The entire team behind Platinum Simmers (and partners) have a very varied taste in games, from web browser to strategy games to shooting games.
Every week we’re going to give you a selection of games we recommend you to try if you like the sound of it. The selection will contain different options because our taste is varied and I bet yours is too! Are there any non-The Sims games you love? Scroll down to the end and let us know in the comments!
Path to Success – Iwin – $9.99 – has 1 hour free trial
If you like to achieve your lifetime wishes and reach max level in careers in The Sims 3, then you should check out Path of Success.
It is a cartoony version of somewhere between The Sims and a very old game Jones in the Fast Lane (1990!). You create a character in Path of Success with many options for body type, face/hair and can pick every skin color possible. (Cartoony version of Create a Sim).
Then in the city you start your path to success ( 😉 ) the final goal is to have a family, nice home and a good career. Along the way you are given goals to achieve and competitors to beat at these goals. These goals are things like having a job that pays a 12$/hour, buy a couch or go to the movies. All sounds easy enough, but there is only so much time a day and if you spend half the day walking around the city, not much time to earn money! Then if you are not happy or very tired, you will sleep in – losing more time. It’s a puzzle on how to get the most out of your day.
I love this game.
When I want a game that gives me an immediate goal to accomplish I turn to these types of games! The cartoony style of it is very cute. What is also important to mention is that there are an insane amount of clothing options for your character and many furniture for the house he/she lives in. Creative minds can go wild! There are repetitive moments in the game when you need to earn a lot of money to buy the next item on the list, but every goal-orientated game has that.
Want to try it yourself? You can buy the game or try the 1 hour trial here:
Orchard – Iwin – $19.99 – Free with ads
I like games where you create ingredients, then produce an item with them and then sell this final item for a high price. Orchard does exactly that, you produce different fruits: strawberries, blueberries, apples and more. Then you can create juice, jam and pies from them. It takes time to grow and harvest these fruits. To be able to produce for example a pie, you have to first build bakery which requires wood. Many things to do! Fortunately you can hire a staff to help you!
Selling goods is not instant, imagine it like a market stand where a car has to drive by and be interested in your item. Price and market price of the item influences if a passerby buys the item and with advertising you can control how many cars come by, of course this costs money.
With Orchard I tried the free game with ads to see how obtrusive the ads and in my opinion they are not obtrusive at all. Every time I reached the next goal, I had a 10-15 second break from the game and saw an ad.
It is a nice game to play when you are in the mood for a farming type game. Especially as it does not cost money (with ads). Something that bothered me was how slow the farmers walked around the farm. Waiting on the fruit being harvested or when the items are sold is fine, but the walk around the farm felt too slow!
Lord of the Rings Online – Free to Play – VIP accounts are $14.99/month
When you think of an MMORPG you probably think of World of Warcraft (WoW), most people on the internet have played that at least once. While WoW is a great game, I enjoyed Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) much more.
Visually it is a stunning game but all these beautiful graphics do not slow your system down. In the game there is a very smart crafting system where you farm, mine, look for resources or beat enemies that drop nice things. Then you can craft these into useful items that you use or sell in the auction house.
There is Lord of the Rings history throughout the game, you can play as an elf, race of men, hobbit or dwarf and meet famous characters like Legolas (not Orlando Bloom) in the game. While I personally do not read the history and much of the quest logs in any MMORPG. @deagh tells me that they are very detailed and true to the Lord of the Rings story! The quests you are asked to do are fun and balanced. They are not just killing a certain number of enemies or get an item from an enemy (and kill a gazillion before that happens). You can also be asked to deliver mail and pies!
Lord of the Rings Online is a free to play game, this means that you can play a large amount of the game for free. Some areas and item are locked and can be bought with either Turbine points (game currency you buy with real life money) or by having a VIP (paid) account. There is a very active and friendly community in game and an awesome community manager on twitter: @lotro
You can try the game for free on Lord of the Rings Online if you want to buy any of the expansion packs click here:
@blackgarden’s partner loves this game! When I asked him for his thoughts on it, it could be summarized with “awesome, not going to stop playing for long enough to tell you any more” 😉
For a shooting game it does look amazing and I am very critical on this. It does not look like a typical, shoot the enemy but more interesting and difficult with the titans you can get! I’m not a shooting game fan, but this one is one I would try!