Games.com is a site full of web based games for internet users. The homepage includes a handful of featured games while a list of categories at the top of the page gives the user access to additional titles. Category listings include card and board games, puzzle games, arcade and sports games, free games, word games and casino games. The user can also access cash games and the Games.com blog. The game profile page provides the user with a screenshot as well as the game title, a description, number of online players, social network sharing tools, rating level, genre and whether the user is free to play and multi-player or single player. The user can also access links to available rooms, each listed with the number of users currently playing.
Games.com was introduced in 2011 by AOL Games. The website was intended to provide users with a collection of fun online entertainment that included free as well as paid titles. Games.com is a part of the main AOL website dedicated to web based entertainment. The site currently contains a variety of titles with themes that are popular among internet players, however it has not received significant popularity from the gaming community.
Each web based game website stands out because of the titles it contains. Games.com offers users a number of titles, although most of these seem to feature rather bland and common themes and titles. The style seems geared more towards a mature audience, and lacks some of the variety offered by other similar websites. Users can easily find and join classic style games on Games.com, however it doesn’t offer anything cutting edge or notably unique in its title listings.
Navigating Games.com is very easy for internet users of all experience levels. The homepage is kept very clean, with a white background and well-spaced game images and icons. There are a few advertisements scattered throughout but these are kept tucked into the sides and do not interrupt the user’s ability to find and play games. A prominently displayed search bar lets the user seek out specific titles while the categories are accessible right at the top of the homepage. The design is very user friendly and lets any visitor quickly find what they want to play.
A new user can join AOL’s Games.com community by clicking the small blue “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box appears and invites the user to sign in with an existing AOL, AIM, Facebook, Google or Yahoo account. Users who do not have one of those accounts can click the slate blue “Sign Up for a Free Account” link to create a new AOL account. The first part of the AOL registration form requires a first and last name, username and password. The second part asks for a date of birth, gender, zip code, security question and optional mobile phone number. The last step requires the user to enter a Captcha code. The user is automatically logged in after completing registration.
Visitors can join the Games.com community for free. There are no subscription fees and the user is not required to make any game purchases to maintain account access. Many of the games listed on the site are also free. The user can sign up for the Games.com Download Club. The club costs $6.99 per month and includes one free game of the user’s choice, the ability to own games for life, $5 in Download Club game discounts and a 30 day free trial.
Games.com offers internet users a place to pass the time playing classic and popular web based games. A majority of the games seem geared towards teens and adults, however younger children may find a thing or two to do for an afternoon. Access is mostly free and the user can return and play as often as they like. Users can also play games to win cash prizes.