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Great Adventure Games

by on Apr.09, 2015, under Games Online

Fancy an adventure without leaving the comfort of your own home? Whether you yearn to battle dragons, unravel a mystery or take part in a gritty, realistic war, there are plenty of fantastic adventure games to choose from.

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Co-operative Games

If you wish to adventure with friends,you could be dwarves and assist Bilbo Baggins on his quest in The Hobbit board game or heroes of the rebellion with Star Wars Imperial Assault. If your friends are not available in the flesh, you can still team up for adventures online. In World of Warcraft the adventures are almost limitless and you can play as a range of characters from warrior to priest depending on your mood.

Solo Adventuring

For a classic favourite go back in time to Ancient Egypt to solve ancient puzzles in the Riddle of the Sphinx or take on the role of swashbuckling pirate Guybrush Threepwood and battle with insults on Monkey Island.

Bored on the train? Spend the journey adventuring with one of the many adventure game apps available. You could be solving a Parisian mystery in Broken Sword – Shadow of the Templars, attempting to save humankind from extinction as Joe the janitor in The Silent Age or trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead.

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Three Great Platform Games

by on Apr.05, 2015, under Games Online

Most of us will have cut our teeth on platforming games of some kind. Children of the late eighties will have grown up with iconic titles like Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog, while slightly younger gamers may have fonder memories of collecting wumpa fruit as Crash Bandicoot, or mucking around online during the early days of flash gaming.

Since Donkey Kong in 1981, the gaming industry has been pumping out platformer after platformer. While the majority of these have been rubbish, this article is hopefully going to introduce you to three of the diamonds in the rough that you may have missed.

N Ninja game

N is a free game produced by Metanet software. N has seen various incarnations and versions during its fifteen year lifespan, but at its core, the game puts the player in control of the titular N ninja, who can only run and jump to make his way to victory. N is a game with an excellent sense of flow and balance. The game is challenging without ever feeling unfair. You will quite likely lose hours of your life to this game.

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is available for the 360, Wii and PC. This platformer is a little bit tougher than N, often bordering on an almost Battletoadian level of difficulty. Somehow though, this game always manages to feel good, even while kicking your ass over and over (and over)

Psychonauts

It is amazing how few people are aware of Psychonauts, even now ten years after its original PC and PS2 release. Psychonauts is a very clever and funny romp through the inner workings of the human psyche. The player enters the mental landscape of other character’s minds, overcoming puzzles and problems to discover information or to resolve inner conflict. It would be a crime not to grab this one on steam

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Great Sports Games

by on Mar.18, 2015, under Games Online

Most people love playing different kinds of sports when we get free time. All of the most popular sports have been recreated as video games to bring the action right to your fingertips. Here is a selection of great sports games that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2012

This exciting game is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and brings the excitement of British football right to your living room. Getting to grips with this game is very easy and the realistic graphics really put you in the heart of the action. One of the great things about Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is that each of the English teams that have been immortalised in the game play in a different way and there are dozens of different teams to choose from to keep play feeling fresh.

New Star Soccer

This game proves that you don’t need a fancy game machine to get the most out of playing sports games. New Star Soccer is available to play online on any desktop computer and many people have spent countless hours at work enjoying this great game. Simply use your mouse to click on the ball and drag the arrow to the direction you want it to go in. although the game is easy to play, there are lots of levels and variations to keep players interested. Pass the various trials to impress the talent scouts in the trials and you will soon be on your way to football greatness.

Punch-Out!!

This game was released more than twenty years ago and remains one of the most popular sports games among boxing fans. One of the things that has made Punch-Out!! such a big hit is the accuracy of the boxing simulation, which really brings the action to life. A number of remakes have been launched over the years such as a special version for Wii.

