Even though I know that I shouldn’t, I spend a great deal of time playing PC games. Why? Because they’re addictive! Here is a list of the top eight most addictive PC games in my book.
8.) Virtual Villagers (and Virtual Villagers 2)
In this game, you have control of a village. Sounds boring? Well, it isn’t. The story behind the game is that some people were on an island, a volcano erupted, so they fled to another island. Once they got there, they realized that they didn’t actually bring any food or supplies with them.
Your job is to make sure that the villagers get food (and eat it), build huts, and procreate. Another part of the game is that you have to figure out who the island’s original inhabitants were, by digging up new clues and unlocking secrets. It’s very addictive. I should also mention that it’s in real time, so you can’t just play one day and leave it for a month.
You are a fairy, and it is your mission to grant one wish to a human. The first human you come across wishes for the gardens behind his house to be rid of weeds, rocks, and bugs. Therefore, the entire game is spent planting flowers, picking up rocks, killing insects, and pulling weeds. Sounds tedious, but as you start to learn new “spells,” it makes the game a lot more interesting.
We all know what the paparazzi are. Who would think that they’d make a game about them? You are, of course, a paparazzo and it’s your job to photograph all of the latest scandals around town. You get leads, and you can pay money to your informers for hints in order to find even more things to photograph. This game is sort of silly, because some of the celebrities include an alien and Bigfoot.
5.) Diner Dash
This is the first PC game that really got me hooked as a young adult. I had heard stories from people about how they couldn’t stop playing, but I never thought it would happen to me..little did I know! Most of you probably know what it’s about, but if you don’t, you are a waitress named Flo. You work at a restaurant. You seat people, take their orders, deliver their food, pick up their plates, and give them appetizers and drinks if they get impatient. I’m telling you, it’s like a drug.
4.) Burger Island
You play a girl who washes up on a desert island (what is it with these games and desert islands?). There’s nothing on the island except a burger shack. The owners of the burger shack give it to you, and you get to make burgers, fries, and milkshakes for your customers. It can get frustrating, especially when your assistant (a caricature of a French waiter) starts to yell at you. After you beat each level, you can unlock new (more complex) recipes.
You come back from cooking school and find out that a giant bakery has taken over the neighborhood, pushing out your grandmother’s small shop. You are determined to win back customers, so you start making cakes yourself. This is the only one of these games that I haven’t actually beaten yet. I really like this game because it has little holiday phases; a man dressed up as the Easter bunny comes in to buy cakes during Easter, Dracula comes in during Halloween, Cupid during Valentine’s Day, and so on. Extremely fun but you have to be fast.
2.) Belle’s Beauty Boutique
You are Belle, owner of a salon. People come in and ask for you to cut their hair, dye their hair, dry their hair, wash their hair, or color their nails. If you put certain people next to other people, you get bonuses (ie; boys next to girls gets you a “flirt” bonus and housewife next to grandma gets a “gossip” bonus). This game is good if you don’t want anything too challenging, but something that will take your mind off of things. I beat it in about three weeks, and I wasn’t trying very hard (or playing that often). The last level is the absolute best. I won’t give it away, but I will say that it has to do with my favorite holiday!
1.) Diner Dash: Flo on the Go
I know that I already mentioned Diner Dash, but this might as well be a different game. Totally different graphics, different pace, and while it’s the same premise, it just feels entirely different. There’s also another added bonus: you get to change your wardrobe! As you beat each level, you earn clothing. Then you can go into your “closet” and mix and match to create your own outfit to wear while you bus tables. It really adds another dimension to the game!