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Games for an Alzheimer's patient

My dad has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For many years, our family has played games when we get together and my mom and dad played games among themselves often; they especially enjoyed cribbage. My mom tells me my dad can't play that anymore because he can't sustain the concentration over the course of the game. I'd like to get Dad a game for Christmas that he can play with my mom, or with my mom and sister, who also lives in the town my parents live. It would have to be simpler than cribbage, but ideally something you could still play over and over with enjoyment. I found an earlier question about gifts for Alzheimer's patients and also some resources online for that general question--but haven't found any suggestions for games specifically.
posted by layceepee on Dec 4, 2013 - 24 answers

 

(Translation help, please) Help me play this game I bought in Chinatown

I picked up a game of Chinese checkers (yes, I know they aren't really Chinese) to play with my family over the holidays and it came with a bonus game inside (photos here). The problem is, I have no idea what the directions say. It looks like a variant of "Sorry". We would love to give it a try, if anyone could translate or has played this before. Thanks!
posted by halseyaa on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Suggestions for games that can be interspersed with getting things done?

I'm looking for suggestions for games that fit well for short breaks in between getting stuff done. See inside for more info on the kind of properties that I think would be good. [more inside]
posted by philipy on Nov 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Fun fitness-based games/group challenges for bootcamp/group fitness

I'm looking for a few new ideas for game or group challenge style activities to make my group fitness classes more engaging and fun and to mix things up. What have you tried and loved, or heard about and thought sounded fun?
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Nov 26, 2013 - 2 answers

What are some good tabletop role playing games similar to D&D?

What is a good "offline" role playing game that I can buy as a gift for a 12 year old who has just gotten really into Dungeons & Dragons? (affordable ones?- under 25 dollars? other than d&d obviously)
posted by petsounds on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Step right up! Oh wait, you're taller than I am...

I'm looking for fundraiser carnival game ideas for middle school kids (ages 11-14). The carnival will be held in the spring, with a Color Festival theme. We will have a color run; we're looking for booth games, as well. These kids have been playing the ring toss/ cakewalk/ bouncy castle circuit for years, so we're looking to make it more appealing to them now that they're older. Some popular ideas so far have been a football toss and outdoor twister. Do you have more? [Gotta shoot you down on the teacher pie-tossing/ dunking booth ideas, though. I'd like to keep enforcing respect for the teachers, especially since their average age is about 24.]
posted by Jane Austen on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Toy Universe

What are some good simulation/strategy computer games that don't emphasize violence or warfare? [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me come up with a new Thanksgiving family tradition

So, I have a friend whose family has an amazing Easter tradition. They have a traditional easter egg hunt in their yard, only some of the eggs contain candy and some of them contain various numbers of tickets. Their mom buys a range of amazing and not so amazing prizes (think PS3 to a new spatula, or whatever). Next ensues a crazy bidding war on the prizes, using the collected tickets. I want to start a new Thanksgiving tradition that compares in awesomeness. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Best video games for two?

What are the best collaborative 2-player video games? My husband and I played Mario Galaxy 2 and it was perfect - he player Mario and I played "Starfy" and it worked out great. Are there more games like that for 2 players, where one player (aka me) can be kind of bad at video games? We have a Wii, some computers and are considering getting an Xbox One in the next few months..
posted by annie o on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

I'm puzzled. Help puzzle me more!

I'm looking for some good puzzle games, preferably for iOS and based on words rather than numbers or physical pieces. [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead on Nov 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me identify an end-of-level jingle from an unknown Gameboy-era game

I've had a sound effect from a video game stuck in my head for the past few years, and I'd like to figure out where it came from. I'm almost certain it's a jingle that plays right before an end-of-level gate opens in a 2D game, possibly on the Gameboy. Here's a transcription of the melody. Any ideas?
posted by archagon on Nov 9, 2013 - 4 answers

K.I.S.S.: Laptop Edition

What's the best reasonably priced laptop (under $700) for someone who only needs it for basic personal entertainment use (e.g. storing/listening to music, Flash games on the internet, and movie-watching)? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Games for the Variously Inebriated

I have friends who enjoy basic card games like poker and Gang of Four but are interested in trying something new. The catch is the place we're most likely to play games is out at bars with friends in various states of intoxication, and sometimes we have a bunch of people. What are some good games that work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Nov 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Another midlife crisis?

I lean to the insane side of life when it comes to always trying to change. I have tried three times now to change from an enterprise programmer to SOMETHING! ANYTHING else... Here I am trying again... bound for failure? [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Nov 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Playing Bridge Online?

