11 WordPress Game Plugins to Increase Your Blog’s Fun Factor
I once visited someone’s blog several times per day for a few weeks, simply because there was a mini Mrs. Pac Man game in the sidebar. Forget about SEO and traditional market strategy for a moment and have a look at the power of addictive games. Want to attract the kind of traffic that only Mrs. Pac Man can bring? Hook your users up with some of the games below. Most of these plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.9.2 and many of them are also made to work smoothly with WPMU. I’ve tested a few with BuddyPress and they work well, although it would be more exciting if game results and high scores could be incorporated into the activity stream.
Depending on how formal your website is, adding games can increase traffic and user retention, especially if the games are regularly changed and refreshed. The plugins listed below will help you to gain access to engaging games that will boost social interaction on your website.
Flash Mini Games Plugin for WP and WPMU
The Flash Mini Games Plugin allows you to embed poker related Flash mini games in your posts/pages and sidebars of your blog so your visitors can play some great games while visiting your site, including Poktris, Solitaire, Avalanche, Dare Devil, Outs Counter, Pot Odds Trainer, and Odds Game.
This plugin is designed to manage sports leagues and display them on your blog. Ever thought of combining WordPress and Fantasy Football? Here’s your chance! This plugin allows you to easily add teams and matches, manage weekly-based ordering of matches with a bulk editing mechanism, automatic or drag & drop ranking of teams, dynamic match statistics, unlimited widgets, and many other features.
Chess Game Viewer
WP Chess Flash
This plugin allows display of a interactive chessgame using the ChessFlash PGN viewer in posts and comments. There are addition parameters that you can customize (puzzle, twoboards, boardonly) as well as colors and piece characters.
Top 5 Games for School / Education from Primary Games Arena
This plugin puts the top five games from Primary Games Arena on your blog. You can easily add the games through a sidebar widget.
Heyzap enables game developers to distribute their social games outside of social networking sites and onto the wider web while not only retaining the game’s social functions and features, but also connecting the user’s many social graphs. This plugin allows you to put more than 6000+ of the Internet’s most addictive, fun games on your blog.
My Xbox Profile
This is the Xbox 360 Gamercard Plugin that displays your Xbox 360 gamertag details anywhere on your website. This is the first version of the plugin, its quite simple with a few options but the biggest feature about it is that it is completely customisable using CSS. It also uses jQuery to display the 5 most recent games played and the amount of achievements. You could use this plugin to organize a community of Xbox players for online interaction.
Motor Racing League
This Plugin is designed to manage motor sport races and championships and allow users to predict the outcome of the races. Points are awarded based on users’ predictions and the actual finishing order of the race. Most motor sport competition types are supported. Basically any event that involves qualifying, then a race with a finishing order. For example, Formula One, NASCAR, Moto GP, even possibly cycle races. These types of prediction games are often referred to as Fantasy competitions.
This plugin turns your WordPress blog into an arcade games web site. “MyArcadeBlog” can publish and download flash games from Mochiads automatically for you. Get over 11.000 games from Mochiads only with a few clicks. Now, you are able to import individual games to your blog!
WP Mini Games
The WP Mini Games plugin allows you to embed flash mini games in your posts/pages and sidebars of your WordPress blog so your visitors can play some great games on your site. Allow you visitors to play online bwin poker, strategy games, action, arcade, racing and all addicted games which keeps your visitors staying longer on your blog.
Embed Chess Board
Embed Chessboard is a plugin that allows for the insertion of a chessboard displaying chess games within worpress articles. It includes a number of parameters for customizing the size and color of the board, chess moves, and autoplay features.