Lately I’ve been playing a new web game called Ikariam. It’s a slow paced version of Civilization only you’re playing with thousands of other people.

I enjoy games like Civilization and SimCity. However they have a downside, they take too much time. I invetably get sucked in and play for hours at a time. While that may not be a problem when you have hours to waist, it doesn’t happen all that often for me. Enter Ikariam.

Two key features for Ikariam are the pace of gameplay and interacting with other players.

First the game forces you to take a break by causing things to happen over a long period of time. For example, if you build a building, it may take 4-8 hours to complete. During which it doesn’t do any good to sit around babysit. This means you can log on once or twice a day for 5-10 minutes and not worry about falling behind.

Start playing at: ikariam.com (Choose world Epsilon if you want to be on the same server as me.)

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