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Games - Kongregate
While the games Kongregate users rate highest changes often, usually the games at the very top of the pack have good staying power. These are some of the best games in every category.
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Toss the Turtle
Category: Action (http://www.kongregate.com/games/Foreverkul/toss-the-turtle)
Description: "Use cannons, jet packs and bombs to launch the turtle as far as possible!"
Mindless fun in the "launching animals" genre.
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Category: Shooter (http://www.kongregate.com/games/ArmorGames/upgrade-complete)
Description: "This game has crummy graphics… UNTIL YOU UPGRADE THE GRAPHICS ENGINE! And no sound? UNTIL YOU BUY IT IN THE SHOP! And no mute button!? You guessed it, this game requires you to buy that as well! In fact, nearly everything in this game requires you to buy and upgrade it first."
The attraction of "Upgrade Complete" isn't its gameplay at first, it's the unique hook of having to upgrade everything to get it to be a decent game. I've never gotten that far, but the comments agree that it's a great shooter.
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Category: Adventure & RPG (http://www.kongregate.com/games/ArmorGames/sonny-2)
Description: "Sonny 2 is a combat based RPG where you play as a Zombie, level up and gain items to advance to the next Zone."
There really aren't a lot of RPG elements to the Sonny series of games Kongregate hosts, but what there are is enough to classify Sonny 2 into this category. It's more of a hybrid shooter/RPG and as that, it's a lot of fun.
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Learn to Fly
Category: Sports & Racing (http://www.kongregate.com/games/light_bringer777/learn-to-fly)
Description: "Grab your rockets and glider to show the world a penguin can fly!"
A game with a great hook, you play a penguin who decides to prove to the world that penguins can indeed fly. Includes options to upgrade your practice equipment like ramps and gliders and rockets(?!).
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Platform Racing 2
Category: Multiplayer (http://www.kongregate.com/games/Jiggmin/platform-racing-2)
Description: "Create your own levels, and race online with friends."
The description says it all. If you enjoy multiplayer racing games, this is the grandaddy and still the best.
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Cursed Treasure: Don't Touch My Gems!
Category: Strategy & Defense (http://www.kongregate.com/games/IriySoft/cursed-treasure-dont-touch-my-gems)
Description: "Protect your gems from being stolen by “good" heroes in this tower defense game. Overlord, you have all the power of orcs, undead and demons."
One of the new kids on the block, Cursed Treasure added a cute twist to the tower defense (TD) genre: You're the bad guy! Well-crafted, it deserves its top rank.
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The Company of Myself
Category: Puzzle (http://www.kongregate.com/games/2DArray/the-company-of-myself)
Description: "This is a story about a hermit. It features art by Luka Marcetic and music by David Carney."
The Company of Myself is one of those games that makes you think. Well, you maybe, not me, because I can't get past the fourth level, which has a bunch of impossible platforms that I suspect you're supposed to use your infinite clones to assist you with. Yes, I said infinite clones, and yes, it makes sense. Kinda.
In any case, it's a lovely game, with good puzzles, thought-provoking narration, and well-drawn art. And it seems to inspire "Whoa, deep" comments.
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Music Catch 2
Category: Music & More (http://www.kongregate.com/games/Reflexive/music-catch-2)
Description: "Catch all the new shapes, patterns, motions and songs! The task is simple…the more shapes you collect, the more points you get. Yellow shapes still multiply your points, but what does the pulsing color shape do? Unlock new shapes, patterns and even the ability to play your own music as you go further and further into the musical world of Music Catch!"
Breathless descriptions aside, Music Catch 2 is probably one of the most soothing games Kongregate has. The entire game is designed to be smooth, colorful, and relaxing, its only challenge being to avoid the red notes. In spite of its simplicity, there is a place for soothing activity-type games, and this really is a decent choice to while away ten minutes, especially if you need to chill.