Abiding its strategy of integrating pretty much everything into itself, the Smart TV has a restricted selection of games, available as downloadable applications, for our playing pleasure.
Now, the times of downloading ‘Tekken Vs. Street Fighter’ or this years ‘Resident Evil’ directly to your Smart tv are some distance away certainly, which means you’ll yet require your PS3, Xbox or Wii for the time being. In addition, none of those games available (with the likely exception of the massively addictive ‘Angry Birds’) will equal the gaming skill already available on your consoles, but that doesn’t denote that the choice of games available in your TV come in any way incomplete. You will find simulation games, puzzle games, card games and lots more besides. Again, Smart TV is making huge improvements to the tried and true area of TV (as anybody who ever loved the old ‘Teletext’ games will attest).
One more much-maligned form of amusement regularly patrolled by ‘fun police’ is console games (see our first post for details). Which began with a simple misunderstanding, one stating that console games were exclusively for kids.
Now, this was not primarily accurate and it isn’t true nowadays, but there was a period where consoles and peripherals were principally aimed at children and young teenagers. Then naturally, the cultural watchdogs backlashed against gaming in much the same way they did against movies in the 70’s, music by the 60’s and comic books by the 50’s.
For our Hardcore gamer is aware implicitly that some games are created with adults at heart (these tend to be the ones that possess the title spelled out in blood, or the choices to disembowel hookers for additional points) while some are made for children (its a hint if nobody really tries to slay you over the sequence of the game and you can finish it in a matter of hours) just like movies, books and anything else it is possible to think of, everyone is catered for. The games you will find on your Smart TV are mostly pretty simple and the great thing about downloadable apps is, if you have any problem whatsoever with lurid game content available, then simply do not download it.
Right then, let’s take a look at some of those games you can download on your Smart TV (NOTE: Please do be aware that not all games are similar with all models, therefore the games discussed here are just a variety that I find interesting. In case you’re after a specific game for your Smart TV, ensure you purchase a TV that will be able to play it).
‘Texas Holdem’ is a poker sim that allows you to play games of virtual poker, either alongside the machine or your friends. As far as I know, no real money changes hands in TH, but it’s advisable to double check that before you bet your mortgage (even though you have a straight flush). Another game that’s great fun to experience with friends is ‘Dynamic Bowling’. DB is another simulation that permits you to, yep, you guessed it, go bowling. This game could be played alone or with mates. My guidance would be to practice in the home and dazzle your mates by bowling a perfect game. ‘Bejewelled 2’ is the sequel to that popular ‘Bejewelled’ a game title that has enthralled and addicted my own father for about three years now. Bejewelled (which I will not break down to initials for clear factors!) is addictive, stimulating, challenging and, above all, enjoyable.
So here you go. I’m certain that, as the months and years go on, an incredible many other gaming apps might be added to Smart TV’s options. Watch this space!