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Top 5 Tower Defense Games

Everybody likes tower defense. The games are insanely addictive. Just yesterday, Keith asked me to review a few of these games, including his personal favorite Bloons. He linked me to the game, and what was supposed to be yesterday’s review was postponed to today because I could not stop playing that game.

It’s fun, it’s addictive and it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Tower Defense genre’ (because strategyis too loose a term to describe these games). All of these games have a common gameplay scheme a wave of enemies come from one or more entry points, and they must be killed before they can reach the exit. This genre is so popular that in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, there was a secret tower defense game during the campaign! Presented below are the top 5 tower defense games in my opinion.

  1. Bloons Tower Defense 3: Monkeys bursting balloons (bloons). In its entirety, that is the game and it is highly addictive. This sequel to the immensely popular Bloons is outstanding in its simplicity and complex in its strategy. There are quite a few units to choose from, while the interface is very easy to get used to. Be warned this game is very addictive!
  2. Vector TD X: Possibly the most polished of all Tower Defense games, this tower defense game looks and plays smoothly. With line vector graphics, and a high-tech SF look, this game is a treat on the eyes and is also super-fun to play!
  3. Random Tower Defence [sic]: This is one tower defense game where the design has taken a backseat to complete ridiculousness. You will have to defeat opponents that range from being simple brown spheres to luscious lips to even Agent Smith. All of these are simple pictures, and though this game offers nothing more than usual in terms of tower defense, it will offer a few laughs when it comes to playing it.
  4. FlashCraft: A game that is unique in the fact that the towers can take damage and be destroyed. This game mimics Warcraft III in both the main screen and the design of the towers and units. Great fun to play, but a tad bit difficult.
  5. Protector: An attempt to marry RPGs and TDs, this game does not have towers it has wizards and soldiers that can be leveled up by choosing two different paths. This game is well designed and well balanced so you will have a challenging time defending the path!

Top 3 Social Gaming Websites

Gamers are usually not the most social of people. That said social gaming- when not applied to Facebook’s Mafia Wars and when gregariously applied to the mass of hardcore gamers is something only the internet can conjure up. However, with the advent of MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games), and other games such as Counter Strike, Quake III Arena, Battlefield 1942, Halo and others of yesteryear the entire paradigm of gaming shifted to accommodate a second, a third and then many more players along with the original player. LAN parties became prominent and eventually gamers felt the need to discuss their games on a platform dedicated to their passion. Thus, social gaming websites popped up on the internet. These websites provide various services, but their core service is the same to bring gamers on the same gaming platform together. So, without further ado, here are the top 3 social gaming websites.

  1. Raptr: Sporting a cute orange cartoon velociraptor as its mascot, Raptr aims to be a merger beraptrtween microblogging and gaming. The dashboard is reminiscent of Facebook’s status update or Twitter’s home page, while the entire experience is like using last.fm with review s, collections and ratings only with games. Users get to update their status like a normal microblogging service, but users can also update their status with which game they are playing, or they want to play. If the user’s account is connected with Twitter or Facebook, this is also reflected in the two sites. Apart from that, Raptr also has its own multi-platform IM client that also logs the amount of time spent playing a game automatically, and updates the status message of the client accordingly. With support for a huge variety of games, it has become the premier destination for gamers who wish to socialize while not giving up on their passion.
  2. GamerDNA: With the advent of blogging, the proliferation of news and the amount of duplication of said news is humungous. For gamers, this means sifting through a gamerdnavery large collection of gaming news blogs, RSS feeds and/or official sites for the latest updates on gam es, new DLC and other things of interest. GamerDNA hopes to make this sifting through’ process slightly easier with aggregated content of games that you like or you might be interested in (based on your library of games). Again, this also includes user-posted content and reviews for your reading pleasure. All this goes into filling the empty space between one gaming session and the next!
  3. UGAME: The most obvious feature of UGAME is the privacy control. While most of the features are similar to the other sites – with certain shortcomings the UGAME network makes up for this by ensuring that with itsugame privacy controls gamers can share content with either the entire world, or with a limited set of people, and categorize between their friends to share only specific content with some friends. This is akin to Facebook’s friend lists and privacy controls. In all, a worthy addition to this list. Check it out!

Good Old Games from GOG.com

There are classics in about everything possible from music, to automobiles to movies. However, classGOGics are also adored in the gaming industry, with titles such as Fallout, Beneath a Steel Sky, or even Unreal Tournament. These are widely renowned to be the best the industry has to offer not in terms of graphics, but in terms of gameplay, storyline or the sheer fun factor involved while playing these games. These are good old games, and if you wish to play these golden oldies having them delivered directly to your hard drive, then GOG.com is your friend.

