We do a lot of regular research into online games. Here's what we've found interesting lately.
2d puzzles solved by flipping colors. We liked the dark humor and music in this one.
The illustrations & animations are crazy fun, but the gameplay is kind of frustrating.
Mine astroids, set up automated defense systems, manage energy grids and raw materials. This game of systems management and planning is a really addictive experience.
A brief note on the ecosystem of small online games. There is a ton of great games out there, unfortunately a lot of sites hosting these games are supported by a hodgepodge of distracting banner ads. I'm sure this will change over time as successful funding models emerge and audiences grow.
I've been going back through my Delicious site lately, looking for patterns. Here are some favorites that I almost forgot about. Images link back to the sites for maximum viewing pleasure.
The map of the LA system (left) is just one cross bar from a yen: ¥. I was a little surprised NYC (right) was not relatively larger. London's is huge, and Moscow's looks like the eye of Sauron emanating evil.