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10 Really Fun Dashboard Widget Games For Mac

Jeffry Thurana 07-06-2009

I am a game freak but I rarely play games anymore. Not because I don’t want to but because I barely can stop myself once I start playing a game.


However, after finishing the previous article on How To Place Your Widgets On The Desktop How To Place Your Widgets On The Desktop [Mac] Read More , I had a thought about Widget games and lured myself into searching and downloading a bunch of them.
Here is the short list of what I found among the hundreds (or thousands) widget games available out there.

1. SudokuWidget [No Longer Available]

In this variation of the classic number puzzle game, you’ll have random puzzles with four different levels of difficulty. You also have the option to reveal an incorrect answer, use “pencil” marks for temporary numbers, time the games so you can see how much better (or worse) you are getting, show high scores, use blank puzzles and many more. All I can say is, spare a big chunk of your time to enjoy this one.


2. Mars Explorer

At first, I thought that this one was not a Dashboard game. Widgets, to me, are simple mini-applications with a certain function. But the size and the complexity of Mars Explorer go beyond that.

The description of the game goes like this: Ascend massive volcanoes, race atop elevated plateaus, splash through lava seas, and execute aerobatic stunts using deployable wings while playing laser tag with your friends over the internet!


What more can you ask?


3. Treshold

This one is a multi-dimensional maze program. A classic puzzle with increasing levels of difficulty: once you have mastered the two-dimensional mazes you may progress to three-dimensional mazes and so on, up to six dimensions.

Six dimension? At the time of writing, I can’t even get pass three dimension.



4. Space Fighters and Asteroids

For those who love spaceship adventures, why not try these two widgets? Both are variations of the classic “Asteroids” game. Just remember not to destroy your keyboard.

5. Bubble Bazinga

Your job is simple: group bubbles with similar colors together and get a score as high as you can. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the rule, this one is very, very addictive.05-bubble_bazinga

6. Chrysalis-B

Want to know how good you are in creating a new world? Maybe you’ll get a clue by playing this widget game.


Chrysalis-B is a real-time causal pace evolution widget/game. You start with nothing but plants and dirt within a glass chamber. By figuring out the right temperature that promotes growth/evolution, you must guide an unknown species through several stages of evolution until it hopefully evolve into the Elders.


7.What’s Different [No Longer Available]

Do you have a good eye? Try to spot the differences between the two cartoon images. This game reminds me of my kindegarten years. Yet, doing it again now still feels fun.

8. 3D Crashdrive

If you love to drive like crazy, get crazy with this one. The goal of 3D Crashdrive is simple: have fun. It is a freeroam race/stunt game. You can play around on your own, but better yet: you can also play it in multiplayer mode. You can play together with friends or random players from all around the world and compare your records and score.


9. Missile Command

A remake of the classic arcade game. I played this back in the 80’s on the big machine with a large ball to control the anti-missile circle. This game is also featured in one of the episodes of Chuck. Even though much smaller in size, this widget version isn’t any easier than the original version. At least, not to me.

10. Crate mania

There are many first-person shooter multiplayer games out there. To stand out among the masses, one must have something special. Crate Mania twists the common scenario a little by giving players the ability to disguise themselves as crates.

What do you think about these widget games? Do you know other fun widget games? Share using the comment below.

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  1. Agereviarma
    October 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Ok I have never used it and was wondering what everyones thought was on it?
    Do you always get what you pay for?

  2. macgeek61
    June 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Awesome list, but wish I can click on the Missile Command one to download..I keep getting a entirely Japanese site. Can someone else try for me? Debbie

  3. Aibek
    June 8, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Played Bubble Bazinga online for some time, very addictive.

  4. deyey
    June 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    These games look nice! I might add the threshold game to my Mac :) Thanks Jeffry!