Bejeweled Blitz Tips

We all know about the Bejeweled Blitz game which can be played on Facebook, MySpace, and other official PopCap sites. Every week, there are drawings held which are pretty much based on your and your friends’ high scores. With these scores, you can earn cool stuff such as a free “Deluxe” version of any PopCap games, Plushies, or Netbook. For these cool freebees, who wouldn’t want to use some of these tricks and get ahead of everyone? I knew you’d be interested. Keep reading then.

Coins and Boosts

This is the newest addition and can help in improving your overall game. Coins are easy to earn as they come with the yellow gems in the game. You can easily collect them during the “Last Hurrah” while the game is on, so don’t rush to get them first. Plus, these coins can be used to buy boosts, “powerups” which last for next 3 games. These powers are…
Mystery Gem – helps give you a random special gem from the beginning of the game.
Detonators – they are like “Last Hurrah”, but can be triggered at any time in your game to clear out an entire belt of special gems.
Reshufflers – will give you a chance to clear up the board if you get stuck somewhere.
Five More Seconds – gives you five more seconds.
Multiplier Kickstarts – gives you a multiplier gem from the beginning of the game, so your score can increase more quickly.
Moonstone – gives you one-game advantage with 3 (row and column) star gems.
Strategies to Apply

As the game is only a minute long game (or short, whatever you may call it), it’s pretty descent to play. It’s a great variation from the original Bejeweled version. But there are certain tricks that you should keep in mind while playing the game.
First and foremost, download the free trial version and get 50,000 coins without making any purchase. Just log in to your Facebook account and redeem the coins.
Start playing the game before you are prompted the “Go” signal. You’ll get a 2 or 3 second head start before the voice says “Go”.
While the explosions are going on due to the hypercubes and other gems, keep playing the game. The screen will become dark, but keep matching the gems even when the explosions are on.
As you move the gems while other gems are falling in their place, you will earn a speed demon multiplier.
Another way to score a whopping score is to destroy a total 10 gems at a time. This way, you’ll score a “Point Multiplier” because of the cascading gems.
As you started playing before the “Go” prompt, keep playing even when the game is over. With the last few seconds remaining in the game, you can easily score few more points in the last move.
Play with the sound turned off. At times, the sound effects and voices can distract you while playing. You can easily focus on the game when the sound is off.
To create “Hypercubes”, “Flame” and “Star Gems”, go for 4 or 5 gems at a time. This will create larger explosions, give more points and more chances for extra “Multiplier Gems”.
The first move in the game should concentrate on making a power gem. Take both power gems, bring them together within the initial 5-10 seconds to score big.
One of the important tips while playing the game is to make combinations on one side of the board. Quickly look on the other side of the board to remove any blocks from occurring.
Try grouping colors/gems together instead of going for single 3 gem combinations.
Bottom line – play as swiftly as you can and give the game the best you can. Finally, the only other cheat I can give you now is that play on a laptop or PC that’s fast enough, with good memory, and powerful Internet connection. Close all other browsing windows and programs while playing the game. And if you have a bad game going on, just keep playing. This will give you all the practice you need to get better next time.

Lemonade Stand Game Tips

Want to test your management skills? Looking at that crowded coffee shop while walking on the streets, have you ever thought that if you would have run the same business, then there would’ve been higher profits? Well, before you try your hand at running that shop, read this article that tells you about a game, which will help you to be successful. Though it seems childish – the fact being that which kind of businessman plays games, the following one will surely put all your managerial skills to test.


Lemonade stand game is a very simple PC game, which can be played by both adults and children. It incorporates the basic economic and business principle-based themes. Your goal is to make as much money as possible, in a given time frame. You control a business that consists of a lemonade stand, and you get to manage all the associated aspects in your bid to earn more money. Purchasing raw material, setting up the prices, quality control, customer satisfaction, etc., are some of the aspects that you have to manage. Based on the weather conditions, you have to decide on how much material to keep in stock, the price of your drink, how to sell maximum lemonade to potential customers, how to maintain quality, etc. Besides the weather, changes can be done to almost every aspect mentioned above. In some versions of the game, you can even change your selling price depending on the time of the day. A higher price towards noon, and a lower price towards the evening, can ensure that you sell maximum lemonade to customers.

Being a business game, it was developed to provide the upcoming managers, administrators, and students, to try their skills by managing a virtual lemonade stand. Since it is a Java-based program, it can be played anywhere, provided the user has Internet access. The player is exposed to a business-like situation, and based on his managerial skills, one would be able to make maximum profit.

