by Brandy D. Anderson
It’s no secret that some Facebook games are highly addictive (*cough* Farmville/Candy Crush/Angry Birds *cough*). However, there really are some other (even more) awesome FB games that a lot of people may not be aware of. I’ve found four totally wicked games that are so diverse, there should be something here for everyone. Whether you like playing big battle adventures, building an empire, engaging in some blob on blob action, or finding items in really cool intricate settings, there’s certain to be some entertainment here for you!
This game is pretty darn fun; you get to build an entire fantasy empire. Relying heavily on lore from the Middle Ages (plus dragons and stuff), this game puts you in control of everything: building, training, battling, and so on. You start things out in an entertaining tutorial which guides you through the rules whilst it allows you to do little things (like build and get troops) as you learn how to play. The animations are also really neat, and the dragons even flap their wings. It’s pretty awesome.
You can build houses of various sizes, and the more houses you have, and the bigger they are, the more villagers you can get. The more villagers you have, the more people you have to train to be soldiers, but it also means you have more mouths to feed. You get food by building farms (and supplying a farmer to work the place), and you can also raise livestock as well. Periodically, the option arises to cultivate more food, or cull your meat, or collect your gold (if you build a gold mine); each place you build has a specific option table. It’s important to build up your armies because there are enemy threats in the form of nasty goblins, orcs, and trolls who relish in attacking your kingdom at the most inopportune moments, so don’t skimp on defense. As you level up, you’re able to get dragons, the best part of the game! Once you have a dragon, you have to hatch the egg, feed the dragon, and after you’ve fed him/her a number of times, he/she will turn into an adult, and they are extremely useful in battles. You can also get online gifts from friends and visit, or pillage, their empires.
At first glance, this game doesn’t even look much like a game, it’s just a bunch of blobs, right? Well, you do play as a blob, but I think you’ll surprised at how addictive this thing is. You can choose your name and the cool thing is that the game picks a skin (image) corresponding with your chosen moniker – although if you don’t choose a common enough name, you’ll just end up with a random colour. You also have the option to hide your name from other plays or play in a “dark theme”, which just means the background is black rather than the defaulted white (it looks way cooler in the dark theme).
Gameplay is extremely easy, you move your blob by moving the mouse and the object is to “eat” (move over) smaller circles (some are other players and some are little dots that appear) whilst also avoiding any larger circles because they can get you, too. You get a point for each dot or blob you eat, and your blob will grow bigger and bigger as you eat up more points – the downside of getting bigger, though, is that you also get slower, which means it’s more difficult to eat blobs and to move out of the way of the big guys. You can play in different modes: FFA is the default mode where you’re out to get everyone smaller, team mode assigns you a colour and you work with other blobs who share your colour to get at the top of the leader board (indicated by a pie diagram in the upper right hand corner), party mode allows you to only play with selected friends, and experimental mode basically plays the same as FFA, but apparently some things are occasionally beta tested in this mode. This game is harder than it sounds and is surprising fun!
This is one of those find-it games, but it’s one of the best. A find-it game is game which provides you a large, cluttered, detailed scene with a list below of the items you must find (by clicking on them) within a small cluster of time. The landscapes are beautiful, each one is set in a different coastal scene. You win golden anchors when you find everything quickly, and these anchors add up to give you options of “buying” helpful hints as you play along (and, trust me, these will come in handy as you level up).
It takes energy to play each scene, and this is probably the best gift for friends to send if you’re lucky enough to have FB friends who also play this game. Once you get hooked, it can be really frustrating to run out of energy and have to wait to find more items until it replenishes (which it does over time, but it can be maddeningly slow). Luckily, you can do some other fun stuff while you wait like building houses, boats, museums, and a ton of other things (like trees, benches, beautifying objects), or making alterations on them to level up. Leveling up unlocks new scenes to explore as well as items and buildings to buy. One of the coolest things about this game, which is fairly unique, is that you can move pre-placed items without penalty where most other games either completely block you from moving items or, at the very least, they penalize you for it.
If you’re looking for action, this is the game for you. There’s fun humour thrown in as well, and you get a taste of this from the very start when you enter the Tavern to make your character. There are a plethora of them to choose from, each comes with his/her own little write-ups, and they’re all entertaining. Chieftain Berserker is the “Head Honcho: The Berserker likes to resolve conflicts… with his HAMMER! – Likes: Giving Concussions/ Dislikes: Empty Tankards”. Another character is Ranger the: “Pin-Cushion Maker: Definitely not one of Santa’s elves. In fact, don’t call her an elf at all. The last guy who tried, she shot full of arrows and then fed him to her pet wolf. – Likes: Personal Space/ Dislikes: Deforestation”.
The gameplay here is truly amazing and it’s surprisingly detailed for a game hosted on a FB platform. The artwork is super cool and it really looks as if it’s almost 3D with the way it’s presented. The game also features some killer cut-scenes. Once you’ve made your character, you fight in various dungeons, each one is loaded with enemies (NPCs), and many of them have bosses you must fight at the end. The dungeons are multi-player, so you’re fighting alongside other online players who can revive fallen comrades and everyone shares in any loot found. When you level up, you have the option to train your warrior, and the training stats consist of specific options unique to each character class. For instance, the Ranger can train bow power/ bow speed/agility, the Berserker can train fury/max health/damage, while the Battle Chef can cook/raise max health/regen mana. This game is incredibly fun and dynamic, it really is a must play.