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I've played a few MMORPG strategy war games along the lines of build cities, recruit troops, destroy the enemy. I also like some PC games.

Does anyone play any, or have played them in the past, and can you recommend any?

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tracybbs's picture

I like point and click    1 thanks

tracybbs | | Permalink

I like point and click type adventures for the pc - where you have to go round collecting items, talking to people, use items to progress the story. Some of the best i've played have been Syberia, The clock Tower and Discworld.  They can be a bit repetitive as you may have to explore an area or talk to a certain person a few times but i love them.  I usually get these from Big Fish Games for about £5, or you have membership for that amount every month and get a free game included.  I have been working through the Nancy Drew mysteries as they have quite a few.

My favourite games of all time for the console are the Final Fantasy series from 7 to 10.  The game system had a lot to offer and to do most of the sidequests etc available in the game would take about 150 hours of pure enjoyment - not bad for £30 - £40.  Also have great storylines and characters.  Unfortunately the game is now being developed by different people and has lost its sophistication and depth concentrating more on fighting and weapons.  I think they're trying to attract a younger market.

 

stepurhan's picture

I write about games    1 thanks

stepurhan | | Permalink

Every month I write an article for an gaming website about the best adventure game freeware releases in the past month. In fact, I should be working on it now rather than posting on AccountingWeb.  It is astonishing the quality of some of the games that people put together simply for the love of doing so rather than for financial gain.

There are "quite a few" Nancy Drew games tracybbs? If you count the dossier titles there are 29 altogether. They should definitely keep you going for a while.

As for the strategy war games question that ShirleyM originally raised, I can't say that it is an area I've particularly specialised in. Are you looking for ones where you can play against other people or is playing against a computer AI enough for you? If the latter, I may be able to find a few games that might be worth your time.

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Thanks, Stepurhan

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I would prefer a PC game, playing against AI, or better still, the equivalent game played in a browser.

MMORPG games are too demanding on time for me, and to do well you need to logon at least twice per day, which isn't always convenient.

It doesn't have to be war games, but I do like strategy games that keep your brain ticking over :)

A good interesting game, where I can start & stop, and the game continues from where I left off, would be ideal.

All ideas or suggestions would be very welcome :)

Flash Gordon's picture

DS for me    1 thanks

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

I like hidden object games on my Nintendo DS - great in bed for switching my brain off. Nothing too complicated. I don't think I've the patience for war strategies - my brain seems geared towards getting to the end result as fast as possible (whatever I do). I do enjoy things like Sudoku though & often play that on my mobile if I'm waiting for someone...

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A few possible ideas    1 thanks

stepurhan | | Permalink

Battle Stance - Human Campaign - Has fog of war (you have to march troops into an area to find out what it looks like) and the sort of unit building/training that you are looking for.

Cursed Treasure: Don't Touch My Gems - A tower defense game. This is a sub-genre of the strategy fighting games with this being one of the better examples. Build towers to defend against waves of enemies. The varied attributes of enemies and the way terrain affects your building means careful planning is a must in this one.

Rebuild - Post zombie apocalypse game where you are trying to rebuild society. Unlike the previous two games, which are both in real-time, this is turn-based so the action only moves on when you tell it to. A lot of conflicting goals that require careful juggling if you are to achieve success. If you manage to beat it on Harder or Nightmare then let me know. I've been struggling for months to achieve that.

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Thanks Stepurhan

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I'll have a look and try them out :)

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Stepurhan

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

Speaking of Freeware, has The Settlers ever come out as Freeware?  I used to play it on the Amiga and miss it dearly :(

ShirleyM's picture

Constantly ....

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I loved the old Settlers games too, but Settlers V onwards didn't appeal to me. I think I binned the older versions :(

Top_Cat's picture

Couldnt resist - yes I'll try to drag my mind out of the gutter.    1 thanks

Top_Cat | | Permalink

 Flash Gordon PM | Sun, 07/08/2011 - 18:47 - "

I like hidden object games on my Nintendo DS - great in bed for switching my brain off. Nothing too complicated. I don't think I've the patience for war strategies - my brain seems geared towards getting to the end result as fast as possible (whatever I do).  .................................................................................................  Which explains why you have time to play computer games in bed :)

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True

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

ShirleyM wrote:

I loved the old Settlers games too, but Settlers V onwards didn't appeal to me. I think I binned the older versions :(

 

I agree, the modern ones haven't hooked me like the original did.  I have the 'original' on the DS, but they have changed a few things and it isn't the same.

When hanging on the phone...

Barry1971a | | Permalink

...usually to HMRC, I find myself digging out my phone & playing 'Plants vs.Zombies'

Very simple & very addictive. I've gone through the adventure mode several times & am waiting for new plants & achievements to be released by the developers.

