Many online casinos and gaming sites offer Skill Games. These are games that rely on the users skill rather than luck, as found in most casino games like slot machines, roulette, craps, etc. Skill games include the following:
- Board Games
- Card Games
- Puzzle Games
- Word Games
Arcade: Many Arcade-style Skill Games can be found, the most popular of which is probably Bejeweled and Bejeweled 2. These types of Skill Games are played with colored jewels or symbols that fall from the top of the screen to the bottom. As they are falling, the player can maneuver them into positions to create a line of 3 or more matching jewels. Points are accumulated based on the number of jewels or symbols the player is able to line up. When the stacks of jewels or symbols reach the top of the screen, the game is over.
Board Games: Board Games enter the Skill Gaming venue with titles like Backgammon, Chess and Cubis, where players compete against one another to determine the winner, sometimes in one-on-one fashion or in tournaments. Cubis, for example, is a very popular web-based Skill Game where players line up colored cubes to create matching rows of 3. Many players can participate in the competition. The player with the highest score at the end of each round wins.
Card Games: The next type of Skill Games are Card Games, like Spades, Free Cell and Solitaire. When playing these games on the internet, players compete against one another either in a table setting or a time-based competition. For example, Spades requires 4 players, 2 partners vs. 2 partners. Solitaire and Free Cell would be time based, allowing numerous opponents to compete for the fastest time.
Puzzles: Puzzle Games require immense skill and can be very exciting to those who enjoy them. Bejeweled, mentioned above in Arcade games, is also classified as a puzzle game as the player must put certain pieces together in the correct position in order to get collect points. SwapIt! is another great example of a popular puzzle game. SwapIt! presents a full board of colorful symbols where the player must swap one symbol with an adjacent symbol to create a line, either across, down or diagonal, of 3 matching symbols.
Word Games: Last we’ll look at Word Games, such as Lingo, Scrabble and Scrabble Cube. These skill games require great knowledge of the language in which they are played. Lingo, for example, gives the player(s) a 5-letter word with only the first letter revealed. From this, the must guess the entire word. Any letter of the guessed word that fits into the correct word will be revealed as a correct letter. If the letter fits into the exact spot of the correct and guessed word, it will be left in it’s place to help in guessing the correct word. Any letter that does appear, but is in the incorrect position, will be highlighted. Players continue guessing until the correct word is revealed.
Any gamer who enjoys a mental challenge will love the intrigue and excitement of web-based Skill Games.