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[December 15, 2013]

STAYING IN ; We pick best ways to enjoy yourself at home [Ulster Region] [Sunday Mirror (England)]

(Sunday Mirror (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) GAME PEGGLE 2 Xbox One. Out Dec 9. 7+ The original Peggle was a simple but much-loved timewaster inspired by, of all things, bagatelle (and its Japanese equivalent pachinko).

A few new characters and challenge modes aside, this Xbox One- exclusive sequel is essentially the same game. But what it lacks in next gen thrills, Peggle 2 more than makes up for in addictive action. The key is developer PopCap's understanding of what makes casual games - and casual gamers - tick.

Everything here has been designed to hook players in, then hold them there.

Peggle 2 isn't the kind of exclusive that will sell Xbox Ones, but it will make existing owners happy.

DAN SILVER DVD 2 GUNS (15) Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington star as rival undercover agents who find themselves in deep trouble when they try to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel. They must learn to work together to survive.

APP DEEZER.COM Launch offer: Pounds 4.99/month This music streaming service has over 2 MILLION albums, so you can be sure that all the right tunes are playing this party season. Get the subscription package on your list to Santa! SINGLE JOHN NEWMAN Losing Sleep He beat Paul McCartney to No1 with incredible debut album Tribute - and this is a perfect sample of his talents. A twist of soul and groove with some heavy rock and infectious vocals.

GADGET LEAPPAD ULTRA Out now, Pounds 89.99 This new iteration of the popular primary school tablet comes with an internal rechargeable battery and wifi, solving previous LeapPads' biggest problems at a stroke.

The Ultra's online functionality is powered by US childsafe internet specialists Zui so the screened content is US-centric, but at least your kids should be shielded from the worst of the web. And while the new 7in screen, 480p video camera and 800 Mhz processor won't cause Apple to lose any sleep, they're more than good enough to keep tiny tech-heads happy and away from your infinitely more damageable adult device.

DAN SILVER ALBUM JUSTIN BIEBER Journals The pop star has created a temporary collection of all his Music Monday tracks. It will also include a couple of videos and the trailer for the Believe theatrical release. One for die-hard fans. Available on iTunes to January 2.

GAME SCRIBBLENAUTS UNLIMITED Nintendo Wii U. Out December 6. 12+ Scribblenauts games value vocabulary and imagination over gaming skills.

Players solve puzzles by typing in words that generate in-game items from cutesy cartoon hero Maxwell's magic notebook. This Wii U debut ups the ante with its semi open- world structure and use of adjectives and compounds to create ever-more complex objects. The gameplay suits the Gamepad perfectly but it's still possible to sleepwalk through the whole game using only a handful of objects or adjectives. School kids will get a kick out of the creativity, though.

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