The entire family does not have to gather around the dining table. Your PC will do, as long as you know the games that entire family will love. Here are my picks.
The Walls of Jericho (Full Armor Studios)
The Walls of Jericho is an awesome puzzle game using move and match to crumble stone blocks. Your faithful followers won't stay around forever, though, unless you can solve the puzzle, activate powerful combos and bring down the walls. Click-drag blocks to move them around. Match 3 or more of a kind in a row to crumble them. Unlike many other click-and-match games, you can drag blocks as far as you want. Red blocks conceal POWER BLOCKS, which can destroy many ordinary blocks when matched up 3 in a row. Click red blocks to reveal what power they contain. Your followers will leave if you don't crumble enough blocks. Once they're gone, your game is over.
The only way to totally demolish the wall is by activating the ARK. This is done by matching up 3 ARK blocks, which appear as you play. . . once you activate the ARK the level is complete. Your followers will become more and more difficult to keep around. Move quick and use strategy to reach the higher levels.
Gold Miner Joe (Arcade Labs)
Gold Miner Joe is a side scrolling adventure that places you in a mine where you attempt to collect all the pieces of gold that are scattered around without getting killed. In addition to gold pieces, there are other various items that you can pick up for more points such as shovels and rifles. The miner is armed with an endless supply of rocks that can be used to kill most enemies. He also has dynamite that is useful in both killing enemies and, if used correctly, can help you find hidden items in the ground such as extra lives.
Poker Tournament Manager (MB Hammond Group)
Planning to host a poker tournament? Poker Tournament Manager adds a professional feel to your poker game, just like a Las Vegas casino. You can even post results to your own league home page at our website so other players can see results and stats.
Impress your family or guests with professional tournament management. You can run a tournament clock for sessions and manage players, buy-ins, rebuys, chip add-ons, and fees. Limit number of rebuys and add-ons and control levels during which they are permitted as necessary or eliminate players as they go out.
Poker Tournament Manager automatically calculates fixed or percentage based payouts and seeds the tournament tables for larger groups, and reseeds as tables are reduced. The program also keeps player name, phone number, email, and address that can be exported for mailers, as well as track and view stats to see top players over multiple tournaments.
Cactus Bruce And The Corporate Monkeys (Blue Tea Games)
Cactus Bruce and the Corporate Monkeys is, first and foremost, hilarious. You play a one-eyed pirate cactus (!) defending your home, Foster Island, from becoming a banana republic (Bananas Foster, mmm yummy!. . . ) under the domination of Hollabanger Corporation and its army of Corporate Monkeys (who try to conk you on the head with coconuts). So, you must defend your home from this corporate takeover at all costs. Smack those monkeys before they smack you. Fortunately you have a unique weapon - a 1 ton claw machine - and several helpful friends such as Billy the Elastic Blowfish and Marvin the Explosive Snowman.
John Deprice loves unusual games; his collection is available to public free of charge at http://www.deprice.com/games-3-1.htm