Most hardcore gamers don’t particularly like the “downloadable game” category, primarily because of the misconception that these games are strictly for the casual crowd. Aside from a few very well-designed puzzle games, most downloadable ones tend to involve mindless repetition of tasks with no discernible end in sight. Even folks who only play sports games look for something a little more in-depth than that. The misconception is starting to wane, though, since more and more video games are becoming available for download, with a large number of them being high-quality works despite the low production values.
Runic Games’ “Torchlight” is probably one of the best examples. Having been described by many as the lighter, tongue-in-cheek version of Blizzard’s “Diablo” series, the tone and style of the game have just the tiniest bit of cheek to it, instead of the grave heaviness atmosphere of “Diablo.” How could it not when more than a few individuals behind the development and design of Torchlight were also part of the same team which brought the multiplayer action-RPG hit to life. It mostly relies on easy controls, allowing players to access a myriad of skills distributed between three built-in character classes. As a perk, fan-created content was also supported by Runic Games so that players can have the chance to toss in a variety of mods to tweak an existing content or just add new dungeons and character classes.
Meanwhile, there are a handful of free downloadable games from one of Enterbrain’s many game design suites. “Vacant Sky, Vol. 1: Contention” is an epic separated into three parts, while “Visions & Voices” brings a distinctive feel of horror and mystery to traditional RPG storylines and gameplay. These games are made by a number of gamers outside of Japan who have effectively created their own spins on the RPG genre. Of course, it helps a lot that RPG Maker XP and RPG Maker VX are now made available in English. Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of potentially impressive projects out there that are not solely dedicated to the RPG bracket.
If you’ve ever played the popular “Plants vs. Zombies” then you should know that it’s simple gameplay makes it extremely addictive. In fact, it’s probably one of the best games available to date that doesn’t need graphics to be enjoyable. Plus, the number of modes adds replay value to an already entertaining pastime. It may be a simple point-and-click procedure, however it also encourages the players to strategize and think carefully which plants go where, in order to take maximum advantage of their benefits. It also helps users make use of their micromanagements skills that are normally only utilized in highly competitive real-time strategy environments.
There’s also “Dwarf Fortress.” The gameplay is expected to be outstanding since the game heavily utilized ASCII graphics so much so that there isn’t any other visual representation. It can be excellent for people with a certain sense of humor. The game centers on the dwarven fortress, which the player creates and where the little dwarves live. There are so many things you can do in the game, especially with the numerous features of the fortresses. Also, if you have sadistic inclinations, you can always find new and unique ways to dispose of your dwarves. Not everyone can play it, but specific kinds of people will definitely enjoy it.