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Easy Games my dad could play

KingMooKingMoo Registered User regular
edited April 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Anyone know of some cool games that have the easiest of controls so my dad won't get frustrated and give up?

I'm talking easy like Beachhead controls easy. As a side note, he would probably like games that have him in a tank, battleship gunner seat, or bomber plane, etc....

Thanks

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    ElinElin Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Platform?

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    illiricaillirica Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The one that comes to my mind is "Heavy Weapon" on XBLA. You're in a little tank, it's 2-D, and controls are stupidly easy (easy enough for me, even). It's a little on the campy side, so if he's looking for serious, this isn't it, but if you just want simple, I'd give that one a try. It also has single-box multiplayer, so you can play too.

    Also, what systems are you looking for? Knowing what you've got available might help.

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    gearngearn __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2010
    iPad stuff

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    Canada_jezusCanada_jezus Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Katamari damacy? Its hella camp but fun. The controls take a liiitle getting used to but not much.

    edit: One of the zombie shooting games if you have a wii?

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    KingMooKingMoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    sorry... PC games only please

    oh, and probably won't like cartoony/flashy stuff with so much crazyness on the screen. his head might explode...

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    gearngearn __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2010
    chess

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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    It's not simple, but it does have a really easy learning curve: Civilization 4.

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    RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Ninja Gaiden

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    But in all seriousness, your dad wants to get into a straightforward flying game? HAWX is very simple to control and has LOADS of assistance options for new/bad flight "sim" players, and is absolutely an arcade style sim.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Portal. If I can play it, anyone with 2 fully functioning hands can.

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    gearngearn __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2010
    Portal is a bad choice because first of all FPS requires more spatial awareness that some people don't have in a game and second combine that with the mind bending portal mechanic and you have epic fail.

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    MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    So games that have a very simple premise/controls, or just games that don't require any sort of agility?

    If the latter then I'd look into any turn-based strategy game. Civ IV is probably top of the heap, and there's Total War, as long as he stays away from player-controlled battles. Heroes of Might and Magic, and Disciples are other good choices.

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    ElinElin Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    KingMooKingMoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    MindLib wrote: »
    So games that have a very simple premise/controls, or just games that don't require any sort of agility?

    If the latter then I'd look into any turn-based strategy game. Civ IV is probably top of the heap, and there's Total War, as long as he stays away from player-controlled battles. Heroes of Might and Magic, and Disciples are other good choices.

    problem is its a little bit of both. it needs to have a simple premise, controls, require very little hand-eye coordination. and a war theme would be nice.

    he enjoyed some kind of Luftwaffe game about 20 years ago where you set your bomber plane on course, turned on autopilot, and then you could switch between the gunner positions on the plane until you get to the bomb run location.

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    Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Monkey Island. Sam and Max.

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    DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    My dad is like that, he really likes the game "Chocolatier."

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    ueanuean Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    KingMoo wrote: »
    MindLib wrote: »
    So games that have a very simple premise/controls, or just games that don't require any sort of agility?

    If the latter then I'd look into any turn-based strategy game. Civ IV is probably top of the heap, and there's Total War, as long as he stays away from player-controlled battles. Heroes of Might and Magic, and Disciples are other good choices.

    problem is its a little bit of both. it needs to have a simple premise, controls, require very little hand-eye coordination. and a war theme would be nice.

    he enjoyed some kind of Luftwaffe game about 20 years ago where you set your bomber plane on course, turned on autopilot, and then you could switch between the gunner positions on the plane until you get to the bomb run location.

    This was Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe".

    Awesome game. I played the crap out of that, and just the way you said too :)

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    CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    gearn wrote: »
    Portal is a bad choice because first of all FPS requires more spatial awareness that some people don't have in a game and second combine that with the mind bending portal mechanic and you have epic fail.

    Yes, it's a terrible suggestion. It may be a good game, but would be a real mind-bender for a non-geek.

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    CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    MindLib wrote: »
    If the latter then I'd look into any turn-based strategy game. Civ IV is probably top of the heap, and there's Total War, as long as he stays away from player-controlled battles. Heroes of Might and Magic, and Disciples are other good choices.

    These games are ace, but extremely difficult and complicated for a non-geek.

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    PirateJonPirateJon Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    MindLib wrote: »
    If the latter then I'd look into any turn-based strategy game. Civ IV is probably top of the heap, and there's Total War, as long as he stays away from player-controlled battles. Heroes of Might and Magic, and Disciples are other good choices.

