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Title: computer games
Post by: bzam99 on January 30, 2020, 06:28:59 PM
What are good computer games for my kids?  Don't want anything too violent or complicated...
Ages: 10-12 years old  & 6 and down

I used to love Simcity and Age of Empires. Anybody know if the modern versions of these games are easy enough to understand and have not developed into anything too violent or language etc...
Any other ideas?
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: stooges44 on January 30, 2020, 07:43:08 PM
Simcity!!! Haven't heard that in years! Wow!
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: YitzyS on January 30, 2020, 08:37:34 PM
What are good computer games for my kids?  Don't want anything too violent or complicated...
Ages: 10-12 years old  & 6 and down

I used to love Simcity and Age of Empires. Anybody know if the modern versions of these games are easy enough to understand and have not developed into anything too violent or language etc...
Any other ideas?
Most computer games these days are built with the aim to be as addictive as possible. Be wary of the big-name games - they are big names because they hook the player.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: etech0 on January 30, 2020, 08:53:09 PM
Roller Coaster Tycoon for the younger ones, it's a similar concept to Sim City. There's also Zoo Tycoon, Mall Tycoon, Lemonade Tycoon but Roller Coaster is the most exciting.

Nancy Drew games are ages 12+, they are really good. Some of them have not tzniyus characters so you'll need to check them first, but you can probably tell from the trailer/cover. Also older ones are probably better than newer ones in that respect
https://www.herinteractive.com/shop-games/desktop-games/

The younger one might like Cluefinders (idk if they are still around)

Your local public library may have games on CD that you can borrow (and hope the CDs aren't scratched)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: yoshyosh on January 31, 2020, 12:50:30 AM
https://www.gog.com/game/imperialism also if you have amazon prime they give free games that are generally good for all ages https://twitch.amazon.com/tp
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Definitions on January 31, 2020, 01:31:11 AM
Hill climb racing
Angry birds

Basically any of the mobile games available on Windows store
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Post by: mercaz1 on January 31, 2020, 10:01:13 AM

my son plays Age of Empires and he really likes it
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: YitzyS on January 31, 2020, 11:42:30 AM
Hill climb racing
Angry birds

Basically any of the mobile games available on Windows store
Most computer games these days are built with the aim to be as addictive as possible. Be wary of the big-name games - they are big names because they hook the player.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: YitzyS on January 31, 2020, 11:44:23 AM
I don't know if it's still around, but "Where in the World/Time/USA is Carmen Sandiago" were good games that taught geography and history.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: mercaz1 on January 31, 2020, 12:10:27 PM
I don't know if it's still around, but "Where in the World/Time/USA is Carmen Sandiago" were good games that taught geography and history.

I don't think they are around anymore

Oregon trail is also not able to be downloaded anymore either
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: whYME on January 31, 2020, 12:16:16 PM
Oregon trail is also not able to be downloaded anymore either
That sounds like a challenge (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji13.png)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Abebee on January 31, 2020, 12:25:17 PM
Oregon trail, Carmen Sandiago, Roller coaster/Zoo Tycoon. What memories!
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: etech0 on January 31, 2020, 04:04:01 PM
https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/20387064011
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: mercaz1 on February 03, 2020, 02:20:14 PM
https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/20387064011

most don't work with windows 10
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: yoshyosh on February 03, 2020, 03:21:20 PM
most don't work with windows 10
Most work if run in compatibility mode, however it is much easier to play the games online https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games  https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: as2 on February 03, 2020, 03:41:04 PM
Humongous Entertainment had a bunch of games that were really great for kids. Spy Fox, Freddie Fish, Pajama Sam, Putt Putt. Each one had multiple games with the same character and were in story mode. Each character was a for a different age group. They were problem solving/critical thinking type games.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: mercaz1 on February 03, 2020, 05:26:58 PM
Most work if run in compatibility mode, however it is much easier to play the games online https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games  https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990

is there a way to save the games when your playing or must you start over every time?
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: etech0 on February 03, 2020, 08:28:43 PM
is there a way to save the games when your playing or must you start over every time?
IIRC yes
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 05, 2020, 09:41:25 PM
Humongous Entertainment ... Spy Fox, Freddie Fish, Pajama Sam, Putt Putt ... They were problem solving/critical thinking type games.

The genre those games belong to is "point-and-click adventure," and it's not just for kids, although
it can work well for children's games. The Nancy Drew series (mentioned above) is also in that genre.

Quote
Simcity and Age of Empires

A simulation (management) game and a real-time strategy game, respectively.
There are a lot of both kinds out there, and they don't usually age too badly.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 05, 2020, 09:45:07 PM
Many modern board games have PC versions which might fit the bill.
I'd have to do a little research before making specific recommendations.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: etech0 on February 05, 2020, 09:50:23 PM
It's been a few years but we used to play Hoyle Board Games, Hoyle Card Games, etc. Each CD was a collection of games.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 09, 2020, 02:55:18 PM
For the price of $0.00, I can heartily recommend Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne (both best-selling, award-winning
family-level modern board games). They're free to download on the Epic Games Store until February 13. (PC-only.)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: pointer on February 09, 2020, 03:05:14 PM
Pinball?!
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 09, 2020, 03:10:24 PM
?!