There are times when an innocuous game captures your heart with its simple but effective presentation and overall awesomeness GOG.com stocks these and more critically acclaimed games that will suck you in with their believable atmosphere and quirky presentation to really let you know what gaming is all about. Not only that, all of GOG.com’s games are available in these prices Free, $5.99 or $9.99. The site accepts PayPal as well as major cards, so you will be additionally protected! Also, all of these games are completely DRM free. You buy it you keep it and play it in as many computers as you want. GOG.com also boasts (with good reason) of a Classy Community gamers here are mostly mature and are up for civilized debates and you won’t find the LOL DIS GAME IS TEH STUPOD MY GAME ROXin its forums. No sir crazy fanboys are for other sites, not GOG.com

The huge catalogue can make it quite a daunting task to actually choose a game from but do look around, there might be quite a few games that you would remember from those good old days, and quite a few you might actually want to try out.

Still confused? Here are a few of this author’s picks:GroudControl

Fallout: One of the best old RPGs out there. Fallout

Ground Control: An amazingly fresh and new RTS experience.Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil: As one of the forum members pointed out: Good: This game. Evil: No-one bought it. Until now..

Giants: Citizen Kabuto: Crazy, refreshing and jam-packed with hilarity, this third-person action game will have you up through the night!

Sacrifice: Tim Burton meets RTS gaming. Nuff said, buy it and play it. You won’t go wrong.

Shivering Kittens A Tetris Based Game for Facebook

has tons of games and crazy quizzes which my friends send across to me, many of them are seriously lame and not even worth spending time on.

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But not all games and applications on Facebook are stupid, this is a developer tipped me about a really interesting application called shivering kittens.

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Shivering Kittens is a puzzle game based on a very popular game called Tetris, however in this game you have to save freezing kittens by arranging falling blocks to free the adorable kittens from the ice.

If you are looking to waste some time and love Tetris go ahead try out Shivering Kittens by adding the app to your Facebook account.

Here is a video that shows you how you can play Shivering Kittens. It is also available for download as a iPhone app.

How to Play Old Computer Games in Linux

Whether you are a hardcore gamer or not, haven’t you had the urge to play one of the older games once in a while ? There is no comparison between modern games and the old ones in terms of the graphics, the sounds, the intelligence … the complete game-play experience. But nonetheless, the older games had a certain charm that has still not lost.

For all the old-time   gamers out there, you can now play these games on your Linux or Mac machines using a Game Emulators.

DOSBox is one such MS-DOS Game Emulator, ported on a lot of OSes including FreeBSD , MAC OS X and sundry Linux distributions. It also comes with a variety of front-ends and language support. Most importantly, it is a completely open source game emulator.

On an Ubuntu box, installing dosbox is as simple as :

$ sudo apt-get install dosbox

Once installed, it can be invoked via the Menu by clicking on   : Applications -> Games -> DOSBox Emulator , or by directly calling dosbox from the command-line.

The screenshot above shows a dosbox console.

In order to play your favourite games, you must first download the appropriate executable file. BestOldGames is a site with a huge collection of games which readily work with DOSBox. However, a simple google search should yield ample resources.

Now, once the required game is downloaded, it should be “mounted” on the dosbox as follows :

Assume that the game “Prince of Persia” has been downloaded and extracted in your home directory “PoP”.

Mount the game as a “C:” drive and excute the game as follows :

Z:\> mount c /home/<username>/PoP

Now change to the C drive

Z:\> C:

Go into the Game’s directory

C:\> cd PRINCE

And invoke the Game’s executable

C:\PRINCE> PRINCE.EXE

A quick heads-up while using dosbox is the Controls. For most games,   the Laptop’s “Fn” keys had to be utilized as a Keypad rather than the usual Arrow keys.

Apart from the MS-DOS Game Emulator, another emulator is as popular is the Super Nintendo (SNES) Game Emulator, called ZSNES. zsnes   is a SNES game emulator engine for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Dos. It is also a completely open source game emulator.

As earlier, installing zsnes on a Ubuntu machine is as simple as   :

$ sudo apt-get install zsnes

It will be installed under Applications -> Games -> ZSNES Emulator . Alternatively it can be invoked from the command shell by called zsnes .

Zsnes installed

In order to play the SNES games, you need to download the appropriate ROM file. DopeROMs is one of the better resources out there, but there are also others like RomNation.

Mortal Kombat

Just search for your favorite game,   download and copy the zipped ROM files in your favorite location and “Load” it from zsnes .

I personally feel that the gaming experience on ZSNES was better than DOSBox. For example, try playing Mortal Kombat on both the Emulators and see the difference. This may be attributed to the fact that ZSNES is more actively developed than DOSBox.

Apart from these two popular Game Emulator engines there are also a LOT of others out there which will work on a variety of platforms including BSDs and MACs . This link lists out the staggering number of them out there.