of Flashlight apps for the iPhone and iPad. Some with clap recognition, some with strobes, some with colors, and some with order stuff too. For our purpose this one will do just fine. It uses your iPhone four flash light and can help you find your way to the toilet or that last bag of chips.
Boggle is another great multi-player game for the whole family to enjoy. You can either go the competitive route and take turns to see who gets the highest score or you can have one player drive while the others help find words together. Either way you will have lots of fun with this game.