?!
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: grodnoking on February 09, 2020, 03:28:41 PM
Pinball?!
Once I (and my brothers) learned the cheat code it was stupid. What a way to ruin my childhood
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Post by: yuneeq on February 09, 2020, 03:55:50 PM
Grew up loving anything from Lucas Arts. Monkey Island series, day of the tentacle, grim fandango
 
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Post by: shimino1 on February 09, 2020, 04:19:01 PM
Once I (and my brothers) learned the cheat code
Deets!
Also accepting PM.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: etech0 on February 09, 2020, 04:23:47 PM
Once I (and my brothers) learned the cheat code it was stupid. What a way to ruin my childhood
Did you learn the one for minesweeper too?
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: grodnoking on February 09, 2020, 05:18:47 PM
Deets!
Also accepting PM.
The person who made it made cheats for everything. Just google it. Or don't and stay happy. High scores meant nothing after that
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 12, 2020, 02:42:01 AM
Quote from: Yserbius123
(from https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/kosher-games-for-computer/#post-1830465 )

In no particular order, here are some “kosher” games that I play and allow my children to play.
They are all technically bad for the Jews as they lead to bitul Torah.

    NetHack
    Dwarf Fortress
    All the major Mario games, from Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario Odyssey
    Portal and Portal 2 (some kol isha at the end)
    Harvest Moon 64
    Lemmings
    Super Hexagon
    Minecraft (offline of course)
    Space Chem
    TIS-100
    Snake
    Overcooked (especially fun with friends)
    Snake Pass
    Humongous Entertainment games, especially the Putt Putt, Freddie Fish, and Pajama Sam series
    Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal (or just about any tower defense game)
    Hexcells
    Braid
    Crayon Physics Deluxe
    SpaceCom
    Osmos
    Any game in the Civilization series
    SimCity
    Cities: Skylines
    Anno 1492 AKA Dawn of Discovery
    Ticket to Ride
    Thomas was Alone
    World of Goo
    A Mind Forever Voyaging
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on March 06, 2020, 02:47:39 AM
Currently free on the Epic Games Store is Offworld Trading Company, which has been described as "economic real-time strategy" and gotten good reviews.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on May 17, 2020, 01:31:01 AM
Digital versions of board games on sale (expires about 4 days from time of posting):
(This requires the Steam game platform.)

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/asmodee-play-with-friends

$1 (or more) gets all of the following:
Carcassonne*
Potion Explosion*
Patchwork*
King & Assassins
Small World 2
Love Letter

$10.23 [or so] (or more) adds:
Splendor and 2 expansions(*)
Mysterium
Twilight Struggle
2 Small World expansions
2 Carcassonne expansions

$12 (or more) adds:
Scythe
The "Lord of the Rings" Adventure Card Game
a Small World expansion
a Splendor expansion
2 Mysterium expansions
3 Carcassonne expansions

The ones with asterisks are ones I've personally played (physically, that is)
and would recommend (Splendor less highly than the others). Other notes:
You might not consider the art in Love Letter or Small World appropriate for your
household (and I haven't seen the LotR game's art). The same goes for the concept
of Mysterium, which is that one player is a ghost attempting to convey who murdered
them to the other players. Scythe, Twilight Struggle, and probably the LotR game
are far more complicated than the others.
If you find an in-game tutorial insufficient, you can probably find a video
explaining how to play on YouTube (the channel WatchItPlayed is good for this).
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: justaregularguy on May 17, 2020, 01:38:25 AM
Go to retrogames.com or maybe it’s .co but it has all the old games I love it! Wario mario donkey Kong bomber man (!)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on August 06, 2020, 06:44:35 AM
The Epic Games Store summer sale ends at 11 AM today. Some of the puzzle games on sale are:
Superliminal (uses forced perspective and optical illusion)
Kine (3D puzzles)
Manifold Garden (involves Escherian geometry or something)

Also, there's a giant-robot time-travel turn-based tactics roguelite called Into the Breach
(I bought it) and the not-for-children civilian-in-a-wartorn-city survival game This War of Mine.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on August 12, 2020, 05:02:39 PM
Currently free on the Epic Games Store (until tomorrow at 11 AM):
Wilmot's Warehouse
Promotional text: "Wilmot's Warehouse is a game for people who like to organise things. You are ... responsible for organising and storing ... products in the warehouse. These products arrive in a random jumble ... and must later be located and handed to your co-workers ... How you arrange them all is entirely up to you - organise by colour, type, the Dewey Decimal System, or some wild format that only you understand - it’s all good! Just remember where you put everything, because when the service hatch opens, you'll need to find the things ... quickly, in order to earn the coveted Performance Stars required for all manner of upgrades to improve the warehouse."
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Yo ssi on August 13, 2020, 01:58:42 AM
Anybody remember red alert?
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on September 02, 2020, 05:34:25 AM
giant-robot time-travel turn-based tactics roguelite called Into the Breach
(I bought it)

