It has been a good number of years since Plants vs. Zombies won our collective heart, but at long last the second iteration has been released. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is out on iOS, and it's more or less what you expect. There are zombies, and there are plants to stop the zombies. You can't go wrong with that formula. For anyone not familiar with the basic premise, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a casual tower defense game in which you must use plants to take out wave after wave of zombies. Plants vs. Zombies simplifies many of the classic tower defense tropes and focuses on strategy and quick thinking. The first game is a lot to live up to, but the sequel has some things going for it. The essentials of the game play are still intact. The zombies stalk in from the right, hoping to get all the way across the screen to eat your brains. There are 5 lanes the zombies can walk down, and it's up to you to fill the spaces with pants that will attack and eliminate the undead. Throughout each level, … [Read more...] about Plants vs. Zombies 2 Staggers onto iOS as a Free-to-Play Game
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Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment said Tuesday that the company's massively multiplayer game, Star Trek Online, will now be free to play. Users will still have the option of paying $14.99 per month for "Gold"-level status, or else pay nothing and have the option of buying upgrades later. Cryptic has published a comprehensive list of both options, with perhaps just the bridge slots per rank as the only distinguishing feature between the two pricing plans. Users can go to the game's Web site and download the installer client. For many of the game's features, simply playing 20 hours in the game will put the free-to-play player on par with those who have bought a subscription. Users who have made an in-store purchase or who have previously purchased a subscription will also gain many of the paid perks without paying a cent. Cryptic also said that it had added new weekly episodes, the name that the game gives to "quests." "We couldn't be more excited," said Jack Emmert, … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online Now Free to Play
Later this month, you could get the chance to play Pong on what is reportedly one of the biggest video game screens in the world. On Friday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 24, Drexel University gaming professor Dr. Frank Lee will host a Pong gaming tournament on the north side of the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia. In a video (below), Lee said he'd been working on the project for the last four years, and finally got the go-ahead from Brandywine Realty Trust, which owns the building. The Cira Centre, Lee said, has a "wonderful matrix" of LED light, and "ever since 2008, I've been dreaming about making games with these lights." Lee was intrigued by the minimalism that would be required by the game; "you're restricted to 20-by-23 pixels, [so] you have to be really creative in thinking, 'what games could fit?'" Lee turned to classic arcade games since they are very limited in pixels, and considered Tetris before landing on Pong, a simple tennis game released in 1972 by Atari. In this … [Read more...] about Want to Play Pong on the Side of Huge Philadelphia Skyscraper?
The Legend of Zelda and Megaman 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). F-Zero and Street Fighter II: Turbo on the Super NES. Altered Beast and Strider on the Sega Genesis. If you have a Mac and fond memories of game consoles past, read on. The vintage emulator scene—going on 20 years now, by a rough estimation—is constantly evolving. Programs and ROMs that worked several years ago may no longer load now. The Web is littered with emulators that aren't compatible with current operating systems, or ROMs that don't run in their corresponding emulators. The thing is, it's all in good faith. Dedicated volunteer programmers develop better emulators in an effort to improve accuracy and add features. Sometimes that requires new ROMs. Other emulators fall out of favor as developers move on to different projects. Then Windows or Mac OS updates render languishing emulators unstable or otherwise unusable. Don't despair, though. Four years ago, I wrote a lengthy … [Read more...] about How to Play Retro Games on Your Modern Mac With OpenEmu
Talking with your friends on Facebook is so passé. If you really want to take your interactions to the next level, challenge them to a game of chess, which is now possible through Facebook Messenger, thanks to some creative hacking. To start, drop the following line into any conversation: "@fbchess play." From there, you'll have to get yourself familiar with the typical chess notation for moving pieces; that's how you'll tell Facebook that you want to, say, move your pawn to space E4 on the board (by typing in @fbchess Pe4, in that case). That's it, though. If you're having a little trouble playing the game or deciphering the commands, type @fbchess help into your chat window and Facebook will come to your aid. (You do have to use different commands when you're taking a piece or attempting to promote a pawn—should you be good enough to do so.) You can also send a few other commands to @fbchess. If you're getting demolished, just add "resign" to your message to tip over your … [Read more...] about Your Move: How to Play Chess on Facebook Messenger