Directions of the Game

You have to decide the number of days that you want to play for; you can choose from 7, 14, or 30 days. Then, you will need to consider your assets. You will be given USD 20 for your setup, and you have to manage with it. You can buy as many cups, lemons, sugar, and ice cubes as you want, but you must remember that this purchase can be made only once a day. It is important to keep the weather conditions in mind, as you don’t want to run out of stock on a particularly hot day. Weather is the major component of your business. Always consider it while deciding upon the cost per glass. Once you get the hang of it, you will understand and manage your setup. The clue to the game is to develop a business sense.

Helpful Hints
You will be given USD 20 in the beginning, and you need to judiciously use this amount to purchase raw materials. I would recommend not to purchase lots of ice, because if you cannot sell the required lemonade quantity, then the ice melts towards the end of the day, resulting in your loss. Also, do not buy too many lemons; if your sale is not high enough, then there are chances of the lemons going bad. The same applies for sugar; too much or too little is both bad for your business.
You need to check the weather for the day, before buying any raw materials. Buy more inventory on a hot day, and less on rainy days.
The price that you charge per glass has a huge effect on the amount of glasses, which you would be selling per day. Keep in mind the mindset of customers, and ensure that your price is managed accordingly. Also, you need to consider the weather while setting up the product prices. For example, no one would want to buy a highly priced lemonade when it rains.
Customer satisfaction is another important factor, which will help to boost your business. If people like your product, then they will spread a good word about it, and this will surely work in your favor. Remember, a good product should be evenly priced. If you overcharge, you will get less customers at your shop.
Have a business sense of your own to make the profit go higher.
This is a very simple PC game, and it will put your management skills to test. Though it may be addictive in the beginning for some, it is nevertheless one of those harmless addictions.

Tips to Play Candy Crush Saga Game

Run, Run, Run! Candy Crush Saga has taken over the whole world! Look here and there, it is simply everywhere. It is a puzzle video game where you have to match three similar candies together. The game has a colorful look with bright candies along with different obstacles that you have to overcome and win. Don’t fall for the pretty and easy look of the game, because it will get challenging as you go ahead. It is pretty simple until you reach the 30th level. So, think that it is a lame game because in the end, this very game is going to get you so addicted that you’d hardly be able to keep your fingers off this game!

It started on Facebook and soon made its entry into smartphones, thus becoming an inseparable part of many people’s lives. It’s a great game, but at the same time, it could be a reason for your frustration. Surprised? Well, frustration arises when we’re stuck at some level, which we aren’t able to surpass, and this ends up in us giving up and uninstalling the game. Been there and done that, have you? Don’t give up yet, just try these few simple tricks and cheats.

✦ You get a striped candy if you match 4 candies together. If you make a horizontal move, the candy will have horizontal stripes, which shows that it will clear the horizontal line. The same applies for vertical lines. Also, remember that matching two striped candies will clear all the candies in that cross. So, plan beforehand, and it will help you clear the level with ease.

✦ If you match candies in an L-shape or a T-shape, you get a candy wrapped in plastic. If you match it with similar-colored candies, it will clear up the space around. It is very useful in levels where you have to clear jellies. Matching two packet candies will crush many candies around.

✱ Swap a striped candy with a packet candy to destroy three rows and columns.

✦ A color bomb that looks like a donut is the result of matching five candies together. If you swipe it with a candy, it will remove all the candies of that color. This color bomb can be swiped with striped or packet candies to destroy more. If you get two color bombs beside each other, you can clear up the whole game board by swapping both.

✦ In some levels, a jelly fish comes to your aid. In the early stages, if you have moves pending and the level is over, you see a fish or other helpers. But, in the later stages, you’ll get fish to use as you want. Remember to keep these fish till the end, because they will clear up jellies where it has been impossible for you.

Unlimited Lives
Get free, unlimited lives by manipulating your phone’s setting. Waiting for lives is like a huge test of patience for addicts. When you’ve no lives left, close the app and go to the date and time settings of your phone. Turn off the setting where the time and date is automatically set. Now, go and set the time and date that is ahead of the current time. Return to the game app, and you’ll see all your lives are back!

Tip: You might see a warning saying it is incorrect if you start playing immediately. Here’s an advice for the same. Don’t start playing. Instead go the ‘settings’ option and set it to an automatic update so that the current time and date will get updated. Now, you can open the game and play for all the five lives. You can do this as many times as you want. Cool, right?

