5 great time-waster gamesYou've got ten minutes left on your lunch hour, so what do you do?
a) Get back to work early to impress the boss.
b) Talk to that annoying coworker in the cubicle next to you.
c) Click away at a great game that relieves tension and leaves a smile on your face.
you choose "c" because there are so many delicious digital diversions
out there in cyberspace that are perfect for well, wasting time. These
easy-to-learn games don't require a lengthy commitment, so they're
ideal for when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Below are a few
recommended games that can satisfy your craving for diversion. All of
these picks are shareware, so they're free to download and try but
require you to pay a small fee if you continue to use them. Each game
is suitable for players of all ages.Insaniquarium Deluxe
Strange and strangely addictive, Insaniquarium challenges you to feed a
growing number of fish, collect all the coins that they drop, and
unlock unique pets as you advance through more than 20 play levels. The
problem is, each fish requires special food that you must purchase with
coins, or else you'll find them belly up in the tank. You must also buy
upgradeable weapons to protect your school from nasty aliens. You can
use this demo for 60 minutes, after which you have to buy the full
version if you want to continue to play. What does your money get you?
You'll get unlimited play, plus four variations on the game (including
a timed mode and a cute screensaver), and four tanks to splash around
in. Moraff's MoreJongg
Software Diversions, Inc.
Based on the ancient tile game of Shanghai, this classic puzzler asks
players to correctly match and remove two similar tiles from a pile—but
only the ones on the top and sides are accessible. The goal is to clear
the entire screen, but you must use strategic tactics since there's
more than one match per tile design and you can't render the tiles
underneath inaccessible. Gamers can choose from various tile layouts,
background art, tile sets, and cursors. SolSuite
If you're still playing the Solitaire games that are bundled with
Windows, you don't know what you're missing. SolSuite is a free
download that contains a whopping 455 solitaire card games, such as
Klondike, FreeCell, Pyramid, Monte Carlo, Spider, Golf, Canfield, and
Forty Thieves. This collection also contains a few original Solitaire
variations that you won't find elsewhere. Along with its
pick-up-and-play accessibility, this set of games enjoys a number of
features such as a "show a legal move" command, game demos, extensive
rules, and customizable backgrounds. Aqua Bubble 2
This addictive game challenges players to launch colored bubbles at
other colored bubbles as they move toward the bottom of the screen.
When three or more bubbles of the same color touch one another, they
pop and disappear. If the bubbles touch the bottom, the game's over.
The cannon that shoots the bubbles can be rotated side to side, so part
of the strategy is to use the walls to bounce the bubbles into
hard-to-reach areas. Along with cute graphics, music, and sound
effects, Aqua Bubble 2 adds special powers, such as the ability to
temporarily freeze bubbles to prevent them from descending. Superball Arcade
Cheeky Monkey Software
This program is a new combination of old games like Breakout, Arkanoid,
Asteroids, and Pinball. The goal of the first level is to prevent a
ball from touching the floor by catching it with a paddle that you
control with your mouse. The twist is that you're periodically besieged
by falling cows and flying wolves. Each level promises something
different and quite unexpected.