Developer: Nitrome
Platform: Flash
Release Date: 8/5/11
Link: http://www.kongregate.com/games/Nitrome/steamlands

     Ah, Steampunk. You never fail to amaze me with your fancy British accents, weird technology and amazing top hats. I wouldn't go as far as to call myself a fan, but I'm interested enough that I was intrigued by a flash game called Steamlands when I came across it.
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     In Steamlands, your goal is to survive in a brutal European wasteland shortly after the "Great War". The wasteland is inhabited by pirates who cruise around in massive tanks, and in order to survive against them you'll have to pick up spare parts and build a tank of your own.
 
 
Developer: Firaxis
Platform: Facebook
Release Date: 7/6/11
Link: http://apps.facebook.com/civworld

     Oh, snap. It's finally happened. Ladies and gentlemen, the social media game has just taken a major step toward taking over the world - not just by absorbing all the time you're supposed to be spending doing more important stuff, but actively encouraging you and your friends to take over the planet.
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     CivWorld is a Facebook version of Sid Meyers' Civilization, a long-running PC franchise where your goal is to build an empire and take over the world. Now, I'm not a big fan of most Facebook games, since most of them are too busy hawking virtual currencies and making you hold your friends at gunpoint to visit your farm to deliver a decent game. In fact, I'd started to give up hope that a good Facebook game could exist since so few can overcome these problems.

     But suddenly a ray of light emerged from my computer screen, and an angel delivered to me a stone tablet with the URL you see above. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration. But it may as well have happened that way, because CivWorld is a glorious example of casual gaming at its best.
 
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