✱ If you’re playing on Facebook, you can open multiple tabs of Candy Crush at the same time. This won’t ever make you wait for the lives.

Take help only when needed
There is always a struggle to get extra lives, and you sure are happy when your friends send lives to you. But do remember that you have only a maximum of 5 lives. When you start the game and you get all your requests, do not accept lives when you already have 5; they’ll go waste, so just close the window. In the mobile version, you can see an envelope sign where all your notifications are stored. On Facebook, you can refresh the page to get the notification page back.

Follow your instincts
You must have seen the candies flashing (a hint for the next move) when you don’t make a move for some time. You don’t need to trust that always. Just go with your instinct!

Fight the Foes First!
✦ If it is a jelly level, start with clearing jellies at the edges, because it is going to be difficult later.

✦ If it is chocolate or bombs, concentrate on them first. Or you will lose in spite of having many moves left. This is the only time where you can get frustrated over a chocolate.

Tip: Chocolate will be generated to block your way. But, it will stop generating later if destroyed in the earlier round. So destroy it in all your moves to keep it away. Sadly, in the later levels, there is a chocolate generator. But till then, you can use this tip.

✦ If it is an ingredient level, make sure the ingredients reach the exit at the bottom. Sometimes, you might be forced to move an ingredient in a column where there is no exit down. Except that, try not to do so.

Don’t let Candy Crush win!
Candy Crush can be a notorious games at times, and may not accept the last jelly crushed in the last move. Hence, always think that you have one move less and then play the game.

Beat the timer
If it is a timer level, remember that +5 candies will help you get to the desired score. So, match as many as possible.

Reshuffling Candies
When you start a level, you know if it’s going to be hard or easy. You can reshuffle the candies without losing anything. This tip is for all those playing on their phones. When the level starts and before you make a move, press the exit button. When you go back to that level, you’ll see the reshuffled candies.

The pink bow
You may have noticed a pink bow on some levels. This indicates that some Facebook friend has given you a gift of +3 moves for it. If you’re playing it on the phone, the extra moves are added up directly, but if you’re playing it on Facebook, click on the +3 option before starting the game. The extra moves will only be available for that particular level, so use it. Who knows, you might just gain from it!

Thrilling Minute to Win It Game

Games for Kids
These games are a fun way to encourage the sporting spirit in youngsters. It helps them take up challenges in a positive spirit and try to win for fun.
Baby Blocking
In this game, the contestant has to balance a plate on his head and stack about 5 children’s building blocks on it. The stack needs to be balanced without falling for 3 seconds to win.

The participant has to stack three golf balls vertically on the table and they have to remain upright for 3 consecutive seconds to win.

The contestants are provided with half-full bottles of water. The challenge is for the participant to throw the bottle underarm and it should land upright about 5 feet away. Every participant is given ten attempts to complete the challenge successfully.

The contestant has to bounce a ping-pong ball onto a piece of bread. What is the challenge? The bread is covered with peanut butter and placed on a platform that is about 15 feet away. And, just bouncing the ball is not enough, the ball needs to stick on the bread.
Suck It Up
The participant has to suck up M&M’s using only a flexible straw and transport them onto two or four flexible straws which have been arranged vertically. To win, at least one M&M candy needs to be balanced at the end of the minute.

Cooked pasta pieces are kept in a bowl, an empty bowl is placed on the side and the contestants are given an uncooked spaghetti strand. In under a minute, the contestant needs to transfer 6 pieces of pasta using only the spaghetti which is held in the mouth. The contestant should be careful and avoid using hands, or it will result in a foul. Also, if the uncooked spaghetti strand breaks, the game is lost.
Candy Cane Collection
On a table, arrange a stack of candy canes (as many contestants as there will be) and a basket next to each stack. The contestants have to transfer as many candy canes as they can into the basket, within a minute. The hitch is that they cannot use their hands and must only use a candy cane to transfer the other candy canes. The person who manages to transfer the maximum number, wins.
Let’s Can It
Use a tub and fill it with water, then place a plastic plate in it. The challenge is to stack 5 aluminum cans on the plate in under a minute. The plate has no solid base because of the water and that’s what adds to the challenge.

