Are there any other gaming websites that operate like shockwave, where you play a flat monthly fee and get to play all their games? I belong to big fish also but the $6.99 only gets you one game a month and gamehouse and iwin do the same thing. Are there other sites out there like shockwave?
That is a very good question!!! I would love to know that also. Well there is Gamehouse but you have to pay $19.95 a month then there is Pogo where you pay $5.99 a month but those are the only ones I know. Oh and there is Boxerjam where you pay a monthly fee and you play games also, like Crosswire and Dingbats. But those are the only sites I know of. I wish I knew more.
I have or have had I think every gaming subscription deal. here are my opinions on them--
Gamehouse: Atrocious customer service. Well, actually NO customer service. I was a paying member of their club for over a year when they went to the newest gameclub deal. After they did that, I evaluated it and decided that I did not want to be a full-time member and paying every single month, and I tried to cancel. It did not allow me to cancel at that point on the site, and I shot off an email to customer service that was very clear in my disappointment and feeling that as a long-term customer I was being ignored. Didn't work, since they ignored me after that for a very long time. Finally I *think* I was able to cancel a couple weeks ago. I would not go back to them now for anything.
Shockwave: I quit shockwave after being with them for a long while, and I went to Gamehouse instead. At that time, which again was about 1-1/2 years ago, Shockwave seemed to be releasing a lot of crap every Tuesday and sometimes were late on their releases too. I waited it out for about 6 months, found Gamehouse, which looked good, and canceled shockwave. I never had a problem with Shockwave except for a lack of games that I really wanted. I think that lately they've done better with that. Their customer service I can't really comment on becuase I've never needed it or used it. I will say that my account was extremely easy to handle to sign up, manage, and eventually cancel, which means a lot. I've been looking at them again lately to maybe re-think.
I have a iWin membership that I'm disappointed in, but only because I seldom use their site. I feel that it's kind of unwieldy and their gameloader/interface is really slow. It's cheapish--based not on a subscription service like SW or GH, but for I think 6.99/month, I get a certain amount of their tokens, usually enough to buy a game. I believe they're also like Big Fish in that I can buy as many as I want a month at hte same price. I am disappointed in that I am under a contract and cannot cancel for at least a year. Thus far I just keep letting the forced tokens add up and check it once in a while--i really have not used it much.
PlayFirst--I have about the same thing, for a set monthly fee (I think it's 9.99), I get a game credit basically. The thing about PF and the reason I decided to sign up despite having a zillion other services is that they release certain games exclusively for a while, such as Wandering Willows, Westward, etc. I may not use it often, but for their original games like that, I almost always love them. They are always high quality, so I guess I don't mind it. Again, though, it's more of a once in a while thing.
Now the two that I have found are my favorites:
Big Fish--there have been some debates about them I know, but I definitely use them more than any other. I like that the games are always mine. I figured it up for the differences in the subscription service of GameHouse, which as you said was around $20/month. It's great to have that many games at once, but now I can't access any of the ones that I got from them, despite the fact that I'm sure my payments more than covered the costs of the games based on their current plan. To pay BF $20/month, I can get around 3 games, that will be mine, forever and forever, and I can always cancel. Since I do use them a lot, I keep my "membership" which just means that I get an automatic withdraw from PayPal for $6.99/month. Sometimes they pile up, but more often I spend the token and buy a couple more. I love that there is at least one new game released daily, and sometimes more--as a member I get the "tomorrow game" along with the "exclusive games."
When I first go my laptop, which is a Gateway, it came with a Gateway games console already downloaded. It works with Wild Coins, and at first I got a subscription service where some number of coins were downloaded. The way it works is that each game takes around 3-4 tokens. I kept the subscription and earned up to I think 400 coins and I am still playing them. I like this subscription because once in a while they have quality games. I hate the stupid games that are tied in with a movie--never good quality--and they do have those quite a bit, but there are usually a few really great ones in there too. I use it for games that I know I won't play over and over, such as if a game on here has a great review but the users/GZ say that it's short. I'm not usually one to replay games. I think I still have around 290. The first "trial" that you download of the games is great too--it's not timed. So you get to play your trial as long as you want--I just sometimes do not get enough out of the 60-minute trials if I'm distracted or if they're very slow to start, so that's worth a lot too.
Whew. I waste way too much money on this crap... lol but there ya go--my little reviews. I say that BF is the way to go. If I could cancel everything, I'd keep BF and probably my PlayFirst.
