The other day a visitor asked what multiplayer games are available to play on the Web:
Hey Jay, do you know of any good multiplayer games over the net, because my boyfriend and I play games together and we've run out of things to play.
Although aware of a few casual Web games that offer a compelling multiplayer experience, as I was thinking about an adequate response to Lauren's question I realized that I was coming up short. So, I would like to start a discussion on multiplayer Web games by listing some games that I know of already—some that I have reviewed, while others that have been only suggested to me—and requesting that others contribute by recommending other multiplayer games as comments to this entry.
It is my hope that we can generate enough ideas to begin a recommended multiplayer games section in the sidebar.
Conqueror - a very good multiplayer Risk clone with surprisingly rich gameplay. Shockwave.
iSketch - Shockwave Pictionary clone that offers addictive and hilarious, adrenaline-filled multiplayer fun. Enough said.
WEBoggle - more words than you can shake a stick at. If you like words, you'll love this game. DHTML.
War of the Worlds Survival Game - offers an unusual cooperative multiplayer experience in Flash.
Fantastic Four :: Clobberin' Time - another movie licensed multiplayer Flash game. Suggested by a visitor to jayisgames.
Tactics Arena Online - this multiplayer, turn-based strategy, Flash game was highly recommended to me, though I have not yet tried it. Anyone can create a free account that features nine different units with which to play. Gold accounts cost just $5 a month and offers a caboodle of additional units and features.
Settlers of Catan - recommended as one of the best board games ever, this free multiplayer online clone of the game (Windows download) is supported by its developer, Jason Fugate, and a large community of players.
Runescape - a massively multiplayer online Flash RPG that offers a limited free account, and a $5 per month subscription with additional features.
Kingdom of Loathing - a funny and sarcastic online RPG that is played with stick figures. Go figure.
Puzzle Pirates - offers a unique and compelling experience in a massively multiplayer online persistent world. Players compete in a variety of puzzle games to improve their pirate's standing. Winner of the Audience Choice Award (Web/Downloadable) at the 2004 Independent Games Festival. Subscription-based, a free trial for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms is available.
Golf - a unique multiplayer golf game for up to 4 players. Not an ordinary looking golf game, this simple and yet richly styled Windows executable features direct action swinging with the mouse rather than the usual power-bar based controls of other golf games. In-game chat and two-seater golf carts make this game an excellent choice for friends who want to play together. Capuchin promised to review this game here soon.
What multiplayer online games have you played and enjoyed lately?