Written by Kevin Juhasz
Video games have made great leaps since their introduction almost 70 years ago. Graphics and gameplay have moved from simple blocks to experiences that are as close to real as you can get. There’s still a lot of appreciation for simpler games, including many in 2D that are easy to play and available on the Internet
Some games are scaled-down versions of other games, some are original. There are games that are very basic but remain challenging. There are also games that offer excellent 2D graphics with multiple challenges for the user. One of the great things about many of these games is the developers make their source code available for other creators. Many are free, but there are also paid versions for some.
1. HexGL (BKCore)
“This superb fast-paced racing game is my favorite, and I love to play it during my free time on my desktop,” said Harriet Chan, Co-Founder and Marketing Director at CocoFinder. “It’s a game I’d recommend people play in their leisure time to relieve pressure from work.”
2. Gods Will Be Watching (Deconstructeam)
Originally created as part of a code challenge, Gods Will Be Watching is now a full retail game for Windows and macOS. that has expanded from the original creation. It’s available on Steam, typically for $9.99, but it is on sale for $2.49 right now. The game is currently being developed for iOS and Android.
3. CrossCode (Radical Fish Games)
The game has a free demo that is available on the Internet, but a variety of paid versions are available for $19.99-$39.99 on Steam. If you have a console, then you can search for the game there.
5. PixelDefense (Oregon State University)
6. Tower Building (MIT)
7. Mk.js (Minko Gechev)
8. Pocket Island (Wooga/Liq Corp.)
“I love this game as an escape from reality,” said Steve Johnson, owner of BootMoodFoot. “It’s very addictive. It has been keeping me happily entertained during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
9. Astray (wwwtyro)