Have flu. Need game.
September 19, 2008 2:23 PM   Subscribe

I need a good time suck. Recommend free games, either online or downloadable? I loved Dwarf Complete. Something like that would be ideal. WinXP, by the way.
posted by mudpuppie to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've wasted an absurd amount of time playing Fantastic Contraption...
posted by foodgeek at 2:35 PM on September 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

Try wandering around Kongregate for a while. I'm sure you'll find stuff to taste. If you "Badges" section you'll sees a list of things you can get points for playing; those are usually the better games.
posted by heresiarch at 2:40 PM on September 19, 2008

My friend Anthony has a video podcast in which he recommends free and cheap downloadable games every week (mostly PC, some console). It's called Bytejacker and this week he's got the a top 10 list of free retro-inspired games - all downloadable, all free. Watching these shows will also help to eat away some sick time. Get well soon!
posted by plasticbugs at 2:46 PM on September 19, 2008

Also, forgot to mention that the links to the games in each episode are right below the videos. Should save you from having to hunt for decent games.
posted by plasticbugs at 2:48 PM on September 19, 2008

In addition to kongregate, check out armorgames & jayisgames. A fair amount of overlap in those 3, and JiG has a bunch of sponsored for-pay stuff, but once in a while you find something on one of them that you won't see on the other two.
posted by juv3nal at 2:52 PM on September 19, 2008

How about rogue-likes (Which Dwarf Complete looks like at first blush) such as Dwarf Fortress?
posted by porpoise at 2:57 PM on September 19, 2008

Ahem. IRC.
posted by mullacc at 3:01 PM on September 19, 2008

Desktop Tower Defense and Peggle. Seconding Fantastic Contraption, which is really fun. In a similar vein is Armadillo Run.

All of these are awesome timesucks.
posted by gemmy at 3:13 PM on September 19, 2008

I've been wasting time today on Light Bot
posted by dolface at 4:24 PM on September 19, 2008

Games at reflexive.com have lately been eating all my spare time, and a lot that wasn't spare.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 4:37 PM on September 19, 2008

foodgeek, I hate you, I've just wasted every minute since my last post on that damn thing!

Also, 2nding mullacc's suggestion for IRC; #metafilter is a great place to start, I swore off it a couple years ago because of the time-sink it became. But it was a FUN time-sink!
posted by dolface at 5:21 PM on September 19, 2008

Nethack has eaten many days of my life. Many, many days. I almost beat it once. Well, I almost got the Amulet once.

If you don't mind pirating old video games/abandonware, I recommend that you grab some emulators and run through Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross/Star Ocean 2/Final Fantasies/Super Mario RPG (it's surprisingly good!). That should last you a good 200, 300 hours of playtime.
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:27 PM on September 19, 2008

posted by a robot made out of meat at 7:06 PM on September 19, 2008 [1 favorite]

nth-ing Nethack.
posted by sebastienbailard at 8:46 PM on September 19, 2008

oohhh fantastic contraption is good.
posted by juv3nal at 12:12 AM on September 20, 2008

OK, I just finished Dwarf Complete and the game you are looking for is called An Untitled Story.
posted by carsonb at 12:49 AM on September 20, 2008

Have you ever played Reflections, in which you place mirrors and other devices to get your laser to light up the bulb? I wouldn't be a bit surprised if I've mentioned it to you before.

This is one that I love, but as with any kind of game, if you like that sort of thing, well, then that's sort of thing you like. I do. I go back to this again and again (after waiting a few months or a year or whatever after the last time I had to play through every level like a mirror/laser crack addict)... and now...uh-oh! Oh, look! Your post is making me play once again!

I also adore Dark Room (jayisgames review, with link), which is another one I replay. Not one of those escape-the-room games, though the name sounds like it.
posted by taz at 5:16 AM on September 20, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks for the suggestions, y'all. I have some playing to do.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:36 PM on September 20, 2008

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