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Taking the "-roid" Out of "Android Games"

I'm looking for peaceful, quiet, calm, relaxing Android games. Quell (and its two sequels) fit the bill perfectly, but I've played them to death. Digitized snowflakes within! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 18, 2014 - 29 answers

Monkey pull lever, monkey get what?

Many years ago, I used to play a game on my elderly Mac called "Enigma", by Freeverse. Not the modern Oxyd clone, but a version of Mastermind, where you had to deduce a pattern of colored dots given a certain number of hints. You put in your guess and pulled a lever; the game would taunt you, make weird comments, or throw a monkey wrench into things and screw up your guesses. The premise of the game was that you were solving the puzzles in order to open a golden briefcase. I never did manage to get the briefcase open--can anyone tell me what was inside? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a nonviolent, relaxing, top-down building game with a plot

I liked Sim City, Age of Empires, and Civ, but I don't feel like fighting or freaking out about taxes or earthquakes. Click-management puzzle games and sandboxes are just boring. Glitch was awesome-- nonviolent, open-ended, good graphics-- except it wasn't really a top-down building game and I don't care about involving friends. Katamari Damacy was great, but too fast-paced and again, not a building game. What game am I looking for? Preferably for a PC; can't do zombies or apocalypse as a theme, very light cartoon violence might be OK, don't care what era it's from. Puzzles or video board games might be OK if they have complexity beyond the actual game. I'm aware that this might be too specific; looking for suggestions even if they aren't a perfect fit.
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 16, 2013 - 27 answers

Recently picked up a used Playstation 3. What games should I get?

I recently picked up a cheap used Playstation 3. I'm entirely new to console gaming but have played PC games for many years. What older, must-not-miss games are there for the system? I've heard about Uncharted 3 and Red Dead Redemption. Others?
posted by perissodactyl on Jun 11, 2013 - 36 answers

Sci-fi/mecha shareware RPG game, but I cannot remember the name or URL

There is a shareware sci-fi/mecha RPG game that a previous room-mate introduced me to. I don't remember the name of the game, but it was shareware, PC/Windows, and very extensive. I have no idea how to get ahold of the person whom introduced me to the game, hence I'm at a loss of how to find it again. [more inside]
posted by jibberish on May 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Need an iPhone game that's like Civilization, SimCity, or Age of Empires

Need some iPhone games that are as engrossing as Civilization, SimCity, and Age of Empires. (Yes, I already have Civilization Revolution and SimCity DLX.) [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

I need a new vidya game.

I need a new vidya game. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Mar 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Nostalgia brain freeze.

I'm trying to find the name of a computer game I played when I was very young. Circa 1986-7 ish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Game development events like Ludum Dare?

Recently I've discovered Ludum Dare, a game development competition where the focus is on making games based on a theme within a given time constraint. I'm curious if there are other similarly organized game-development events designed to bring together small independent game developers and hobbyists.
posted by muymuy on Sep 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Easy on bandwidth computer games

Suggestions requested for computer games that will keep me engaged. Infrastructural limitations and preferences in more detail after the jump. [more inside]
posted by infini on Jan 21, 2012 - 24 answers

Can I really run it?

So I know about computers and I know about software. I don't know how they go together for games and wondering if there's an easy way to tell if my computer can run certain games. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Dec 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Companions to love of my life The Last Express?

I don't know much about computer games, but I love historical adventure game The Last Express. Please help me find similar games. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Teach me the basics of webgame design!

I feel like learning how to make some simple Flash games, moving up to more complicated ideas later on. I've downloaded/installed ActonScript and Fixel's stuff for programing. Where's a good source for tutorials/guides for learning to do the basics? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Sim City on an old Mac

What version of Sim City will work nicely on a 12" 867 Mhz powerPC G4 powerbook with 640 MB DDR SDRAM running os x 10.4.11 and where can I buy it or download it. Free or not. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Jun 25, 2010 - 9 answers

90s era new age cube puzzle game - what's the name?

Looking for a mid-90s PC puzzle game based on a cube. Holo or Light or something -- New age/tribal music... I don't remember exactly how it worked, but you try to get the marked side of the cube to land face down on a specific square on a grid (I think the location kept moving, though I'm not sure). Anyways, it might have come with my old IBM Pentium as a prepackaged thing. Any ideas?
posted by symbioid on Jun 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Why did so many (specifically) 80s computer games offer Afrikaans as a language option?

Why was Afrikaans so widely available as a language option in computer games of the late 80s and (maybe) the early 90s? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on May 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me make my 83 year old gamer mother happy.

My 83 year old mother wants to be able to play computer games and I am not sure what to do. Can you help me help her? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 10, 2010 - 23 answers

Good strategy games that don't take 10-20 hours to play?

I'm looking for a good strategy game for the PC which would take about 1-3 hours to complete. [more inside]
posted by steadystate on Jan 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Wii Drives Mii Nuts.

