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Playing online games

I'm adding links and embedding games on our Using Computers at the International School of Central Switzerland Netvibes page, and decided to spotlight them here, too.

JigZone

First choose how many pieces you want in your puzzle, then choose the photo you want to turn into a puzzle, and then, of course, solve the puzzle!
Here's a 6 piece cat-picture puzzle I made - click on the arrow in the picture to work the puzzle:





Was that too easy? Try this 247 triangle-piece version:





Chess

Play chess against your computer at Chess.com, where the moto is "play. learn, share" You can play without logging into the site, if you don't want to save your game.
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 Jigsaw Planet

At Jigsaw Planet, you can easily create your own puzzle, and send it to a friend.  Here's one I made - use your arrow keys to rotate the pieces. Jigsaw Planet is an excellent site for elementary students - there are no advertisements, and you do not need to register on the site.  It will remember you by your computer's IP address.


Here's a link to the puzzle, if you want to play it on the Jigsaw Planet web page.




Tetris n-blox

Screen shot of Tetris n-Blox
"Here's how you play Tetris N-Blox.  Distinctively shaped pieces (called Tetriminos™) fall into a matrix where you need to arrange them so they form a complete horizontal line.  Once a line without gaps is created, it disappears and the blocks above fall down.  The more lines you create simultaneously, the more you score."
You'll  see links to other good, old fashioned computer games on the left, like Frogger, Pac-Man and Snake.

Sudoku
Screen shot of Sudoku
"Sudoku is a puzzle with a grid containing nine large blocks. Each block is divided into its own matrix of nine cells. The rules for solving Sudoku puzzles are very simple: each row, column and block must contain one of the numbers from "1" to "9". No number may appear more than once in any row, column, or block. When you’ve filled the entire grid, the puzzle is solved."

Othello 
Screen shot of Othello
"Reversi (also marketed by Pressman under the trade name Othello) is a board game involving abstract strategy and played by two players on a board with 8 rows and 8 columns and a set of distinct pieces for each side. Pieces typically are disks with a light and a dark face, each side belonging to one player. The player's goal is to have a majority of their colored pieces showing at the end of the game, turning over as many of their opponent's pieces as possible." (from Wikipedia)

This game page doesn't tell you how to play, but the rules and hints are on the Wikipedia page.

Backgammon
*Backgammon is a game for two players, played on a board consisting of twenty-four narrow triangles called points. The triangles alternate in color and are grouped into four quadrants of six triangles each. The quadrants are referred to as a player's home board and outer board, and the opponent's home board and outer board. The home and outer boards are separated from each other by a ridge down the center of the board called the bar." Read more about how to play on this page.
 There are instructions about playing the online version on the game page.

Friv

At the Friv page, you'll see 250 tiny squares, each a link to a game. As new games are created, the least played ones are dropped, so the selection is always changing.

Screen shot of Friv
The games are simple, and traditional computer type challenges.

All these games require that Java-Script be installed on your computer, and be supported by your web browsers, so that they  are be able to display the interactive games. If you need it, you can download it here.