Facebook is the premier social networking site in the world. Millions of people log in every day to share their thoughts and lives with friends and family. Many of them also play online games while logged in. Some Facebook games have more players than total consoles sold in the current console generation. In response to this desire to play games, hundreds of companies have produced thousands of games. Many of these games appear and disappear within months, but a few last much longer and gain much greater fan support. Advertisements like to boast hundreds of thousands or even millions of players for some games. It can be hard to find the really great games among all the games vying for your attention. The following or the best Facebook games of 2014.
King’s Road – This rare action game is essentially a Diablo clone. Play as a wizard, rogue, or warrior and slay enemies in either single player or multiplayer action. As you progress, you collect items, gain levels, and learn new skills. Like most Facebook games, you can speed up your progress and get better items by spending real money, but it isn’t required and you can have lots of fun without. Also, the game has no daily limits on play, which is a refreshing change from most games on the site.
Candy Crush Saga – This is a match three game similar in style to games like Bejeweled. Each level is objective based, thus many players refer to the levels as puzzles, especially when a particularly difficult one is encountered. The puzzles are limited by the number of moves you can make to complete them. That limit is often low enough that only perfect play can solve a level. If you enjoy puzzle games, this is currently the gold standard of the free-to-play industry. The major downside to playing this game is that the publisher, King, was accused to stealing this idea from another game. This controversy may make you want to avoid Candy Crush Saga.
Criminal Case – Of all hidden object games on Facebook, and there are a lot, this is one of the most intricate. You are a lead detective trying to find clues to solve a crime. Clues are found in by searching a standard hidden object scene. Most of the scenes include dead bodies or chalk outlines. A very interesting twist is that you find yourself returning to scenes in order to find additional clues once the investigation gives you more information of what to look for. Also, when you finally put the clues together, you need to decipher which of various suspects is the actual criminal. The game requires that some friends play in order to get past a certain point, but assuming you have a few helpful friends, the story is enthralling.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance – Most Facebook games, even the really popular ones, lose steam after a year or two at most. Thanks to the popularity of the Marvel movies, Marvel: Avengers Alliance actually seems to be holding its own, if not gaining in popularity, despite being two years old. The game plays very similarly to old turn based role playing games. You control a SHIELD agent and up to two Marvel universe heroes in battles against all of the most famous villains. There are roughly a hundred heroes available from obscure to massively popular. It is a fun game that has a Pokemon style catch-them-all quality to it.
Triple Town – One of the most popular new online games is 2048, a simple puzzle game where you try to form the number 2048 by combining multiples of 2. This older Facebook game is essentially an infinitely more complex version of 2048. You need to match three things at a time rather than two, but those things then combine into bigger things and even bigger things, until you have eventually produced flying castles. Trees, bears, castles, gravestones, and churches all combine into a brilliant puzzle game that will test you thoroughly.
Words with Friends – This game is really nothing more than Scrabble online. But, the ability to play it online, at your own pace, is what makes it fun. Discover new words, test your ability to find bingos, or cheat and use an online website to find the best words for you, if that is what makes you happy. The socializing aspect of this game is really the best part and unlike almost every other Facebook game, you don’t feel forced to socialize. You do it because chatting with friends while playing a friendly game is essentially the purest essence of the gaming experience on a social network.