Best Computer Games To Play


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Introduction:

Computer Games

There was a time when computer games were considered nothing more than a waste of time. But these days, there is growing evidence that they can be good for you. Some computer games may even help improve your cognitive skills.

Computer games have been around for a long time. But it is only recently that scientists have begun taking an active interest in them, looking at how they might be used to enhance our cognitive abilities. In the past five years, a growing number of studies has shown that computer games may offer a simple way of improving mental function and brain structure in older people, while other research suggests that some types of the game could even enhance the thinking skills required for everyday activities such as driving or understanding other people’s emotions. These findings raise the prospect that playing computer games could make us smarter – perhaps even helping us to stave off the mental decline associated with conditions such as dementia.

Sonic Mania:

Computer Games

Sonic Mania is a video game that takes the speed and feels of the original Sonic The Hedgehog trilogy and combines it with levels from later games in the series. The graphics are modernized, having cell-shaded polygons rather than sprites, but maintain a similar art style to the originals. Enemies have been updated as well, giving them a “comic book” look to match their in-game appearance, along with some being completely redesigned. New stages have been created for this title, all of which follow the same surreal feeling from when Sonic traveled into alternate dimensions in past games. Some returning stages have also been remade for this installment or changed significantly enough to feel fresh yet familiar at the same time. In addition to all these features, a new “drop dash” move is introduced. This allows Sonic to stop his momentum and travel back in the direction he came from by pressing jump again, allowing for speedier movement and better platforming.

Monument Valley 2:

Monument Valley 2 is an adventure puzzle game that builds upon its predecessor’s foundation of optical illusions and impossible geometry. The player controls Ida as she traverses through Escher-like puzzles which require the player to manipulate perspectives to create pathways for her to traverse. As with Monument Valley, Mevius Final Fantasy composer, Kenji Ito, composed the score for this title; however rather than having an entirely acoustic instrumental soundtrack like the first installment, tracks within Monument Valley 2 are fully orchestrated with cellos playing important themes, such as one that would typically be heard in a boss fight. While Monument Valley has been praised for its calm and soothing atmosphere, Monument Valley 2’s soundtrack provides more tension, which is fitting given the number of threats present throughout the game.

Monument Valley 2 features 30 levels split between 4 different chapters: Roots, Stones, Skies, and Lights. Each chapter focuses on a different area theme and has unique mechanics associated with them: Roots has movable rooms; Stones lets players change perspective; Skies lets players fly, and Lights gives each stage an added color palette. The total play-time required to beat all four chapters is around 3 hours or less depending on how challenging the player rates each level. This makes it much shorter than its predecessor (Monument Valley was estimated to take around 6-7 hours) but much less repetitive since the focus is more on quality than quantity.

Monument Valley 2 received countless awards and nominations, including winners for Excellence in Visual Art (IGF), Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (DICE Awards), Best Handheld Game (Game Critics Awards), and many others. It has also received praise from numerous sources such as Polygon, Hardcore Gamer, Pocket Gamer, Venture Beat, etc. Monument Valley 2 is currently available for iOS devices ranging from $6.99-$9.99, while the Steam version costs $4.99.

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