free game friday


I knew I had this in my bookmarks some place, but the mysteries of searching del.icio.us for your own bookmarks is still beyond my abilities … sometimes. The site is Pjio, where “gamers and game makers like to hang out.” It’s like the other game community sites – a huge number of games, some good, some bad, some abysmal. The best part is the rating system – good games float to the top while bad games sink to the bottom so the casual observer can just play the good stuff.

And good stuff there are plenty. Sudoku games that are free and much better than their glitzy commercial counterparts, creative puzzle games based on shape physics, tycoon games – anything that’s available from a major portal is also available here, with a mix of free trials and web games.

Take a look around Pjio – it’s like YouTube for games, and there’s definitely potential.

Another site, The Great Games Experiment, does basically the same thing but is less than perfectly organized. It includes a lot of links to commercial games with screenshots on a wide range of platforms, and you have to dig around for the games you can download and play. As for “freshness,” Azada is listed as their feature puzzle. Enough said. It does have a good community going and all the game profiles are user/developer submitted. It’s ran by the wonderful people at Garage Games, the people who made the Toque Game Builder.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let’s just say that Grimm’s Hatchery as well as G.H.O.S.T. Hunters were made using the TGB.)

Check out the Great Games Experiment for yourself. You might have better luck finding things than I do.

Playing Lifetime R.S.V.P. reminded me of this very interesting and very original game called Tantrix. If you haven’t about it before, it’s time to try it. Tantrix online is completely FREE and there’s an entire multiplayer community based upon it.

Play Tantrix online.

A different take on a matching game. Instead of matching jewels by moving them around, you get to rotate the board instead. Controls are just move mouse and click – very intuitive.

Play Jewels Gear.

I don’t know if you can call this a game or not, but for those of you who are into pixelart, this is definitely worth checking out. It’s a city creator – you can drag and drag individual roofs, tiles, buildings and people into your map and eventually save them into an image you can use on your blog / forum / etc.

Play with the City Creator.

Papa Louie is an extremely well done free platform game. You can jump, glide, hit, throw pepper bombs – and it’s relatively non-violent too! Pizza monsters roam the levels, and you need to go around hitting them with your pizza paddle.  Some pizza monsters can be “boxed” and at the end of the level, you need to bring the boxes of pizza to a pulley system to free trapped customers.

Weirdness, but definitely a whole lot of fun. Play the game here.

I try not to link to certain games, since most “free” flash games site contain some very inappropriate content. Whenever possible, I get the swf and host it myself so you guys can avoid the banner swampage.

P.I.C.O. is a game from Newgrounds, and it’s targeted for “17+” but it’s one of the milder pico games that are actually quite a lot of fun. It’s basically WORMS, or if you’ve played it on PPC, Snails. It’s turn-based strategy with fully destructive backgrounds.

Play the game here.

This game is just too much fun to not share! The premise is very, very simple – just put the red ball in the red box. That’s it. The gameplay involves your drawing lines on the screen, and these lines become walls or floors for the red ball to bounce in. It’s very simple and addictive.

Play Paintball here.

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