ShirleyM's picture

@Barry

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I quite like that one, too .... there is a similar one called Garden Defence where the plants & ornaments defend the garden against flyers & crawlers.

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Soccer 3D

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

I have soccer 3D on my phone. I started a 7 match tournament when I got the phone years ago. Something went wrong, and now, some 116 rounds later, my German wonder boys sit at the top of the table with 348 points and a +1542 goal difference, having just trounced Angola 19-1 (phone went and distracted me - lol)

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Games

weaversmiths | | Permalink

What an interesting lot you are - who says Accountants are boring. I play Pribbage on my Palm phone, various patience games on the pc when having to wait on the landline or when someone is gabbing on.  The Wii is my favourite, especially Rock Band and Guitar Hero and anything midly/fiercely competitive in the word game sort of field - I always lose as my husband is younger and quicker than me, plus a smart alec(:-).

TheAncientOne

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Shirley

mwngiol | | Permalink

I don't know if you've tried these, but if you want a game you have to pay for then I'd recommend the Civilization series.

One free browser game I found is called Batheo EU. It's a different kind of game to Civilization but if you get into it then it's great.

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Thanks mwngiol

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I have a few of the Civilization series. I just can't get on with them, but I know how popular they are, which is why I bought them in the first place. I think it may be because they are 'turn based'.

I'll have a nosy at Batheo EU, though. Thanks :)

ps. One great game I like is Portal, by Steam. I still play it occasionally, but it's getting a bit hard now. You have to work out how to get from one place to another, using portals.

mwngiol's picture

Civilization

mwngiol | | Permalink

It's the turn-based element that I like about them! I haven't played much of Civ5 though as it seems very resource-hungry (or at least it does on the 'huge' map setting with the max number of AI civilizations which is how I like to play it) and turns take forever to process as you get towards mid to end game.

Batheo isn't turn based but then again it's a different kind of game. If you do play it then make sure that you're on one of the EU servers or most of the most fun parts of the game will happen while you're asleep!

For a quick and fun 5 minute game, has anyone played the 'Grow' series of games? Very unique and strangely wonderful!

 

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Tracy

mwngiol | | Permalink

I couldn't agree more about Final Fantasy. I still remember when I first discovered FFVII and fell in love with it. I dread to think how many hours of my life I wasted on getting my materia up to the highest levels!

I think FFVIII was my favourite though. I didn't enjoy FFX or FFX-II at all. FFXII was an improvement but still not as good as the originals (when I say originals I mean 7, 8 & 9!) Like you said, too much emphasis has been put on the battle system now and it's not nearly as much fun.

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More zombies

stepurhan | | Permalink

Shattered Colony: The Survivors - Purge the zombies from an island. Use survivors to scavenge buildings for bullets, boards and people. Use them to build new supply lines or the ever-vital sniper tower (which also needs lots of people assigned to it to function effectively). You really have to plan ahead, especially at higher levels of difficulty, as large groups of zombies attack every 2 and a half minutes, including hordes of new zombies crossing the bridges to the island until you've destroyed them.

What realy makes this stand out is the semi-realistic nature of resource control. You have a meters at the top that show how many bullets, boards and people you have (negative figures if you've assigned more resources than you actually own), However, unlike many games of this type where you can use all these resources anywhere you like, these are all at specific locations on the map. It's no good having hundreds of bullets on the east side of your fortifications if the zombie horde is coming from the west.

If you feel like challenging others the ctiy name "randomises" the map. If you and your opponents use the same city name, you'll both be dealing with the same initial setup.

EDIT. I should clarify, it's a single player game. Challenging others would be seeing who could do best on a particular map. I've just looked at the map for "Accountingweb" at the top difficulty level. It's a nasty starting position. Right next to a large park which has the dual issues of no resources and no buildings to limit zombie access to you on that side.

mwngiol's picture

A good site

mwngiol | | Permalink

with lots of games, some of which are very unusual:

http://www.goodexperience.com/games/ 

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I know its been a while

tracybbs | | Permalink

mwngiol wrote:

I couldn't agree more about Final Fantasy. I still remember when I first discovered FFVII and fell in love with it. I dread to think how many hours of my life I wasted on getting my materia up to the highest levels!

I think FFVIII was my favourite though. I didn't enjoy FFX or FFX-II at all. FFXII was an improvement but still not as good as the originals (when I say originals I mean 7, 8 & 9!) Like you said, too much emphasis has been put on the battle system now and it's not nearly as much fun.

I know its been a while since you posted this but i've only just seen it and wanted to say FF8 was my favourite as well!!! I loved the card game in that one, spent many hours trying to collect them all......and the ending, you had to leave the credits rolling at the end of the game but the best end to a computer game ever!!!!!!!

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