If you are like me and consider yourself a serious gamer, then the thought of playing games on Facebook might make your stomach turn in disgust. If you are also like me, you might not have a lot of good mobile options for gaming while you are doing your holiday vacationing. However, I am here to tell you that Facebook does have some fun games that you can access on almost any computer to play with any of your loved ones (or random strangers!)
SongPop is my most recent social gaming addiction, and one I’ve been playing extensively with the girlfriend. It is an incredibly simple game that banks on your knowledge of songs and musical artists from varying eras and genres and the nostalgia you might have for hearing them all again. Players go in rounds where they first pick a Playlist, then pick the right song or artist for the sound clip from a possibility of four choices. The quicker you pick the correct answer, the more points you earn. As you guess more and more songs correctly, your playlists level up, which unlocks more songs. You also earn coins that can be used to unlock new playlists.
The game really shines as a quick fix of multiplayer goodness that will keep you coming back again and again. SongPop catches that first principle rule of being a good social gaming: quick and fun accessibility.
It might be strange to call any game a classic, but Words with Friends is the classic Facebook game. It is also still really good. Words with Friends is essentially a copy of the classic board game Scrabble, but done in perfect fashion to take advantage of Facebook. Players take turns placing tiles to spell out words, which earns points. It’s simple and elegant.
Yet, it’s also fascinatingly brutal. Moving beyond just playing each hand for a high score, playing Words with Friends to win should also have you employing some awareness of the letters your opponent might have, how to best cut them off from important score bonuses, and a variety of other nuanced approaches that help secure your victory. When played right, Words with Friends is an addictingly serious matter.
Google Play: Words with Friends Free
Facebook: Words with Friends
This last one may seem like a cop out since it is very much like the classic Nintendo game Tetris, but Tetris Battle proves to be its own thing. Tetris Battle combines the gameplay of Tetris with a wide variety of multiplayer modes that utilize Facebook to pit you against random strangers. It is an absolute blast.
Like SongPop, Tetris Battle hits that sweet spot of giving you just enough multiplayer goodness per session without dragging them game out. It really excels at providing you plenty of fun for however long you want to play it, be that one match or twenty. It’s also great fun when you bring in friends, as getting that last line clear right before the buzzer to in the match is as exhilarating as any other game’s final moments. Tetris Battle is my favorite social game of all time and one that I think would be a big hit with average gamers if it weren’t blacklisted because it’s one of those ‘stupid Facebook games’.
Facebook: Tetris Battle