Happy Friday! Here's some Free Scrabble for you.
I tried out a few free Scrabble games online to see how invasive the advertising was, how much they demanded from a player in return for a game and how much data they were taking in the background.
Wow. I came up with two that were okay.
The first I tried was Pogo Scrabble. It's probably the most invasive of the three I tried. It requires a sign up and there are loads of ads. It will not run on all browsers, nor will it run on browsers with protection against malevolent scripts or Flash. On Firefox I was met with mostly a blank screen, faint, blinking outlines of boxes and some sort of Colonial Characters that ghosted in and out of sight. It was weird and kind of creepy. I finally got into the site on an unprotected Chrome browser. (I'm going to need a browser bath.) The ads were unbearable and long. Definitely use a junk email to make an account.
The game, OTOH, was good. The interface was intuitive, it played smoothly and the novice level bot kicked my butt. As usual.
The Internet Scrabble Club is probably the most fun you will have playing Scrabble with friends. Or just watching people play Scrabble. Not sure how much fun that is, but the option is there.
You have to sign up for the IRC nickname in order to get in, but it's an easy process. Playing, is a different matter. This is nearly as old school as it gets without getting the board down from the attic.
If you can get a friend to sign up, it's quite fun. You can also play strangers and there is a convoluted ranking system for judging who you want to play. There's also a code of conduct that you can sign and look for when finding a play partner. So, keep in mind this is a Scrabble *Club* there are directions and rules you have to follow. They are spelled out clearly in the instructions, so read them once you get a feel for the place.
Then there's Lexulous, which I found to be the easiest of the lot. Give the game a try before giving out your email address. But beware - The bot kicked my butt and then mopped me up with a tissue. Honestly, it was the best of the lot.
Eek! It's Friday! The days are blending together. I thought today was Thursday. ?
Are you ready for a fun freebie? Well, it's a freemium product because of ads.
It's a relaxing game called Orbia! Well, maybe not totally relaxing. The graphics and sound are relaxing and pleasing. The game gets quite challenging as you move up in levels. It's a dash game that will entertain your fingers for hours. You can get it at Google Play and the App Store! Check out the game play in the video below.
Today's freebie is for gamers. Valve made their Half-Life series of games free to play (streaming) on Steam until March 2020 when the new chapter of the game, Half-Life: Alyx, will be released.
The games included:
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
If you aren't a gamer, this is the perfect time to give this classic game a try and dip your toes into the world of gaming. Steam is available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
You can read more about it on Steam's Blog.
Today's freebie is a website.
I don't suppose anyone will be thanking me for this, so I'll apologize in advance for your wasted day. Sorry.
One of the problems coming to the Internet soon is the lack of Flash. Most browsers are already reluctant to support Flash and they certainly won't after Adobe stops development of the platform in early 2020.
Flash has been a dangerous component of the Internet for a long time. After support stops, every criminal and their brother-in-law will be drooling over getting into your computer while you are playing solitaire at that Pogo mirror site. So, don't download that pirate extension and don't go to that mirror site.
There are are already new sites that are far, far better than the old flash sites. I'm going to recommend one today.
Tons of HTML5 and without the need for Flash. There are loads of clicky games to play that are fun, addictive and simple. Mahjong, Solitaire, Match3, Time Management, Hidden Object, Classic, Action and more. None of them require Flash to work and they all play right in your laptop or desktop browser.
The site is well managed, new games are introduced regularly, the ads are not obtrusive and it runs smoothly on every browser I tested it in.
Neon Games gets a huge thumbs up from me. And a completely wasted afternoon. Yeah, Maya Bubbles has like 120 levels.