If you have some time to kill then nothing beats passing the time than playing a game. Portable Apps have steadily been filling up their Games Section so I decided to play some of the games to see if they were any good.
Being portable, none of them require installation and can easily be run off a USB stick. These portable games for flash drive are fairly simple and straight forward so don’t expect any World Of Warcraft types of game. But that doesn’t make them any less fun to play.
So, let’s take a look at 5 portable games and see which ones are best.
Jooleem’s appearance reminds me a bit of Bejewelled (a.k.a. Diamond Mine). In Jooleem, you have to click on four marbles of the same colour to form a rectangle. They then disappear, the remaining marbles rearrange themselves and off you go again. It takes a while to get the hang of the whole rectangle thing but eventually you are whizzing along and the whole thing is really addictive. Guess what I’ve been doing today! Still, I prefer Bejewelled and I wish it would be brought out as a portable app game.
Another addictive time waster! In my opinion, Atomic Tanks is the best of the bunch. You are a tank, pitted against another tank and you take turns firing potshots at each other. You use your arrow keys to aim your gun at the right angle then fire with the space bar. The first one to destroy the other one wins.
I spent literally hours today playing this. The best and fastest way to win is to destroy the ground around the enemy tank which makes the tank sink lower into a hole. This makes it more difficult for them to aim at you properly. Once you have them deep in the hole and you have the right angle for your gun, then you have them at your mercy.
Maybe I am just being a bit slow today but it took me a while to figure out how to play this game. I eventually worked it out. You launch a ball and then, just like tennis, you have to move left and right hitting the ball again towards the bricks until all the bricks are destroyed.
This is actually a really difficult game to play – it requires lightning fast reflexes as the ball comes back at you really fast. You don’t have any time to hesitate or think about it. Just keep moving left and right with the left and right arrow keys, trying to catch that ball before it gets past you (and it got past me MANY times!)
This one is a maze puzzle. In the middle, you have Chip and you have to guide Chip towards the exit so he can proceed to the next level. Trouble is, there are many things in Chip’s way, such as blocks and hostile creatures. You have to successfully navigate the maze and bring Chip out without bringing him to any harm.
I am currently trying to learn Poker (blame it on my repeated viewings of James Bond’s Casino Royale!). This portable version of Poker Texas Hold’em is a good opportunity to play poker with 6 networked or computer players. It also has custom avatars, custom cards, online chat and sound.
There are many other portable games for flash drive in the Portable Apps Games Section but these were the ones I found to be the best. Which ones do you like the best? Let us know in the comments!