Social gaming keeps growing in popularity, especially on the Facebook and Google Plus platforms. Everywhere you turn, there's an opportunity to point-and-click your way to a high score. No one is immune. Go head, call your elderly aunt right now and she'll probably spend a good 20 minutes telling you about Angry Birds.
A lot of what people like to play to pass the time is based on taste, but with so many games to choose from on Facebook and Google Plus, how do you which one is right for you?
We've waded through the vast expanse of offerings and compiled a list of the best Facebook and Google Plus Games. When you play these engrossing games, your co-workers and family members will have no grounds give you a wedgie.
Available On: Google+ and Facebook
Uh-oh, looks like you cartoon neighborhood has been overrun by zombies, and its your job to help the Rent-a-Cop restore order. Zombie Lane lets you fight off wave after wave of brain-cravers with different weapons including a shotgun and a shovel. You can fully customize your character, and like full-fledged console zombie games, you can craft your own weapons out of gathered materials. The game is robust, and by offering a variety of quests and rewards, it's something that will keep you coming back for more.
GT Racing: Motor Academy
Available On: Google+
From famed mobile publisher Gameloft comes GT Racing: Motor Academy for Google Plus. Already available on Android and iOS platforms, Motor Academy brings a little engine revving action to Google's social network. With multiplayer and 111 licensed cars, GT Racing is a good way to drive fast and turn left over and over and over again. While users have complained about the controls using they keyboard, the game's automatic steering assist makes it passable and even, dare I say, fun.
King's Bounty: Legions
Available on: Facebook
A frequent knock on social games is that they're overly simplistic in order to appeal to a mass audience. Developer Nival has taken that to heart and developed an offering aimed at gamers who want a hardcore in-browser experience. King's Bounty: Legions is a turn-based strategy game featuring the traditional hexagonal game board. Offering an in-depth feature set, Legions utilizes the Unity engine for fully-rendered 3D environments. While this game doesn't fall into the trap of oversimplifying the gameplay, it doesn't skimp on the social aspect either. PvP action is heavily encouraged, but there is a robust single-player campaign to keep you occupied too.
Dragon Age: Legends
Available on: Google+ and Facebook
With the power of EA, BioWare, and a big time gaming franchise behind it, Dragon Age Legends should satisfy your need for RPG action while you're stuck at work. Based on the traditional Final Fantasy-style gameplay, in Dragon Age Legends, you assemble your party and then fight other groups using all the toys at your disposal. The game is robust boasting a store, base-building, and a skill tree, which are all features seen in traditional turn-based RPGs.
Available on: Google+ and Facebook
You might not think that Bejeweled Blitz is "hardcore," but who gives a s*$t? Bejeweled Blitz is one of the most popular games on the internet for a reason: It's fun. Anyone who tries to tell you that you're somehow less of a person for wanting to play something that's fun is an idiot. So, I put Bejeweled on this list not to enlighten you about its existence, but to tell you that it's ok to like it. Also, anyone who gives you grief about Bejeweled is a fun-hating dbag. You can quote me on that.