Hey Gizmomashers! I’ve spent a lot of time with some Facebook games over the past few weeks so I thought I’d give out a few micro-reviews for some of my favourites. There are some patterns you’ll notice within them, such as I tend to favour games without energy meters.
Warning – these games aren’t safe for work productivity!
Note: I sort of blocked out my friends on these with lovely white squares.
Fish World doesn’t really do much to reinvent the aquarium game genre: you buy fish, you grow them, you sell them. However it does do the formulaic game play pretty well. My only gripe is how you can get the game’s currency for free – in the past you just had to play once a day for a week, but now it’s a random spinwheel with dismal chances of getting money. Otherwise the app is fun, solid, and has some cheery graphics that I enjoy. Some might find the advertisements in game intrusive however I wasn’t bothered by them that much.
A simplistic charming baking game where you can also make some drinks too. Granted, there’s no energy meter, time is spent waiting for the goods to cook instead. Still, that’s only about 3-5 minutes so you aren’t waiting all day for energy to refill. The game also has decent customization options and cute music. It’s not the end-all of Facebook games but you should check it out if you’re into micro-managing food games. I tend to do things that take days to make and just drop in once in a while.
I always have a special place for Pet Society within my long list of Facebook games. You make a pet, buy furniture, customize your house, go shopping… There’s almost no end to what you can do. There’s other mini games, like fishing, which is fun and adds to the experience. Also, you get a weekly prize if you play every day – the game’s currency. I mean you only get a little but free game currency is a plus.
This has to be among one of my favorite Facebook games. You essentially make a team of ninjas and train them to fight other players or AI groups (such as ninja zombies). I urge you to try it! You can equip them with relics that effect your whole team which is a pretty neat concept. A tip – Karma, the games paid currency, can be acquired daily by equipping a certain relic. If you’re going on hiatus from the game for a while, make sure it’s equipped so when you come back you’ll have tons to spend.
You essentially make a person who’s stranded on an island. You then have to cultivate, harvest, and do other things that a person would do to survive on the island. Thankfully, there’s lots to do within it and no energy meter! Think of it as a less boring and better looking Tropical Farmville. Meh…Might not be the cup of tea that many desire, but it’s great if you’re looking for something outside of the Farm.
Urban Rivals was initially a browser-based collectable card game in which characters fought each other in turn-based scenarios. If your deck had characters from the same type of group, they got additional bonuses. It has been adapted to Facebook so give it a shot if you like turn based strategy games. Also, your cards get stronger as you fight which allows you to pool experience points into cards that are low leveled. Try it!
I played this game for a whilte and, by all rights, I should have been right into it! I haven’t played enough to really judge it fully, but at least there’s no energy meter. You can always fight, save up money, learn ninja skills, and do a few other things without waiting. It’s really an RPG at it’s core, as you can see from the screen shot. Great balance of pay and free stuff too.
Castle & Co.
Your run-of-the-mill town building game where you can build cartoony castles and cute things instead of boring ol’ brick houses. Beware though as this game is huge on cuteness overload. When you build buildings that make money they also create villagers that are related to the building. However, you need to make sure they’re happy. The graphics may seem juvenile but that didn’t bother me too much.
A charming little cafe and baking game in which you, well, open a cafe and bake stuff! The animation and graphics are incredibly smooth for a simplistic game. There’s also some long term baking projects or short term ones for those who don’t want to wait around forever. The game is a bit stringent when it comes to pay vs. free stuff though.
These are the Facebook games that I’ve been frequenting lately and there are plenty more I will be playing in the future too. If there’s any you think we would all enjoy by all means post ‘em and I’ll check them out.