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Great Casino Games Online

by on Jan.28, 2015, under Games Online

What features define a great casino game? Is it the intricacy of the graphics? Does the game play need to be fast and furious? Should the platform be secure and transparent? In fact, all of these metrics should be kept in mind. To better understand this concept, let’s take a glimpse at what many consider to be the most popular virtual games to enjoy.

Slot Machines

Forget about the mechanical versions; their online variants have become the talk of the entire gaming community. Sites such as Megafortune not only offer a good play, but jackpots can easily reach well over 500,000 euros. Paired with second-to-none graphics and trusted payment systems, slots have truly taken centre stage for many players.

Poker

Poker is one of the more traditional games available and its online counterpart is just as exciting. Once one learns the basic rules and strategies, hours of lucrative fun await. Not only are modern games much like their real-world sidekicks, but modern amenities such as the ability to interact with other players and even speak with a live dealer are added bonuses. For anyone who is searching for white-knuckle excitement, poker is a sure bet.

Bingo

Bingo has moved out of the community centres and into the comfort of our living rooms. One of the best aspects of the online version is that the rules are the same. As less strategy is involved than would be necessary in poker or blackjack, bingo is an ideal choice for those who are simply looking to have a bit of fun. Of course, there are some impressive jackpots that can be rewarded. Most major sites provide an ample selection of bingo games.

These are some of the platforms which are growing in popularity on a daily basis. By appreciating which ones are the most popular, that winning round may be closer than you think!

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Getting Your Game On

by on Jan.23, 2015, under Games Online

Most of us like to have a good board game session every now and then, but it can be hard to get enough people together who know how to play the same game. After all, you don’t want to waste time explaining the rules over and over again! Getting online to play your favourite board game is a great way to get your fix as well as improving your skills and meeting new people. There are three main types of board game sites online.

Dedicated Servers

These sites cater for one particular game at a time, meaning you’ll find a lot of geeks and big fans of the game, but also a more realistic experience as all the programming will cater for that one game. A great example is www.playcatan.com which is dedicated to the Settlers of Catan series.

Popular Games

If you’re more of a traditionalist with your games (we’re talking Monopoly, Risk and Cluedo here), then big game sites like www.pogo.com allow you to play slightly edited versions of your game for free. Just make sure you read the adjusted rules before you start playing.

Social Media

Finally, lots of people use social media websites like www.facebook.com to play games with people that they are already friends with. The range of games can be more limited than on dedicated sites, but it’s definitely more fun competing against people that you know in real life.

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Great Online Role Playing Games

by on Jan.16, 2015, under Games Online

When talking about great on-line role playing games, you have to start with the worlds most popular and longest lasting game: World of Warcraft  First released in 1994 and continuing with regular updates including the most recent ‘World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor’ released late in 2014, Blizzard Entertainment has kept fans returning to their fantasy world for over 20 years. Playing a character from numerous races allied with two main factions, players level their character and gain equipment (loot) through fighting AI controlled monsters and other players.

For a slightly different on-line role playing game, think about eve online. This long standing spaceship based RPG was released in 2004 and while it does not attract as massive a following as World of Warcraft, there is a very loyal following among fans, considering the game to need a more mature player. Players assume the identity of a starship pilot and interact in a massive galaxy of 7800 systems, many of them completely player controlled and operated. Eve has been celebrated for it’s very open ended game play style, allowing players to experience the game in whatever way they wish from piloting massive battleships to becoming a merchant or miner. Players choose from between four main factions that determine the style of ships that they can use.

A newer entry into the on-line role playing genre is Wildstar. This game takes from similar games like World of Warcraft and adds an active combat system, placing emphasis on players being able to dodge and aim attacks correctly. The game world is a chaotic blend of fantasy and science fiction where a player might be anything from a spell casting character, a close combat heavy warrior or choose a higher technology assassin or robot controlling engineer. There is something for everyone. Distinct jobs further define whole the player wants to play the game, leaving many options. While the game was only released in 2014 it has already garnered a large following and is set to continue on into the future.

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