After doing some research, I can't seem to quite find an answer to this. A friend and I would like to play bridge together online, and would like the two other players to be computer-generated. Anyone know of where we can do this? The sites that I have looked at seem to be all live players, or else you can play against the computer alone.
posted by nanook on Oct 31, 2013 - 4 answers

PS3 or PS4 couch-to-couch trivia games?

My husband and I used to LOVE playing Buzz Quiz World on PS3 against random folks online. This was a few years ago before we had kids. Recently, we tried to resurrect the fun, only to find no one else playing online. Upon doing a little research, we see that they're shutting down the Buzz Quiz World servers completely! My question is this: Does anyone have an online multiplayer "couch-to-couch" quiz or trivia game they love? Does anyone even know of a single one that exists anymore? I just read through a comprehensive list of all games expected to come out on the PS4, and... NOTHING. Am I just an old, old lady? Buzz Quiz World was so much fun...
posted by nationalj on Oct 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Party games suck, right?

My experience has been that party games are usually pretty lame. We're having a Halloween party for about 40 people, though, and I like the idea of having miscellaneous "areas" set up throughout the house (it's a big house) with various activities to help keep things light and entertaining... [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Oct 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Math game that featured Bach and Mozart

Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
posted by Busoni on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Video games that leave you with less and less

What are video games in which your decisions rob you of resources or options, leaving you with fewer and fewer possibilities as the game goes on? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 10, 2013 - 45 answers

I need a new immersive game to play

I want to find an adventure game that's easy to become obsessed with and has tons to discover and explore. [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Oct 9, 2013 - 23 answers

I'm looking for Trivial Pursuit-like cards, in Spanish.

Where can I find Spanish Trivial Pursuit cards (or something like it?) [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Oct 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Video Game Design Software

My son, who will be turning 12 this month just told me that he wants a video game design software program for his birthday. He is already adept at website coding and has Microsoft's Kodu game design software, but finds Kodu very limiting. He is better at Photoshop than most of my colleagues at work and is generally very computer literate. His favorite game to play is Minecraft, so I expect that this is an example of the type of game that he would like to be able to create. [more inside]
posted by The Architect on Sep 29, 2013 - 13 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Modern Zoombinis?

What is the modern equivalent of 1995's lovely LOGICAL JOURNEY OF THE ZOOMBINIS computer games? They taught math logic skills rather neatly for children, but I don't have a computer that will run the old games.
posted by musofire on Sep 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me entertain him ... senior stroke version

So, the end result of my previous question was a stroke a week later after the warfarin was readjusted. His stroke presented in an atypical manner, so was not treated with clot busting drugs (a decision I concurred with at the time, due to the Doctors reasoning - and we have since discussed it and are on same page with his care). Mostly it's just been a whole bunch of bad luck, so we go on from here. So, I need suggestions for games to play and tasty treats to prepare for Mr. B, details below. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Horror iPad games like the Dark Meadow?

What are your recommended scary, immersive iPad games? Based on a previous question, I bought The Dark Meadow and was very pleased. Then I finished it. What are some other recommended games in that genre? [more inside]
posted by stet on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Pokemon LARP?

For our son's birthday, Mr. Corpse had the idea of Pokemon LARPing. We know little about Pokemon, and less about LARPing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 22, 2013 - 5 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

I care, but not enough to play Candy Crush...

A twelve year old I'm related to keeps sending me invites to play horrid money wall Facebook games. Said kid is going through a hard time and I like the idea of playing with her as a small, regular form of reaching out. However...Zynga Poker ain"t gonna happen. What kind of easily accessible games suitable to a 12 year old are out there for me to suggest? Specifics under the cut... [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 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

Best/cheap Pokemon title for Nintendo 3DS?

So I have never played any of the Pokemon titles, but they seem like something I would like. The game stores around me seem to have several different titles for the Nintendo 3DS that they are selling used pretty cheaply. Which Pokemon title for the 3DS would be OK to start with, assuming I've never played any of them, with bonus points for an older one that might be cheaper? Or should I have started playing from the first title and I'll be hopelessly lost about the gameplay now? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Online games

My wife and I will be living in different cities for the next 2 months and won't be able to see each other in the meantime. We've been enjoying playing chess through gameknot.com and scrabble through lexulous.com. What other online games are available to play that don't require both people to be online at the same time?
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Find me a game like Miner 2149!

