I will readily admit that I am not a big fan of Facebook games. Generally, I find their spammy mechanics where you have to ask friends for more lives or energy to keep playing to be vile. A game is something that is supposed to be fun, and I have a hard time seeing how not being able to play because you ran out of energy is fun for anyone.
As much as most Facebook games suck, there are some exceptions that are actually quite decent. Will these compete with games found on your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? No, of course not, but they exist in a completely different space, so they are not made to go head to head with those games at all.
If you want to get into some Facebook gaming with some experiences that are not utter piles of garbage, this list of games should be perfect for you. While these are not the best games on any platform, as far as Facebook goes, these are some of the best.
Dragon Age: Legends
Dragon Age is one of my favorite console RPGs, and the Facebook game actually works quite well. Is it as good as the full game? Of course not, but it is a very fun turn-based RPG that you can play right from your favorite social network.
This game has been around since the release of Dragon Age II, and it’s still worth going back to. The combat is fun, and it can actually be quite difficult at times. A Facebook game that actually requires some skill and strategy; who knew such a thing even existed?
Robot Unicorn Attack: Evolution
This is an incredibly weird game, and it’s nothing like the Facebook games you are used to. It’s a bright, colorful, and strange game that, in many was, feels more like some kind of odd Internet meme than an actual game.
This is a game that is all about having a good time with the silliness. While at its core, it’s an endless runner, the weirdness factor makes it feel like something more. The new evolving mechanics introduced in the sequel go a long way towards making this feel like a more complete game. What’s even better, it’s a game you won’t feel embarrassed to let your Facebook friends know you’ve been playing.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
This is another turn-based RPG, but this time, it features beloved heroes from the Marvel universe. Yes, this game does have an annoying energy mechanic, but I give it a pass, because the actual combat is more active than games like Mafia Wars.
The game even comes with a barebones story attached, so it gives you more reason to keep coming back besides just earning new stuff. Is it the best RPG you will ever play? I doubt it. But for a game you can play free right in your browser on Facebook, it’s really hard to complain. For anyone who loves Marvel and its crazy cast of superheroes, this is a game you should give a whirl.
PixelJunk Monsters Online
You can’t talk about browser games without some sort of tower defense game sneaking in. However, PixelJunk Monsters Online does plenty different from the standard tower defense nonsense that makes it actually worth a look.
While most tower defense games see you controlling some offscreen omnipotent being, in this game your character is right in the action. This changes up the way the game is played substantially, and it makes things more challenging and fun. You have to walk a delicate line between collecting coins from enemies, dancing to upgrade your towers, and placing new ones. Essentially, this is a defense game that takes some skill, which is hardly something I would expect from a game on Facebook.
This game might just change your perception of what should and should not be in a browser game. There is no passive nonsense in this game; it’s an action RPG to its very core. In fact, you might even call it Diablo in a sci-fi setting. And to top it off, it’s free on Facebook. If that’s not a recipe for a good thing, I just don’t know what is.
Seriously, if you like RPGs at all, you should give this one a go. When your friends make fun of you for playing a Facebook game, just have them take a look at it for themselves, and I can guarantee you, their perception of just what makes a Facebook game might change forever.
If you think all Facebook games are bad, think again. While playing the above games, you might just forget that you are playing them on a social network at all. If more developers made games like these, Facebook games might not be at the receiving end of so many jokes and so much criticism from the gaming community at large.
What Facebook games do you think stand above the rest? Hit the comments section below and let us know!
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