What games you can play on Google+
Much like the games that are found on Facebook, the 39 titles that are currently playable on Google+ are designed to have you share scores and encourage friends to play. Inviting those in your circles to play the same games as you nets you rewards. Before you can play, you need to grant each game permission to access your Google profile and the names of people in your circles.
Elements from role-playing games—like levelling up and improving skills—are used to motivate and encourage continuous play. Currency in games is used to purchase power-ups and special items, and players can choose to spend real money on in-game currency to have those items immediately, rather than wait until sufficient resources have been collected.
Puzzle games and simulations are the most prevalent genres. Angry Birds (Rovio) is a simple port of the original game played in a browser window and Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap) is identical to the version you can play on Facebook. Monster World (Wooga) is like FarmVille but with monsters growing lemonade bushes and glass flower plants. You won’t find FarmVille on Google+ but you can play three of Zynga’s other games: CityVille, Mafia Wars 2, and Zynga Poker. And what gaming platform would be complete without the availability of zombies (Zombie Lane from Digital Chocolate) and dragons (the RPG Dragon Age Legends from Electronic Arts and BioWare, and the real-time strategy title Dragons of Atlantis from Kabam)?
The interface for games on Google+ is, for now, almost spartan and conspicuously free from advertising. But given that the parent company built its fortunes on selling ads, expect that to change before long.