They asked if I would check out their games and share my impressions. I am not an experienced MMO player; I've never even tried World of Warcraft.
Both games are free to play and are primarily text-based, with occasional still images to help set a mood. This may seem a bit dated, but it has some distinct advantages. There are no files to install. Both games run entirely in your web browser. The text-only interface allows your mind to fill in the blanks, and also the lack of the sound of explosions and automatic weapons allows your spouse to sleep. I did some testing and they both seem to run rather nicely on an iPad’s mobile browser.
I had an enjoyable afternoon trying out both games. They both have a lively social element. The primary interface for both is a combination e-mail inbox and chat window. They kind of reminded me of the old multi-user dungeons from back when the internet was new. I spent more time in Spy Battle 2165 than I did in Star Pirates. At the beginning of the game I was a fledgling spy, living in my mom’s basement. My chief adversaries were a rat and an appliance. This was the game trying to start me out slow. In time you do move on to larger adversaries. (Other real people … not larger rodents and appliances.) When I reached level three I was issued a knife and a martini!
Anyway, if you enjoy MMOs and want something a little different, please consider giving Spy Battle 2165 and Star Pirates a try. Even if not, please join me in thanking Snakehead Games for their support.