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How Much Do Online Games Cost?

 
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Numerous online games are available for free, playable through a web browser. Many of these web-based games are casual and quick, relative to traditional video games.

Typical costs:

  • PopCap Games[1] , a developer of web games, became a hit when their flagship game, Bejeweled, took the internet world by storm in the early '90s. They continue to develop a variety[2] of web-based games such as Chuzzle and Insaniquarium. PopCap also offers their games through partners such as MSN Games, Yahoo Games, RealOne Arcade and Shockwave.
  • Pogo![3] features over 80 games including card, board, puzzle, word, arcade, and sports games. Popular free games include Poppit![4] , Word Whomp[5] , and Turbo 21[6] . You earn tokens every time you play, which can lead to prizes[7] . Upgrading membership to Club Pogo![8] costs $5.99 a month and includes fast access to all games with no ads, plus over 30 exclusive games such as Makeover Madness[9] . You can try Club Pogo! for 2 weeks for free.
  • Yahoo! Games[10] features arcade[11] , board[12] , card[13] and multiplayer games[14] . Popular games include Cake Mania[15] and Bejeweled 2[16] .
  • Sony's Station.com[17] offers a wide selection of word, trivia, puzzle, card, and arcade games. Popular TV game shows such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Other free online games include Word Slinger, and Q*Bert.
  • MSN Games[18] has over 100 free online card, board, trivia, arcade and pop culture games. Examples include Zuma[19] , Sudoku[20] and Scrabble Blast[21] .
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What should be included:
  • Free online games sometimes require you to sign-in or register. Features sometimes include saving high scores and chatting with other players.
  • Some online games are only PC-compatible. For example, Bejeweled 2[22] on Pogo.com is available only for Windows users running Internet Explorer.
Additional costs:
  • Internet access is required to play web-based games.
Discounts:
  • Several websites such as Y8.com[23] or Miniclip.com[24] offer free online flash games, but you'll need to search to find quality or kid-friendly titles.
Shopping for online games:
  • Free online games usually have advertisements along side the game or during game play. Purchasing the full downloadable version often removes the ads.
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Some of my favorite (free) online games
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Posted by: casual gamer in Everywhere, Other.Posted: August 31st, 2007 02:08AM
Orisinal. This site offers over 50 simple, original, family-friendly games. My favorites are "Winter Bells" which is the second image of a bell on the first row, and "The Way Home", which is the apple in the window in the middle of the first row. These games offer a skillful combination of graphics, colors, theme and music.
http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/
Desktop Tower Defense. There's been a lot of buzz lately about Desktop Tower Defense, a strategy game where you build walls, towers and defenses to block an invasion of creatures from marching across the screen. The maker, Kongregate, is also becoming a major repository for little web games.
http://www.kongregate.com/games/preecep/desktop-tower-defense-1-5
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External Resources:
  1.  www.popcap.com/
  2.  www.popcap.com/all-games/free-online-games?p=online
  3.  www.pogo.com/
  4.  www.pogo.com//games/poppit
  5.  www.pogo.com//games/whomp
  6.  www.pogo.com//games/turbo
  7.  www.pogo.com//prize/prize.do
  8.  www.pogo.com//action/pogop/heavyregview.do
  9.  www.pogo.com//tour/cpgame-shoes.jsp
  10.  games.yahoo.com
  11.  games.yahoo.com/arcade/
  12.  games.yahoo.com/board/
  13.  games.yahoo.com/card/
  14.  games.yahoo.com/multiplayer/
  15.  games.yahoo.net/blaze/upgrade/upgrade.html?name=cake-mania
  16.  games.yahoo.net/blaze/upgrade/upgrade.html?name=bejeweled-2
  17.  /www.soe.com/
  18.  zone.msn.com/en-us/home
  19.  zone.msn.com/en/zuma/default.htm
  20.  zone.msn.com/en/sudoku/default.htm
  21.  zone.msn.com/en/general/article/gensblsfarewell.htm
  22.  downloadgames.pogo.com
  23.  www.y8.com/
  24.  www.miniclip.com/games/en/
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