Back in the days of the Palm Pilot, I really enjoyed Miner 2149 (review here). Do you know of any games similar to this one? iOS games would be ideal. Thanks!
posted by Stephanie Duy on Sep 13, 2013 - 2 answers

What are your favourite obscure games for (Arch) Linux?

What are your favourite obscure games for (Arch) Linux? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Getting-to-know-you Games

Please suggest some icebreaker games I can play with 5-7 yo kids. Restrictions: Groups of 4-5 kids, games must be quick (less than 5 minutes) and require little or no materials. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Mobile game design, scavenger hunt edition

Got any suggestions for good articles on game design, especially as it might relate to scavenger hunts (mobile or analog)? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 1, 2013 - 1 answer

52 weeks in a year, 52 cards in a deck... ....

It's a slow news day around the office, and someone mentioned that there are 52 weeks in a year, and also 52 cards in a deck of cards. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the difference between Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder?

My friends tell me--not very helpfully--that D&D and Pathfinder are "the same but different." They're speaking in High Gamerspeak to a tabletop RPG n00b. I understand that the games are owned by different companies, and that Pathfinder is based on an earlier edition of D&D, but they sound pretty much the same to me. Is the "flavor" of the game different? I'm really not sure what questions to ask . . .
posted by jackypaper on Aug 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Seeking pretty, engaging games with no violence.

Need non-violent game recommendations. Have Xbox 360 (never used), a badass PC, and iPad. Like pretty, detailed environments, exploration, puzzles/deduction, mystery, adventure. Dislike all but the most very mild violence, and also not very good with things that are time-sensitive (like having to do things very, very quickly or have a good reaction time to succeed). Many years ago in the mid-late '90s I enjoyed Myst/Riven, The 7th Guest, Zork Nemesis, the X-Files game, the Titanic game, and a couple other exploring worlds/figuring things out things that I can't remember the names of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Aug 16, 2013 - 48 answers

Looking for fun, not-too-challenging 2-player games

What are the best games (both classic and new) for two people? Specifically, fun, not super challenging, about 30 minutes to 2 hours per session. Primarily seeking board games and card games, but video games for mobile or console are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 30, 2013 - 49 answers

Visiting Grandfather in hospice, how can I keep him amused?

Looking for ideas to keep a mentally sharp but nearly blind and mobility restricted 95 year old Grandfather/former rocket scientist busy during my week visit to see him. [more inside]
posted by camerasforeyes on Jul 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Books or movies like Dark Souls?

Along with a friend, I have been immersed in Dark Souls for over 100 hours the past couple weeks. Although we still have much ground to cover, we're obsessed with the beautiful world, tone and feel created by this game. Are there any movies or books that capture this? Don't know what Dark Souls is like? Explanation has lots of detail! [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jul 25, 2013 - 17 answers

I will see how many stamps I can lick in an hour, then beat that record!

How can I rejigger my brain to recognize engaging, rewarding tasks as "fun" instead of "work"? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Cards Against My Sanity

How do you encourage clever play instead of ironic ___ist pairings? Do you try to? Am I worrying too much? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile on Jul 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Can you identify this WinTrek-esque game?

Can you help me identify a game I played that was like EGA Trek/WinTrek, but was not actually either of those games? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 18, 2013 - 4 answers

.... ...... ..... so...

What are some fun games/safe foolproof topic for awkward silences? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 17, 2013 - 19 answers

help me figure out what I might like on Steam.

Looking for game suggestions to buy on Steam. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jul 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Great essays and analysis about Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP?

I just finished the iOS indie game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (previously) and I feel the need to contextualize what I've just experianced. I'm looking for long-form essays, analysis, YouTube critiques, and anything else that will let me understand more about what I've just played.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jul 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Handheld games for the bus commute

I ran out of games to amuse me on my commute. Can you help me find some iOS games according to my special snowflake requirements for my iPod touch? I'm looking for games I can play holding the iPod in one hand in portrait mode, no internet required, and that won't be disrupted by a bumpy bus ride. Thanks!! [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jul 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Can anyone help me identify a couple of arcade games?

I spent a lot of time in arcades growing up, and I remember the names of most of the games I enjoyed, but there are two the names of which I have forgotten. This was during the late 80s/early 90s; I was living in Italy at the time, and the games must have been imported. I don't recall perfectly, but I'm guessing the graphics were at least as good as the home consoles which were out around that time. No photos: I'll try to describe them. Help a guy out? [more inside]
posted by millions on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

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