Mar 13 2018

Mobile Phone Games: Play Smart

From the very start, mobile phone users have been fascinated by playing phone games. Even in the earliest days, the primitive in-phone games had the ability to command our attention and also ignite our competitive spirit. Fast-forward to today, and smartphones with internet connectivity have put a whole world of games at our fingertips.

One great feature of the new breed of online phone games is the ability to compete with both friends and strangers in real time. The old favourite board game, Scrabble, has reinvented itself for the virtual world, with competitive versions such as Words with Friends creating possibilities for fun, healthy and brain-stimulating games. Score the highest points and tease your friends about it. Another popular game is chess, which could have been made for the digital platform.

For those of us who like to try our luck and play for stakes a little higher than just beating our friends, there are plenty of mobile-compatible online poker games available on the market. Playing casino games like poker on mobile can be even better than on a PC. For one, you can do it from anywhere, but there is also the added advantage of the touch-screen, which makes playing so much more instinctive. Mobile players will also receive notifications, so there’s no reason to miss out on any special offers.

For those of us who didn’t grow up with smartphones, all these new games can seem like they aren’t for us. Aside from casino games, which are simply online versions of games that have been around for aeons, there are also plenty of versions of our old classic arcade games in mobile phone versions. Get nostalgic with Tetris, enjoy the retro graphics of Minecraft, and go right back to your childhood with Sonic the Hedgehog.

Mar 2 2018

Know Your Opponent: Poker Labels

If you’ve moved on from casual online poker games, or nights with your friend round the baize, it’s probably time to start learning how to appraise your fellow players. Being aware of styles of play and personalities can help you to decide how to respond. A smart player knows that it’s not just the cards that will help you win, but a canny judgment of who you’re playing against.

Amateur vs Professional

One of the basic assessments of your colleagues at the poker table is just how professional they are. This is not simply a matter of how experienced a player is, but of their behaviour during a game. A player with less experience can still act in a more responsible and mature fashion than someone who has many more years of practice under their belt.

Loose vs Tight

Players tend to either play a range of hands, in which case they can be labelled as loose-style contestants. Conversely, a tight player will stick to a narrow range and only play what they consider to be a strong hand. It is, therefore, less predictable to play a loose player. If you are sure that an opponent is a tight player, pay attention when they are confident, as it may well be backed up with some good cards.

Aggressive vs Passive

The general difference between these two styles can be compared to a football team. An aggressive player will be on the attack, taking risks and raising often. A passive player is like a defensive team, protecting what they have and calling or check more often.

Putting it all together, a player can be a combination of these three factors. A professional, loose-passive player, for example, will keep their cool at all times and play a lot of hands, but will not bet or raise so much. Being aware of the style will help you to understand what they are thinking, and what kind of hand they may have.

Dec 28 2017

2017’s Most Popular Online Desktop Games

2017 is coming to a close and, after a year of gaming, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite games you can play online with your computer. We’ve chosen 8 games that embody 8 different elements of online gaming. Do you agree with our favourites list?

1. Words with Friends – Be a Wordsmith

There are many word games on the market at the moment, all of which are descendants of Scrabble. Exercise your brain in a friendly, fun and competitive environment, to score the most points and beat your friends.

2. Chess – Logical Games

A classic game, chess has made the transition into the online gaming world more easily than any other board game of its kind.

3. Poker – Be Brave

There is nothing like buying into a table, and seeing those first cards being dealt. The online poker revolution has flourished this year and, if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing a thrilling ride.

4. Tetris – Puzzling Through

Colours and shapes tantalize the senses, whilst an overpowering urge to complete a perfect line takes over.

5. Bingo – The Numbers Game

What could be easier than daubing a number you just heard? Worlds away from the traditional bingo hall, online bingo games are full of bonuses and a variety of rooms to spice things up.

6. Doom – Action Classics

We couldn’t fail to mention a classic shooter action game. Have you braved the secret corridors and dark tunnels to face demons behind locked doors?

7. Wonderputt – One for the Sports Fan

Mini-golf just got digital. Enjoy cute animations in this futuristic take on mini-golf.

8. I Am Level – A Future Classic

A classic Metroidvania action game meets pinball – activate paddles and tilt your way through levels.

Here’s to a great 2017 filled with gaming and an even better 2018! Keep playing.