We got the Wii. Now what's a game that *I'll* like? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 2, 2010 - 34 answers

computer/video games incorporating astrology?

Video/computer games that incorporate astrology? [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern on Oct 29, 2009 - 24 answers

Can I get a 3X game?

I want a 4X game, but without the warfare. Are there any such games? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Oct 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Obviously Deus Ex 2 and 3 are out...

What recent(ish) games offer a Deus Ex like experience?
posted by Artw on Mar 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Importing German video games to the US

Where in the US can I buy German versions of PC, PS1, and PS2 games? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 3, 2008 - 3 answers

How do Computer Games Companies work?

I'm looking for information on how computer/video games companies work. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 13, 2008 - 7 answers

Gaming for the new oldbie

I'm 40ish. I know nothing about modern gaming. I used to love adventure games back in the 80s like Zak McKraken, KGB and Thermonuclear Wargames. I have some time on my hands and want to take the plunge into the modern world of gaming. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Sep 22, 2008 - 33 answers

Lightweight gaming.

I want some computer games that have high replayability, are relatively cheap (0-20$ CAD/USD), NOT need a CD to play, and most importantly, take up as little hard-drive space and processor power as possible. Possible examples including good pieces of IF (especially mystery, who-killed-X ones), Fallout 2, Rogue-likes, games of the lightweight Boomshine/Peggle/Bejweled group, any RTS or turn-based strategy games, and anything by Nifflas. I'd love blogs that recommend good games, too. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me find a good game to play over the internet with my friends.

Help me find a good game to play over the internet with my friends. [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on May 6, 2007 - 20 answers

Good games for a word nerd?

What are some really fun computer-based word and/or trivia games for one player? Online or desktop-based are fine. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Apr 23, 2007 - 51 answers

Nethack-like copper mining game? In space?

Help me identify a computer game! Mid-late 90s, Windows, visually a Nethack or Roguelike but thematically entirely different: you were sort-of mining for copper nodules, crystals, oxygen bubbles, and possibly seeds for plants. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine on Mar 17, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game.

Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 15, 2006 - 67 answers

Deep but lightweight PC games?

I want to install at least 6-12 good games into a 100-150MB space on my six-year-old laptop (WinXP). Besides the limited disk space, other restrictions are: no accelerated graphics and a non-working CD drive. What are the best games you can think of that would fit? [more inside]
posted by steadystate on Sep 8, 2006 - 25 answers

Intel Mac as a Windows game box?

Is an Intel Mac with Bootcamp and Windows a viable option as a Windows gaming box? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 6, 2006 - 8 answers

Need recommendations for games similar to LucasArts titles

Adventure Game Recommendations: I really miss playing games I could lose myself into for hours on end, and I would like to find some new games similar to those I enjoyed years ago. But I stopped playing a long while back so I have no idea what's been on the market since and how to look for such games now. I have always loved the LucasFilm/LucasArts titles but they seem to have stopped producing pretty point-click adventures after Grim Fandango. Other favorites were Windham Classics adventures like Below the Root or Alice in Wonderland, Cinemaware action-adventures like It Came from the Desert, The King of Chicago and Sinbad, and detective games like Killed Until Dead and Intrigue! Are there any comparable modern counterparts? I am not into RPGs or text MUDs or shooters. Please tell me there are still games out there involving great stories, detailed scenes, and good puzzle-play! [more inside]
posted by Lush on Jun 17, 2005 - 28 answers

What game had jack-o-lanterns and purple triangles?

Need help identifying a computer game. [MI] [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Feb 12, 2005 - 6 answers

Seeking recommendations: video games for old-school computers? (400Mz Win2K)

Games for a 400MHz PII Rage Pro Win2k boxen? Kids I know would like some video games (especially LANable ones), but their computers aren't so hot. Enemy Territory, BZFlag, and the like have hefty video requirements. Various "free game" resources aren't proving helpful; they're all about the latest&greatest. What's available for old-school systems?
posted by five fresh fish on Jan 20, 2005 - 29 answers

Why aren't other developers following Valve's Steam model?

If Valve's Steam means that games developers can do away with publisher, distributor and retailer overheads... um... why isn't everyone doing it, or similar things?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Nov 10, 2004 - 13 answers

Focused on a Game

One for the MeFi Gamer Corps: Are there any decent techniques for staying focused on a particular game? I find that when I pick up a new title I play it like mad for a week and then, finished or not, my attention invariably drifts to something else. What do you do when you want to make sure you see a game to its completion? [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Feb 5, 2004 - 16 answers

How do I make those old fun DOS games work on Windows XP?

How do I make those old fun DOS games work on Windows XP? Ever played Starcontrol II? Quake I? Has my dumb OS robbed me forever of those early joys, or is there hope? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Dec 19, 2003 - 8 answers

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