When I first got into Facebook a year ago, I was simply amazed by its revolutionary design. Unlike its more locally popular predecessors- Friendster, Multiply and MySpace, among others- Facebook had an amazing deal of customization available. You can add whatever components you want onto your page, share pics, notes and all sorts of media, and put in all kinds of games and novelties.
The first games I remembered were those simple games- Vampires, Werewolves, or Hunters. It was fairly interesting, but I’d have to say too simple for my tastes. In fact, I hardly bother with most of the applications around on Facebook. Some I’d just add for the heck of adding them, others I’d completely ignore despite dozens of invites from other friends.
I mostly use Facebook to maintain my networking efforts. And to hook up with long-lost friends and classmates. Definitely not to play games.
Besides, I got a whole bunch of games installed on my PC. At least 6 or 7 at any given time. Right now, I got World of Warcraft going on, Guild Wars, Jagged Alliance 2, Sins of a Solar Empire, Fallout 2, Star Wars: Empire At War and Marvel SuperHeroes Ultimate Alliance.
As far as playing PC games are concerned, if you want some gaming going on, then you’d better play some real good games.
Then as some of you might remember- not so long ago, if you’ve been following this blog- I got me a case of Repetitive Strain Injury. My right hand hurt like hell- which meant having to go with just one hand- the left one- for several days. Sure I could use a PC, as long as I could just type things up with one hand, or use the mouse with just the left hand- quite a challenge if you’re not naturally ambidextrous.
Which brings us to our topic of this post.
I first got addicted to Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures. Heard about it on one of G4TV’s blog posts, and decided to try it out, huge D&D geek that I was. While it was nowhere close to an actual tabletop role-playing game (yes, with dice, rulebooks and an actual Dungeon-master), it was nevertheless entertaining.
It occured to me that, in reality, it was really more of a marketing device for the 4th edition rules than anything else. Still, it was simple enough for me to play, even with just my left hand, and addictive enough for me to wait out the 10 or so minutes it takes in between encounters. That, despite all the bugs and error messages they had at the time.
Heck, I even made new friends from all over the world- fellow D&D players all- just so we could buff each other whenever we were online, and then heal each other in between quests.
Then I posited: how about the other Facebook games? Surely they must have evolved past the early days of, say, Vampires, I thought to myself.
And so here I am, spending more time on Facebook with all these games
- Crusades. An excellent game that allows you to build and equip a medieval army. Build up your territory to make more money to support your cause, complete quests for much-needed experience, then send out your army to do battle with other armies. Go medieval on some other poor bloke’s ass!
- The aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures. I’m actually on my second character now, after having retired my Dragonborn Fighter after about a week of playing.
- Gangster Wars. Roughly the same game mechanics as Crusades, only this time, you’re either a capo, a consigliere or a soldier in the service of The Don. Great for anyone who’s a huge fan of The Godfather, Goodfellas or The Sopranos.
- Might of Many. Again, roughly the same game mechanics as The Crusades, but this time you play Orcs against Humans. You also arm your hero with weapons and armor, do quests, and develop your lands for cash.
- Elven Blood. Same game mechanics almost, but this one almost has a storyline of sorts. Your elven hero gains experience, gold and the occasional reward item performing quests, and you travel the land doing more quests, making yourself more kickass in the process.
- Blood Lust, Skies of Blood and City of Blood. From the same makers of Elven Blood, using pretty much the same simple game engine, only this time you’re set in: a> a sci-fi world with vampires, cyborgs and undead (Blood Lust), b> a modern-day setting chasing terrorists in Manhattan (Skies of Blood), or c> a seedy criminal underworld where you’re working your way up to the top (City of Blood).
- Knighthood. I like this because it seems to utilize a different set of game mechanics compared to the others. Still trying to figure it out how to advance though. It’s slow going without vassals or gold.
I’m trying to moderate my Facebook gaming now that I have realized I’m playing too much. These games are getting in the way of my blogging!
So what are your favorite Facebook games?