Nov 9 2017

How to know if an Online Casino is Safe

With so many online casinos, the choice can be overwhelming. This can be a good thing, but it is also bad as it can be hard for newcomers to know which sites can be trusted and which cannot. As with all things, there are unscrupulous sites out there just waiting to take the money of the unsuspecting player. Below are just a few of the things to look for when checking out a new casino.

Are They Licensed?

This is the first thing that should always be checked. Licenses come from the governing authorities where the casino is registered. To get a license, casinos must undergo rigorous checks and then adhere to strict rules and regulations. These regulations help to protect players in the event of missing money and other potential money loss scams. These licenses should be prominently displayed on the casino website and be able to be checked by the player to ensure authenticity.

The Games

In addition to the licenses, it is important to check that the casino follows the rules of gaming fairness. Having a license usually ensures this, but a number of casinos will go above and beyond to prove that this is the case. Many sites will display audits done by third party companies that show the gaming software is unbiased in any way. It is also worth noting that the software providers used by a casino will also indicate security. Companies such as NetEnt are known for their gaming fairness, and as they produce a lot of games such as slots, blackjack, roulette and live games, it can be worth finding a casino that uses their work.

Payment Providers

Other areas to look at are the monetary providers. Again, if the casino is using companies such as PayPal, known for their safe and secure transactions, it can go a long way to ensuring peace of mind in the player.

Aug 30 2017

Tools to Keep You Safe Online

One of the most important things that you can do if you are trying to maintain a healthy computer and online presence is to have a good suite of security software installed on your machine that you run at frequent intervals. There are all kinds of dangerous viruses that can be in a system without the owner ever knowing that they exist, and when left unchecked they can either break a system down to an unusable state or provide the writers of the viruses with a constant stream of your personal data and private information. Luckily, there is a war being waged against viruses and other malicious programs, and the tools used by the makers of today’s virus-fighting programs are very powerful. But it is your responsibility to acquire and utilize these programs, so here is a short list to get you started.


McAfee has long been at the top of the ranking where IT security is concerned. The company runs well on pretty much every machine type, and the list of things that it is capable of finding and repairing is really quite impressive. McAfee protects users against Malware, malicious websites which are known for phishing and using false certificates, provides virus scans on demand and vulnerability testing to ensure that there are no hackers on the system, and the program does it all for about 20 US Dollars per year. There is also a free version that is pretty good but does not come with quite as many features.


Bitdefender is another impressive piece of software that can save your machine from a long list of threat types. Bitdefender acts as an anti-malware, anti-virus, anti-phishing, anti-adware, and a lot more. It even monitors all of your online traffic and actively scans the sites that you visit for security-related threats.
There are many other great options available that come in both free and premium versions, but selecting either of the ones mentioned above will definitely serve you well.

Aug 23 2017

Knowledge is Safety

There aren’t too many people who would disagree with the classic statement that knowledge is power, but when it comes to the world of IT security, knowledge is much more than just something that allows you to do things that others can’t. When it comes to computing, whether it be for personal or commercial use, knowledge is security. Without knowing what risks you face there is nothing that you can do to put the necessary safeguards in place that would keep you safe, and that is exactly what we would like to help you with.

You have probably heard of viruses, just as everyone has, but what are they exactly? Viruses are small pieces of software that are written by people with the intention of either doing harm to another person’s computer, exposing some kind of data for the purposes of theft or targeted advertisement, or to take control of a computer system from a remote location. Each of these comes with its own specifications and each are dealt with in different ways, which is why there are so many different security programs that have been developed to deal with one or more of these types of threats.


Ransomware is one of the most dangerous of the lot, as programs of this type operate specifically to cripple systems. There are many reasons why someone might want to bring your computer to its knees, but one of the main reasons is that when you lose control of your machine, the person behind the ransomware can do anything that they want to it with little or no knowledge on your part that there is someone stealing all of your personal information.

Malware and Adware

Along with Adware, Malware is one of the most common types of viruses in today’s online world. The purpose of Malware is mainly to cause difficulty to users, and it often is a ‘fire and forget’ method of creating chaos that can break certain areas of an operating system, rendering computers unusable. Once this type of virus has spread throughout a system it is very difficult to remove it and a system restore is often required. Adware is similar, but instead of breaking things it leaves traces on the infected system that lets advertisers in. Neither of these is good news for the efficiency and health of the system.