The contestants have to place a Popsicle stick or a ruler into their mouth and stack 5 dice one on top of the other under a minute. The dice have to be balanced for 3 seconds at least.
Bag it
Place 5 bags of varying heights are on the ground for each contestant participating in the game. Using their mouths, the contestants have to transfer the bags from the ground to the table that is placed some distance away. The rule is that they cannot use their hands and cannot bend on all fours to retrieve the bags.
Note: There are high chances of the participants tripping in this game. Make sure that you take the necessary precautions.
Games for Adults
These Minute to Win It games help create some interest during a boring office party and can be used as a team-building game. They are great ice breakers as well.
Bobble Head
The contestant needs to wear a pedometer on the head using a headband. Then, he/she is supposed to get a minimum of 125 head jerks in one minute.

A yo-yo is tied to the waist of the contestant. Using this yo-yo, the contestant is supposed to knock down four empty soda cans which have been arranged at different levels from the ground.

This is an interesting Minute to Win It game idea where the contestant runs a thread through the eye of not one, not four, but ten needles. The challenge is that each eye is smaller than the previous eye of the needle.
Chop Stack
This is a stacking challenge, where the contestant stacks four lip balm containers on each other. The challenge is to stack the lip balms over a pair of chopsticks. The tower should stay in place for about 3 seconds to win the challenge.

In this challenge, the contestant carries two eggs on inverted plates from point A to point B, which are 15 feet apart. If the egg drops, the contestant loses the challenge.

In under a minute, the contestant needs to pull out all the 160 tissues in a tissue box using just one hand.
Ball Cap
This game requires the contestant to drop golf balls on the top of glass soda bottles. The challenge is to displace the upside down bottle caps placed on top of each bottle within a minute.

A jumping game, where an empty box of tissues is tied to the back of the contestant’s belt. This box is filled with 8 tennis balls and the contestant has to jump or wriggle to get the tennis balls out. Using of hands is not allowed. One can use this game as a competition between players of different teams. Even if one is not able to get all the 8 balls out, the player with the least tennis balls left in the box, wins.
This Blows
10 plastic cups are turned upside down and placed in a row on the table. The participants have to use only a straw and blow the plastic cups off the table. The contestant who manages to move all the cups off the table, wins. Or, the participant that manages the maximum cups in under a minute, wins.
Cookie Stack
Stock up on the thickest cookies that you can find and keep them on a table within easy reach. The contestants have to stack 10 cookies one on top of the other on their forehead in under a minute. If the cookies fall, they have to start all over again.
The kind of fun you can have playing these games is simply incomparable. So what we suggest you do is throw a party, call all your friends over and have a marathon Minute to Win It games special. You will love the rush. That we promise.

Party Games

Organizing games for a dinner party is a popular way of enjoying it to the fullest. Sometimes, games are played before dinner is served, while in some cases, these are arranged after having the dinner.

Definitely, games are not the central event of this party, so organizing them rightly while considering the time is essential. Well, making a simple party extremely eventful and memorable for everyone is easy with some fun-filled games.

Find the Match

You need a few plain or ‘Hello’ stickers for this game. Make a list of famous couples and write them randomly on the stickers. As the guests arrive or when you start to play the game, one must go and start sticking a sticker on each guest’s back. Once this is done, you have to say ‘Start finding your match’. Now all the guests will mingle and try to find their match to form the right couple. Instead of famous couples you can have interesting variations in the games. Like a pair of office supplies, name of author and books, name of artist and work of art, player’s name and his/her team name, and much more.

Message Plates

Take small pieces of cardboard paper. Start by writing a phrase or a simple statement on each piece. Place one below each guest’s plate. Make sure that it is an unusual statement. Such as, ‘I was abducted a week back’. When all arrive at the table, ask them to read the note that is placed below their plate. This must be kept a secret and hence, should not be read aloud. Ask them to memorize it well. Now, the game starts with a conversation. During this, they have to try to slip this phrase into the conversation. Well, the trick is that no one must realize that you have slipped this odd phrase in-between. If someone states their phrase and someone realizes it, the person who realized must point out and tell the phrase. If it is right the guest who is caught is out of the game. Those who use the phrase, which no one realizes are winners.

Guess the Spice

You need at least 10 different spices, each one in a separate plastic container for the game. The containers should be covered with white paper if they show the name. Also, there must be 3 – 4 small holes on the lid so that guests can smell the spice. Number the spices from 1 to 10. Give a paper to each guest. Start passing the spices. When each one gets a spice bottle he/she can smell it and write down its number and name on the paper. Then comes the next spice, again each guest will guess and write down the name in front of the spice’s number. When all the spices have been passed it is time to count the scores. Get the sheets and check who has maximum correct answers. This person wins the game.

