The Wonder of Tech is delighted to welcome guest author Reese Jones.
Over the past three decades video games have become an integral part of everyday life. 72% of American households play computer or video games, according to the latest statistics released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Despite the reputation for games appealing to teenagers, the average player is 30 years old and has been playing video games for 12 years. As consumers spent a mighty $24.75 billion on video games, hardware and accessories in 2011, game designers are always coming up with new ways to appeal to audiences.†
One target market they are trying to appeal to is the so-called ‘casual gamer’, someone who didn’t define themselves as a keen video game player, but enjoys the odd game on their smartphone or tablet. After all, 33% of gamers play games on their smartphones, and 25% play games on a handheld device. As Facebook is one of the undeniable success stories of the internet – almost everyone seems to have an account there – games that appeal to Facebook users are the natural next step to appeal to both the casual and keen video game player.
Here are our top three multi-player Facebook games:
Are you Top of the Pops? If you think you are, then SongPop may be music to your ears. It’s a quiz game based on listening to clips of songs. Players can challenge friends, as well as play against strangers. Although some users do think the app does need some tuning, the majority agree that it’s a fun-packed addition to the app world. If X-Factor or Pop Idol get you grasping for smartphones, then this could be one for you.
The game is one of those simple concepts that is super-addictive and will pull you in straight away. It works well as a multi-player game and really gets you in that competitive spirit. SongPop will remind you of old classics that you’ve forgotten and maybe start a renaissance in your music collection. The game could also be a great way to get in practice for those tricky Trivial Pursuit entertainment questions. The game’s features are now pretty attractive with high scores, tips, Twitter integration and weekly tournament bonus.
The game is still a bit of a work in progress with quite a few bugs squirming about. A recent update has not quite exterminated all of them, alas. The database is a little thin on the ground still, so the song selections get a little repetitive.
It could also do with a tie-breaker for drawn games.
This game is arguably the biggest draw in town. All you have to do is pick a word to etch and sit back and laugh as your friends try pen down what it is.
Even if you are not a budding Picasso, you can still have fun with your doodles. It even works on your smartphone! Lots of colours appeal to those looking to make their sunsets more spectacular. If you haven’t got time to sit through a whole game, then the turn-based Gameplay is perfect when you using your iPad or phone on the go. There is no shortage of takers for Draw Something, so you will always have someone to play against.
Users are experiencing a few glitches with the Android version.
Learn all about the outdoors without getting your hands dirty. Ideal for those looking to muck about with a role-playing game on farming.
What’s not to like? You can help make cakes and tarts. The graphics are really sharp and will appeal to grown-ups and kids alike. Farmville 2 is an in-depth progressive game play that allows you to see the fruits of your labours.
You may get so involved you forget to go get your real groceries! Nevermind, you can always get out your phone and order something from a real shop.
Farmville 2 is available on Facebook. No mobile apps are available yet for this game.
Do you like to play games online? On your mobile device? On your game player? Have you tried any of these games? Let us know in the Comments section below!
† Statistics source: Entertainment Software Association
About the Author
Reese Jones is a tech and gadget lover, a die-hard fan of iOS and console games. She started her writing venture earlier this year and writes about everything from quick tech tips, to mobile-specific news from O2 to tech-related DIY.