This is how I do it.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is quite simply the perfect game for those moments when you have time to kill. It’s been my companion for the past few weeks during my daily commutes on the bus and now it’s there for me when the server goes down or for those “breaks” during raid where you wait 10 minutes for someone who just disappeared, usually a tank or a healer.
Without going into much details about the plot your playing as a team of detective seeking to uncover the location of the Golden apple in the village of St-Mystere. The trouble is that everyone in the village seems to be a fanatic for puzzles and they won’t say anything until you solve all their puzzles. The game got pretty nice graphics not unlike those of the movie “Les triplettes de Belleville”. But the real beauty of the game is its 30 minutes gameplay sessions.
You see the people who conceived the game (Japaneses, duh! ) designed it for commuters and people looking for something else to read than the journal while taking their morning coffee. Everything in the game is made to be played in short sessions and the puzzles take on average between 15 and 30 minutes to solve (had a few who took me much longer). It’s also supposed to make you smarter since it was designed by some university professor but personally I’m just having fun with it.
Other things to do while you wait for WoW.
You know all those old Blizzard games you got like Starcraft and Diablo2 that you love and would love to play again but can’t because your on some fancy windows vista or windows 7? Or maybe your CDs are scratched? Well I found out that you can register all those games to you Battle.net Account and download them straight from Blizzard. Just head over to your Battle.net homepage, register your game, click manage and download the client. Even better, those versions work on the newer systems! As much as we love to call Blizzard names they do have their moment of genius too.