Social Point's Social Empires is a cute little game where you build a small town with useful buildings such as farms, lumber mills, gold mines and houses. But you'll also need to add military buildings like barracks to create different types of soldiers including knights, archers and spear men. All of this planning for war will pay off, as every four hours or so, a camp of trolls will appear on your land along with a mission. These missions include rescuing captured princess and sending your soldiers to obliterate the invading trolls. You can also attack your friends (hey, what are friends for?) or random people you don't like the look of. Social Empires is a very popular sim game, with 3.8 million users, and there's plenty to do without friends playing or spending real cash.
The Oregon Trail has been around in various incarnations since 1971 -- essentially it's an educational game that aims to teach people what life was really like for the pioneers in 19th century America. But don't let the educational focus put you off. Oregon Trail has endured because of its combination of decision-making, strategy, hunting, and role-playing. You start off in Independence, Missouri and must recruit a merry band of friends to travel with you on the Oregon Trail to your eventual destination in Willamette Valley. For the two thousand mile journey, you\'ll only have your bare-essential supplies, a Conestoga wagon, and your wits to survive.
Once you've loaded up your wagon, it's time to boldly go, but be warned -- the journey is brutal. You'll probably find many of your party die long before you reach your destination, perhaps of exhaustion, dysentery, measles or typhoid -- or perhaps something even more grisly. If you're really lucky you might just make it to the end.
A game about sick people doesn't initially sound like much fun, but give 6 Waves' Simply Hospital a chance. The patients here don't have real-life, depressing problems like cancer or horrific traffic accident injuries, but instead have amusing issues like becoming zombies, lamp men and chain smokers. You must build treatment rooms, research diseases and hire doctors. When you're ready you can start a shift, which brings in money, but be careful, as if you can't treat enough patients your hospital reputation will fall. With the money you've earned you can buy more rooms, decorations, hire better staff and learn how to deal with weird new diseases. The gameplay will be familiar to anyone who's played Theme Hospital or other similarly silly hospital management sims. If you have friends playing, you can hire them as doctors and save on money but you won't need to annoy them constantly to play.
While most sim games are all about nurturing your virtual citizens and growing and caring for your virtual populace, that\'s definitely not the case with Bolt Creative's Pocket God. In Pocket God the idea is to kill as many people in as many inventive ways as possible. You play as a god with a bit of a chip on their shoulder and are given a small island with an unlimited supply of pygmies to rule over with an iron fist. To level up, you need to sacrifice them in different ways, for example throwing them in the sea (they can't swim), hurling them into a fiery volcano or feeding them to the sharks. You can also build a few little luxuries to keep them happy, like a hot spring or a fridge full of ice cold beer, if you're feeling generous. If you have friends that are also playing, you can find ingenious ways to kill them, too. A real antidote to all the fluffy games out there.
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