Facebook has a bad rep among gamers and the constant wall spam for gift requests certainly doesn’t help change their opinion. Honestly, I used to be in the “Facebook isn’t for gamers” camp, but then I grew out of that phase and accepted all form of video games as valid time sinks. Some are casual, sure, but casual gaming is just as popular as “proper” gaming, potentially even more so at this point.
For every good Facebook game, there’s a mountain of Shitvilles and other uninspired, lazy attempts at making a quick buck through micro transactions. I’ve accepted the fact that all Facebook games have to rely on micro transactions to succeed, but I know there has to be some out there that don’t force it down your throat. Hell, even if they do, there has to be some that at least makes it worthwhile and fun. After a long and exhausting wade through Facebook’s social games, I do believe I found the top 6 Facebook games that don’t exactly feel like them. Don’t knock ‘em ’till you try ‘em.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Like Pokémon? How about The Avengers? They’re pretty sweet right? Wouldn’t it be cool if the two of them got funky under the moonlight and created some sort of bastard child that’s actually worth keeping around? That’s essentially what Marvel: Avengers Alliance is! It’s a turn-based 3-on-3-action game with an emphasis on collecting as many Avengers as possible. It’s a lot of fun and if you know Craig, he never shuts up about it. You don’t have to take our word for it, give it a chance yourself. You won’t be disappointed, Agent.
The Sims Social
What’s there to really say about The Sims? You know exactly what you’re getting into from the get-go. It’s the same Sims you know, love or potentially loathe – only with an emphasis on social interaction. You can visit your friend’s Sims to collect items and commit some voyeur on their personal belongings. After all, who needs privacy? All the fun furniture collecting and arrangement is here, allowing you to create the home of your dreams. Every action your Sim commits, such as eating, pooping or playing guitar uses energy. This creates a need to visit your friends to refill your energy. It’s possible to get through the game without a large number of friends, but the larger your friends list is, the better.
The Walking Dead Social Game
Be it the comics, TV show or TellTale video game series, The Walking Dead keeps on impressing fans and newcomers alike. When I heard there was a social game for The Walking Dead, I admit, I cringed. I thought their run of high quality entertainment has come to an end, but I was wrong. Little did I know that The Walking Dead Social Game is an XCOM clone with The Walking Dead influence. Missions revolve around the survival aspect you’d expect from a Walking Dead game. Players engage in turn-based actions such as sneaking past Walkers, collecting survival goods and fighting zombies.
Admittedly an acquired taste, Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM holds true to the source material and supplies Facebook with a card-based game that evokes childhood memories unlike any other – assuming you’re into Yu-Gi-Oh!, of course. While it isn’t as deep as the original card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM allows you to get your Yu-Gi-Oh! fill by creating your own deck and putting it to the test in 3-on-3 card battles against new and iconic Yu-Gi-Oh! characters. All your favorite cards and card types make their return, making this one of my favorite Facebook games of all time. Oh, and the upbeat techno-jazz soundtrack is an absolute delight.
What would make Pokemon even better? If it took place in space, of course! That’s essentially what Outernauts is. You have a hundred or so creatures to capture, train and battle across vast worlds. Much to my surprise, Insomniac Games created Outernauts, the same people who brought us the Ratchet and Clank and Resistance series – not to mention, you know, the original Spyro the Dragon. The quality of this game is quite astounding and I’m glad David brought it to my attention.
Angry Birds Friends
While I’m not a fan of Angry Birds at all, it’s hard to ignore its influence in the casual gaming community. It’s this generations Tetris, if you will – easy to pick up and play, difficult to master. Angry Birds Friends exceeded my expectations far more than any other social game on Facebook. While it does have some minor social gimmicks such as sending and receiving power-ups from your friends, there’s no cooldowns that leave you stranded without the possibly to continue playing. Not only that, but it is a full-blown Angry Birds game. You can go from level to level as soon as you unlock them simply by beating them. There’s no having to collect an odd amount of items from your friends to unlock levels. Now this is what a Facebook game should be.
As you can now see, gamers can in fact game and enjoy themselves on Facebook. These are just six of many wonderful games tailored toward actual gamers instead of Farmville moms. Did your favorite Facebook game make this list or do you have a suggestion? Tell us down in the comments.
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