And guess what they decided to give away 2 weeks later. :\
But do try it out.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on September 04, 2020, 08:20:19 AM
(Wrong number of weeks. I meant that it's free right now.)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on September 10, 2020, 06:07:39 PM
And guess what they decided to give away 2 weeks later. :\

They actually automatically refunded me for it. That was nice of them.
Currently free on EGS are a strategy game about building a railway empire and a
wander-around-Depression-era-America-hearing-stories thing (some kol isha on
the soundtrack depending on which part of the country you're in - I watched a
gameplay video of it a couple of years back).
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: justaregularguy on September 10, 2020, 11:12:58 PM
you find the strangest games (https://snake.googlemaps.com/) online when your bored!
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on September 26, 2020, 09:55:02 PM
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is free on the EGS through October 1.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Yo ssi on September 26, 2020, 10:58:11 PM
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is free on the EGS through October 1.
https://www.dansdeals.com/?p=245226&t
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on November 23, 2020, 04:14:38 PM
Free on the Epic Games Store for a week starting midday on November 26 is Mudrunner,
an E(veryone)-rated game of driving offroad vehicles.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on December 06, 2020, 02:56:47 PM
Free on the Epic Games Store until midday December 10: Cave Story (side-scrolling action/adventure).
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on December 20, 2020, 11:22:36 PM
The Epic Games Store is currently having a sale and giving away a different free game every day or so.
The sale includes a coupon for $10 that can be applied to any purchase of $15 or more and then comes back,
or in other words, you get $10 off any game you buy that's over $15. (I'm sitting this out;
I don't think I've played any of what I bought in the last sale other than Into the Breach.)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on December 20, 2020, 11:24:37 PM
Anybody remember red alert?

Ya'eiv way d'baddih dan.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: justaregularguy on December 24, 2020, 05:22:13 PM
https://santatracker.google.com/holidayslopes.html

heres a fun game to play
(its part of the google santa tracker but thats not the important part)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: justaregularguy on December 24, 2020, 05:52:37 PM
also a cute game

https://santatracker.google.com/presentbounce.html
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Yo ssi on December 24, 2020, 06:55:20 PM
also a cute game

https://santatracker.google.com/presentbounce.html
That reminds me of such an old game I forget then name, had the disk but it didn't work in anything after windows 2000!
The name it was called something machine IIRC


ETA
Found the name "The Incredible Machine 1993"
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: yesitsme on December 24, 2020, 11:06:42 PM
Which one?

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games?and%5B%5D=Incredible+Machine+1993&sin=

This?

https://archive.org/details/the_even_more_incredible_machine_1993
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Yo ssi on December 24, 2020, 11:12:38 PM
This?

https://archive.org/details/the_even_more_incredible_machine_1993
I believe so. I remember trying to get it to load on XP and it wouldn't load all the colors, no matter what we tried. It was a totally different and more challenging game:)
And then I learnt about a virtual machine, and we finally got the real colors back ;D
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on January 13, 2021, 11:26:53 AM
Crying Suns is free on the Epic Games Store for around 23 hours from time of this post.

"Crying Suns is a tactical rogue-lite that puts you in the role of a space fleet commander as you explore a mysteriously fallen empire. In this story rich experience, each successful run will uncover the truth about the Empire... and yourself as well."
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on January 13, 2021, 11:27:15 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/vH2z3FCz/DDF-QKVQvq-P-Copy.png) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on January 26, 2021, 07:32:22 PM
Galactic Civilizations III is free on the EGS for another day or 2. As you might imagine, it's a strategy game.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on February 21, 2021, 09:34:03 PM
Currently free on the EGS - Absolute Drift (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drifting_(motorsport)): Zen Edition.

Installed EGS games can be run without opening the EGS via their .exe files
(or a shortcut to them), e.g. C:\Program Files\Epic Games\[Game Name]\[EXE file].exe
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Post by: Randomex on March 23, 2021, 06:07:01 PM
Currently free on EGS:
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/the-fall

Well-reviewed.

Wikipedia: The story centers on Arid, an artificial intelligence installed in a technologically-advanced combat space suit, as she
navigates a decaying industrial facility in search of medical attention for the suit's injured pilot with traditional adventure game
elements requiring found items and unlocked skills to progress the story, along with 2D cover-based shooting.
Title: Re: computer games
Post by: Randomex on April 07, 2021, 04:18:29 PM
The current free EGS game is Tales of the Neon Sea.
Might not be for children. (Also, supposedly very puzzly.)