The semester is winding down. You’re almost done with all of your classes; all you have left is that huge group project, that silly 25-page research paper, that other final project, four more papers… oh yeah, and five finals on top of it all. Wait, and you’re supposed to put out an entire magazine? That’s ridiculous.
Not to mention, Finals Week is a week of no classes and weird scheduling… which means more free time. There’s obviously only one solution to deal with all the stress and time you’ve just been dealt. Online games.
No one wants to admit it, but we all do it. Who doesn’t love a game of Tetris during a lecture? And come on, we were all raised on that Solitaire. We’re digital natives—we live for this shit.
So here are my top 5 suggestions for games to play this semester during finals week. You might not be making any dean’s list, or getting any A’s… but you can at least print off your high score and hang THAT on your mini-fridge.
1. Woobies — These little guys got me through finals, Fall 2010. This game, which is a more adorable version of Snood, you fire little Woobies at Woobies of the same color for them to be “rescued.” Not only is this a positive message of optimism—no one gets killed, only rescued!—but also they get really cute sunglasses as you move up in levels.
2. Icy Tower — Yes, the game that dominated your life is middle school is back. And no, it’s no longer an elaborate virus that’s going to ruin every computer in the world (I’m sorry again, Dad… and Mrs. Smith, the lady that did computers in my middle school library). Instead, Harold the Homeboy has networked his way onto Facebook, so that when you pass your Facebook friends it lets you know because, let’s be honest: there’s nothing better than knowing that your friend is procrastinating too… and you happen to be kicking their ass at it.
3. Sporcle — The appeal of Sporcle is that you can totally convince yourself that you’re doing something worthwhile because these games are “mentally stimulating.” While this may be true, the downfall is that chances are, none of your finals will ask you to name every character in Harry Potter or the 50 States. And before you ask, it’s Missouri you’re forgetting. You’re welcome.
4. Pick-the-Perp — This game is especially great for all 4,000 of my friends that are currently enrolled in Legal Environment of Business (I’m sure you’ve seen them around… no, those giant, spiral-bound books aren’t some cult preaching). This game names a crime and shows a line up of five mug shots and you get to pick which Perp did the crime. I’m not sure what this actually teaches you; except that even though that one lady really, really looks like she’s on Coke that doesn’t mean that she was charged with Possession of Cocaine. That, and you’re probably a little racist.
5. The Wiki Game — Ah, Wikipedia… chances are, you’re probably spending quite sometime in this forbidden land anyway (sorry, Cathy Michael), so you might as well have some fun while you’re doing it, right? This game functions kind of like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon; essentially, the site gives you an two Wikipedia articles and, in as few clicks as possible, you try to get from the first article to the second. Of course, there’s one fundamental rule to this game: never, ever cite it or use it in a blog. Wait… shit.