    These games are ace, but extremely difficult and complicated for a non-geek.

    Just pick a cool game, then setup the game on easy with cheats for health/ammo or something.

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    CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    PirateJon wrote: »
    Just pick a cool game, then setup the game on easy with cheats for health/ammo or something.

    'Fraid it's not that simple.

    For most games, even if you stick them on the easiest mode, the basic controls are too complicated for non-gamers. Think of all those buttons on a controller.

    And beyond that, there's a lot of language/culture issues we take for granted. For instance, what does "telepathy" mean, and how do you find the exit in a level? You know this, non-gamers may not.

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    PaperPrittPaperPritt Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Elin wrote: »
    Plants Vs Zombies

    This.

    Edit: Limed because ..yeah.

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    ApogeeApogee Lancks In Every Game Ever Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I cautiously reccomend Braid. It's really really easy to start, but it gets complicated fast. It's agreat game for people who like some plot/mind bending.

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    CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Apogee wrote: »
    I cautiously reccomend Braid. It's really really easy to start, but it gets complicated fast. It's agreat game for people who like some plot/mind bending.

    Again... great game, but will blow the mind of the average older person who does not play games. My goodness, that game is *HARD*

    How about Heavy Weapon by Popcap games?

    http://www.popcap.com/games/heavyweapon?mid=heavyweapon_pc_en_full

    Simple side-scrolling game, you control a tank.

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    Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Have you considered trying a realistic flight simulator?

    Have him try the trial version of one.

    I'd imagine that flying for real is kind of like driving where it's boring doesn't require much unless you make a mistake or are doing fancy tricks.

    Though, honestly, I haven't played a flight simulation in over 20 years (unless Battlefield 2 counts), so they could be very different.

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    RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Have you considered trying a realistic flight simulator?

    Have him try the trial version of one.

    I'd imagine that flying for real is kind of like driving where it's boring doesn't require much unless you make a mistake or are doing fancy tricks.

    Though, honestly, I haven't played a flight simulation in over 20 years (unless Battlefield 2 counts), so they could be very different.

    Battlefield definitely doesn't count, at all. They even have a goddamn Blackhawk in FS:X, and it takes you about three seconds to realize how differently it behaves compared to the BF2/BC2 helos.

    That three seconds is how long it takes you to flip over after taking off.

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    KingMooKingMoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Apogee wrote: »
    I cautiously reccomend Braid. It's really really easy to start, but it gets complicated fast. It's agreat game for people who like some plot/mind bending.

    Again... great game, but will blow the mind of the average older person who does not play games. My goodness, that game is *HARD*

    How about Heavy Weapon by Popcap games?

    http://www.popcap.com/games/heavyweapon?mid=heavyweapon_pc_en_full

    Simple side-scrolling game, you control a tank.

    too many bullets, flashy crazy bombs, and colors will scare him. He needs something like Beach Head for realism or a simplistic tank game like Wii Play's Tanks. Anyone know a game like wii play tanks for PC?

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Geometry wars?

    It's chaotic but ridiculously simple.

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    KingMooKingMoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Blaket wrote: »
    Geometry wars?

    It's chaotic but ridiculously simple.

    chaotic = dad's brains exploding

    realism is required to keep his brain safe...

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    NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    My dad loves playing old N64 platformers like Super Mario 64 and Banjo + Kazooie.

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    HlubockyHlubocky Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The only game my dad ever played, and still plays to this day is the Legend of Zelda. God help us when the NES breaks down. He will play it from start to finish because the battery in the cart is long since dead.

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    PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Instead of Civ IV, I'd rather suggest the Anno games/Dawn of Discovery. It's more accessible for people who have never played Civ before. And it's gorgeous.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Maybe left field, but World in Conflict on easy. Easily identifiable units, good story, great graphics, easy RTS mechanics (you only have 3-4 units to control at a time. no base building, no resources to worry about). Lots of tanks to control.

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    GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Plants vs. Zombies, Bejewled, Peggle would all do nicely (though they lack the military theme). Puzzle Quest might be interesting because the controls are super simple, you can largely ignore mounts/capturing if you want to, and you get rewarded even if you lose a battle.

    Another possibility would be to find a PC version of a board game like Settlers of Catan. Turn based, simple play, lots of possibilities.

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