I have also played GameTap, which downloads all the older console and PC games that typically came either in things like the Nintendo or even Atari, and other PC games that were NOT intended for casual gaming like downloading. I was not happy with it. The games are just too large so the downloads took forever even with fast speed, and then they were pretty buggy.
Pogo used to have a nice online game section I used to get--I do love wordgames and for a while, their little online games like WordWhomp used to keep me entertained. I heard/read that they've had a shift from AOL, so I don't know if anything will have changed. I did not renew my subscription but I felt it was rather fair--around $30 a year. They have the advantage of having a large community so you could play with other people in games.
I used to love Pogo's Word Riot and then one day it just disappeared.
Scribble thanks so much for all the great information.
It looks like Pogo lost a lot of their games. I was trying to remember the one I was addicted to--it was the scrabble type game (but not scrabble--I hate their version of scrabble). It's not on there anymore either. :(
Doglekim, usually we have to wait until 9am Pacific time US on Tuesday to find out what they are. We always eagerly await their posting. Every once in a while they will say on their web site that they will release another on on Thursday. They may also list one that is coming soon. But it is really just a wait until Tuesday morning.
Scribble, check your Iwin account again. They changed it last month or so where there is no more commitment. I was to be finished my year in October or so, waited for one more debit after they changed to the no more commitment and canceled. No problem doing so, and they haven't charged me again. Maybe you can get out that way. IWin was ok, but lousy CS....took ages to get answers but finally got them so I would rate them better than GameHouse.
GameHouse FunPass is the same as Shockwave Unlimited -- you pay a flat monthly fee and you can download and play all the games you want. However, it's more expensive than Shockwave. GameHouse FunPass is $19.99/month. They used to have an annual payment option though, at only $9.99/month.
I'm on Shockwave Unlimited right now, but I'm also trying out GameHouse FunPass, since they have some games that aren't on Shockwave. Here are some games on GH not found on SW (some are coming soon):
10 Days To Save The World
Alabama Smith: Escape from Pompeii
Angela Young's Dream Adventure
Angela Young 2 - Escape the Dreamscape
Be A King
Becky Brogan - The Mystery of Meane Manor
Bob the Builder: Can-do Carnival
Bob the Builder: Can-do Zoo
Campfire Legends - The Hookman
Bookworm Adventures: Fractured Fairytales
Bookworm™ Adventures - The Monkey King
Diego Dinosaur Rescue
EcoRescue - Project Rainforest
Fairy Godmother Tycoon
Frankenstein The Dismembered Bride
G.H.O.S.T. Chronicles - Phantom of the Renaissance Faire
G.H.O.S.T. Hunters - The Haunting of Majesty Manor
Hidden World of Art
Hostile Makeover - A Fashion Murder Mystery Game
Kelly Green - Garden Queen
Keys to Manhattan
Legacy - World Adventure
Legends of the Wild West - Golden Hill
Lego Chic Boutique
Magic Academy II
Magic Farm: Ultimate Flower
Mae Q'West and the Sign of the Stars
Midnight Mysteries: Edgar Allan Poe
Mystery P.I. - Lost in Los Angeles
Nancy Drew® Dossier™ - Resorting to Danger
Nancy Drew - Phantom of Venice
Nancy Drew - Secret of the Scarlet Hand
Nancy Drew - The Creature of Kapu Cave
Nancy Drew - The Haunting of Castle Malloy
Nancy Drew - The Legend of the Crystal Skull
Night of the Scarecrows
Panda Craze Gold
Romance of Rome
Sally's Quick Clips
Scuba in Aruba
Sprill - The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
Sushi To Go Express
The History Channel - Lost Worlds
Three Cards to Midnight
World Mosaics 1
That's over 80 games on GameHouse which aren't on Shockwave. I'm subscribing for just one month (plus a 7-day free trial), and at the rate I play games, I'll probably get to finish quite a lot in that period of time! I figure although GameHouse FunPass is more expensive than Shockwave Unlimited, it's still cheaper than buying all these games individually at BigFish. So overall, quite a good deal for me.
Between Shockwave Unlimited and Big Fish, I've been able to find almost every game I want to play. Shockwave games are very current, Pure Hidden and Build-A-Lot 4 were released before Big Fish released them. Since I don't replay most games, I don't mind that they aren't mine forever. Big Fish has the Mystery Case Files and Hidden Expedition games, while Shockwave has Mortimer Beckett and the Little Shop series. Between the two, I play all the games I want.
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