Don’t Cross Legs

This is one of the fun-filled games for kids and adults where each player is waiting for other people to do a mistake. Give each one a napkin. As soon as anyone crosses the legs, the one who caught him, will get his/her napkin. Now, if a person having more than one napkin crosses legs, he/she will lose all the napkins to one who caught him/her. At the end, the one who has maximum napkins wins the game. Well, most of us have the habit of crossing legs while sitting and even while standing so this is surely going to be a fun party game!

These games will surely add an excitement element to the occasion. Think over, and try out various adaptations in these games that can be even more interesting to play. There are a number of games that you can opt for and make your party an enjoyable event.

playing latest games over the secured portals

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One can easily gain good experience in playing the online games can start looking for the live games that are free and enjoy sharing the scores with other gamers. This is not just passing time, but a fun filled aspect that allows people to enjoy new games every day. The majority of the online portals always provide games that comfort people and even add latest games to the list in order to fill the players with happiness.

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Online Games Have Became The New Hobbies

With the rise of the new generations more and more people are getting used to the idea of having a computer in their lives and with the internet there isn’t something that you can’t find there, but the big addictions is in the online games.

The online games are very fun to play, but if you are not to careful then there comes the addiction which you think that you do not have, but still you play an online game for 3-4 hours. Recently a new online game was released on the market and if you are a fan of the online games then you have probably played it. is the game that has taken so many hours from our lives, but the sad part is that we let that happen.

My study

In the past several months I have worked hard on a college project about the average hobbies from an average person. Like i mentioned in the short description I have asked almost 1000 people in my hometown and the results that came out where surprising to me because I have never seen before so much people in one town playing one game is a game from a young developer team from Brazil who apparently didn’t know what they were doing when they made this game and now with the skins it will be worse for the people who are putting this game as their hobby in their free time.

How can you be addicted from an online game

Most people who play online games are not aware that they are addicted to online games they just still think that spending several hours playing online games is fun, but the truth is that you are so lost in that game that your reality becomes the same as the game. Not all of the games how you play are addictive the ones that you should be careful when you play are the online games who don’t have an ending like that game last as much as you want it to last and now with the skins it is going to be worse for the players of this game.

Look people live is just too precious to be spend on the computer, I know that the computer is a necessary thing these days, but only used it when you need to learn something that can improve you as a person online games can’t do that, online games can’t get you a girlfriend/boyfriend you have to do that unfortunately.

Selecting Best Game

This is the age of smart phones, tablets and laptops. Any average person with sufficient income can not keep himself or herself away from these gadgets. So, whoever uses these devices for any reason would be playing the games on it, mostly on smartphones and tablets.
Playing a game on your mobile or tablet isn’t that bad or good either. We will not go into that serious discussions. I only think that games should for relaxing your mind, pass your time and make some fun out of stressed life. That’s why selecting right game for you will be that crucial.
So coming now to main topic how to selecting best suitable game for self. Once you are on Google play or iTunes store don’t hop in to top games in the list. At any day this would be a easy choice to select any game from top 10 or top 20 games. But what if the game from the list is not of your choice. So first ask your self and understand what you like, for example racing, action, casual or brain games and many more. There are lot of options of game category. Here I am listing our some of most popular categories of games.

  • Action
  • Arcade
  • Card
  • Casual
  • Brain or puzzle
  • Building
  • Endless Run
  • Movie Inspired
  • Music/ Musical Instrument related
  • Racing
  • Shooting
  • Simulation
  • Sports
  • Words
  • Zombie

Once you know the category of game you want, you will get list of top games in the category. Check the total no. of downloads and average review score for that perticular game. Also check user review of selected game.

This is not the end, I will tell one of the interesting part of games before you download them on your devices. We all now aware of our device RAM and its processor speed. It is very important paramater when you want to play high speed action games. If you select a heavy game with lot of graphics and more than 500 MB download size, then you must need to check your device limit. Slow processor speed and low RAM can ruin your gaming experince. Your phone may frequently hang while you are playing this game and you end up cursing either your device or game developer. This simply means your phone does not support to your device. Since we can not change our for a single game then its bit easy to select right game. Even I follow this simple rule whenever I wanted to download any hifi action or racing game. While doing so I do check the download size of the game and decide.

