I need recommendations for computer games suitable for my mum, who is getting on in years.
My mum is in her mid 70s. She is still a beginner when it comes to computers. She knows how to send and read email, how to browse the web, how to work Windows Media Player to listen to MP3s and watch AVIs. Her hands are a bit arthritic, so she can't always get the mouse-clicking thing happening, but overall she's not bad.
She wants to play a few different games to keep her mind active. She got tired of solitaire and the standard Windows games. Her old PC had a game called Super TextTwist (from this site
, possibly), but that PC succumbed to a mixture of malware and grandkids.
I'd like to find some games for her to play. Ideally they would be freeware games that I can download and install on her PC. I'm willing to spend money, though, provided that it's a one-off, and not some kind of subscription.
I'd like to stay away from browser-based games, as I've convinced her to stick with Firefox + NoScript to stave off browser exploits, and these sites tend to use a lot of scripting and/or Flash. Browser-based gaming sites also tend to force advertising on you (the kind you have to sit through before you can start playing), and I'd like to spare mum the tedium if possible.
Mostly, however, I'd like to get her some games that she finds fun, interesting and mentally stimulating. She enjoyed Super TextTwist for those reasons, but the GameHouse version I linked to above is a bit too intrusive and pushy about trying to get you to pay for upgrades and so on. Not cool. Is there a better version out there?
She doesn't like games which are based on speed, as they make her flustered. She prefers games where she can take her time to think.
She has a Dell Optiplex GX260 with a 1.8Ghz CPU and 1Gb RAM with Windows XP Pro, to give you some idea of her system capabilities.