Since they are generally played to pass the time, web browser games are originally designed to be played in a carefree and possibly attention-scarce manner. But now that every little thing in this world is getting make-over and a level up, and things are becoming more challenging, and especially demanding of players’ ability to attend and respond.
Still, despite the increasing numbers of more complex online games, there are some that are pretty straightforward and can be played by not-so-Web-savvy individuals who find the Internet a great source of distraction and respite. These games are very old school in terms of concept and game requirements that if one day, your ancestor comes by unexpectedly for a visit riding a time machine, he or she would probably be able to continue the game you left so regretfully as you get up from your comfy chair to get him or her a drink.
What better game to let an ancestor play than an action game set on Mars in the far future? It’s the 21st century after all and you can proudly share the news of the Mars explorations underway as you think of topics to talk about. The motherload is somewhere buried under the red Martian dust and there are dangers to overcome (renegade Rovers?) as one digs/mines kilometers deep into the planet to unravel the horde of precious metals never before seen. When you get back with the drink, tell your ancestor it’s really just like the California gold rush, but this time it’s in Mars, and it’s not really for gold. They’d surely get the drift.
9. Power Soccer
Once the fact that you do have one of your ancestors visiting your “when” sinks in, naturally you’d want to put your best foot forward. And for the next game option, what could better than what is lauded as the best 3D action football game on the Web today? Before you leave your ancestor to get food or do an errant chore, make sure he’s not that much of a football fanatic. You would not want him creating tension while signed in with your username, right?
8. Phospor Alpha 4
It is also expedient that your ancestor gets a whiff of first person shooting with virtual guns because that is what online gaming is really all about when you got down to basics. You can check out together the weapon models and type of armor available and just maybe that could break the ice. You’d better warn granny or gramps that virtual bullets kill and losing is all too real even if it’s just make-believe.
7. Dinosaur Zookeeper
We are not recommending this because your visiting ancestor is positively ancient. Even the progenitors of your family tree didn’t get dinosaurs for pets at that time because they became extinct 65 million plus years ago. But, the fascination for dinosaurs transcends generations. Your great-grandfather would have heard of digs for dinosaur bones in his time. But before you decide to show him Jurassic Park and watch his jaws drop in awe, give him a taste of Dinosaur Zookeeper first. It’s quite a silly game, actually. It might prepare him for Barney.
6. Robot Unicorn Attack
And if you wish to show off the resolution of your screen without shocking your ancestor into the confusing cornucopia of too many robots and fairies trying to kill each other, you can introduce him/her to Robot Unicorn Attack. It is relatively easy to play, has a very simple premise (stay alive!), and the visuals are stunning. Still, executing the attack mode is a bit tricky, but anyone with a bit of practice will soon be able to jump and dash for the move to work.
5. Gilfor’s Tales
If your visiting ancestor’s bellicose tendencies lean more towards the archaic (no rainbows, robots, and unicorns), then Gilfor’s Tales should be more than adequate. Gilfor’s Tales is a great means of introducing the genre popularly known as “MMORPG” to your time-travelling relative. You can provide the definition (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). From there you can give your ancestor a brief overview of what the Internet is and what it is most popularly used for.
4. Urban Dead
A multi-player web-based game could be a great way to introduce your esteemed ancestor to the 21st century. You don’t really need to justify this game if a great-great-grand aunt caught you playing it. Playing the character of a survivor of a zombie apocalypse strikes a universal chord that need not be explained because everyone knows, including your time-travelling relative that this fascination surviving zombie attacks could be useful someday.
3. The Last Stand
And since we’re on the subject of surviving and fighting off zombies, your ancestor might also appreciate the subtleties and innuendos of “The Last Stand.” Most of the fighting happens in the night, but there will be blood, yes. And gooey stuff. Many people like it that they can still at civilized and use a rough city map to strategize like decent human beings do.
2. Kingdom of Loathing
Despite certain limitations such as the hourglass telling you to stop for the day, this game is all about what you can keep getting until you have had enough. This is the only online game wherein you can eat all you want and drink booze to your fill and not worry about gaining weight. Stick figures have that advantage. You get drunk and sleep it off, and you get hungry so you stop eating. You buy stuff from the market to make your own food.Your ancestor would definitely appreciate the real-life parallels of this game with their own time.
1. Warfare 1944
This virtual D-Day battleground may be after your ancestor’s time, or he could have lived right through the horror of the Second World War. Before suggesting this, make sure you recall your family history. If there is no danger of reliving memories better forgotten, then you and your ancestors can bond amidst the trenches of a virtual Normandy and strategize so that the Allies win not just the war all over again, but every single battle as well.