If you follow above given some reccomendations then it will be very easy for you to select best game in that category and best suitable for your device too. One can chose more than one category to enhance their game experience and fun level

Free Nintendo DS Games

Hey guys, sorry but I’m not much of a writer so I’ll get straight to the point. Is it possible to get Free Nintendo Games? Hell yeah it is. If you can follow a set of instructions, you can land your hands on the latest DS games free.  And yes I said it, The Latest. I’m not taking some old Japanese downloads which may even expose you to some viruses or even risk getting you arrested. I will show you a legal and easy way to get original, full version titles. The unfortunate part though is you have to be from the US or Canada and over 13.

You can go to for instructions with screenshots or just follow the below steps if they don’t confuse you.

Step one; register a free e-mail address like Gmail – why? To avoid getting unwanted e-mails to your everyday inbox. I do suggest you save these e-mails though in case you need them for future reference.

Step Two; Register a free account with and choose “Any Nintendo DS Game with Overnight Shipping!”

Step three; Complete a few free surveys till you get 1.5 credits. I think I would be breaking the rules if I tell which ones are quick and easy but I’ll just tell which ones I completed..LOL. What you do with that info is up to you. I cant put pix here so I posted Screen shots on my site ( or you can ignore mine and go directly to choose your own.

Step four; Invite a friend to get some games too. 1 friend = 1 game. You only complete the surveys once but you can invite a million and 1 people to get your free games.

Step five: Choose your favourite title out of all the DS games ever made and have it shipped over night.

These people are quick and reliable. Just to name a few in my collection, Brain Training, The whole Mario DS suit, Advance wars, Cooking Mama, Need for speed, Pokémon collection, Grand theft auto… I hate to brag but the list goes on.

Now its important that I’m straight with you as to why I am doing this. Nope, I’m not getting paid to do this, I don’t work for these people BUT, I’m a heavy gamer and I need my free DS games. On average I get 25 games a week from these people. Now I don’t have 25 friends which I invite every week and I don’t care how popular you are, neither do you. But I have an easy way to invite fellow gamers who also get tons of free Nintendo games in return. I am willing to show you how, but only if you are serious. So once you have registered your account and done the free surveys, just send me an e-mail to sam@loudmouthsam.comwith the e-mail you used to register for your free DS games. No, I’m not going to charge you for this but I guarantee you it will get you tons of free games without even having to invite you own friends.

Xbox 360 Video Games

Video games, like movies, are largely franchise based—if a game does good it will likely be rewarded with a sequel. Some games are created with the intention of a sequel (or in the case of Mass Effect, a trilogy) and some sequels are made in large part to satisfy gamers clamoring for a new one, and really, why would the developers deny them when it is essentially, easy cash. Good sequels are ones that build off the original and create something altogether new, not just rehash old ideas and throw in a new multiplayer mode. Two of the most anticipated games of 2010 in my list are sequels and one of a game that, if it succeeds commercially and critically, is almost guaranteed a sequel of its own.

 1) Bioshock 2

The first Bioshock was a rarity for games of this generation—it had only a single player campaign, albeit a lengthy one with an engrossing story, but no multiplayer. The sequel to the critically loved Bioshock is getting multiplayer and it’s changing the perspective of the gamer from mysterious human to mechanical Big Daddy. In the first game the Big Daddies, with their high tech machinery and impenetrable body kitswere your enemies so it will be interesting to see how the story plays out when you are in their shoes. The multiplayer has been the object of some derision, with fans saying it looks tacked on to appease the multiplayer hoards but only time will tell how the story and experience holds up against the hard-to-beat original.

 2) Mass Effect 2

Planned as a trilogy and developed by one of the smartest game developers working today, Bioware’s Mass Effect 2 has all the makings of an “Empire Strikes Back” middle-movie-of-a-trilogy sequel. If you asked me, “Empire Strikes Back” was my favorite of the trilogy so I have high hopes that Bioware is using that film as a model for their follow-up—I’m talking more action and more characters and everything bigger and better. The first game was hampered a little by somewhat wonky controls but word is that they have taken gamers’ complaints to heart and tweaked them to make them more workable.

 3) Alan Wake

This mysterious title by Remedy Entertainment, the developers of the popular Max Payne series, has been gaining more and more buzz as word slowly leaks out. Word is that it is a psychological thriller influenced by one of my all-time favorite TV shows, “Twin Peaks” as well as “Lost” and the works of author Stephen King. There haven’t been too many survival-horror games on the Xbox 360 besides the Condemned series and Resident Evil 4, so Alan Wake sounds extremely promising. Lets just hope it actually comes out next year.