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Member Name: Nik-Nac
Advantages: Good value for money. Fun and wide choice of games. Great customer service.
Big Fish Games is predictably a gaming site. It is my favourite gaming site, and one that I check daily. Every day Big Fish has a new game to play, and also a heavily discounted game exclusive to that day only. This is called the 'daily deal' and will not feature a new game, but rather a game that is already listed on their site.
The price on the games vary depending on whether you're a game club member or not. If you are not a member standard games cost £7.70, members pay £5.39 per month for 1 credit - this entitles you to a standard game. All other standard games purchased are charged at this same discounted rate. Collector's editions cost £15.42 for non-members, and 2 credits (or £10.80) for members. I am a member and I think the savings are significant enough to warrant the monthly fee. Credits also stay stored in your account so there's no need to use them within any given time period.
Benefits of Being a Member (other than discounted games!)
Members get a 'punch' on a punch card for every standard edition game bought (including those that have been bought with credits, and daily deal games) Collector's editions get you two punches. If you collect 6 punches during any monthly period you get a free game credit to spend. There are often deals on the punches (for example, buy any daily deal, get 2 punches) This makes it relatively simple to earn free credits.
Members are given access to 'Tomorrow's Game Today' This means they have access to a new game a day before non-members. Not really a big deal, as non-members can play the very next day but a neat little perk all the same.
Daily Deals are games that have previously featured on the site, but at the discounted price of £2.30 for members. A complete bargain for most games!
Live chat member support is available to members of Big Fish. The customer support is excellent anyway, member or not, but this just means it's a little easier to get through to a customer support team member quickly via instant messages should any problems arise.
If you're a loyal member you get a little gift in the post after a year of being subscribed. This comes in the form of a plushie Felix toy (the fishy mascot of Big Fish Games) It's rather sweet and a nice way for customer's to feel that they are appreciated.
A list of all previously bought games are stored on the site. This means you can see at a glance which games you own, and can install them from here. It's so simple. Games download and play from the free Big Fish game manager.
Oh, is that all?
Well on top of all those benefits for members, Big Fish is really amazing anyway. The customer service is second to none. You can tell they really care about their members and staff are often seen in the games forums talking to customers who have problems and trying to sort out technical issues that games occasionally have.
Games can be played for an hour as a demo before committing to buy them. This is a reasonable amount of time for anyone to establish whether they enjoy the game or not. It's also a good way to pass time without spending any money.
The website also makes suggestions about games you might like to play, based on games you've bought in the past. I've found this really helpful and have found a couple of gems that I'd not spotted before.
The forums are great. There is an individual forum for each game, where you can look at a walk-through, read reviews, and find helpful hints and tips from other members. You can also post here if you're stuck with a specific game and someone is sure to help you out. It's a very friendly community.
Big Fish release games that are suitable for both PCs and Macs.
So You recommend Big Fish?
Most definitely. I couldn't even hazard a guess at how many hours enjoyment that I've had playing games from this site. Just for you lot I've just counted how many games I've purchased and it's sitting at 125 games (yikes!) over a 4 year period. I've never been let down by the customer service or the professionalism of the staff. Games are always updated on time, and it's obviously a website that's run very efficiently. There are all sorts of games available to suit almost everyone. There are games suitable for children and adults. There are hidden object games, adventure games, match 3 games, puzzle games, family games, word games, strategy games, and my favourite time management games. With so much choice it's easy to spend a small fortune, but the hours of fun are so worth it.
Thank Cod for Big Fish!
Summary: A good choice of quality games at value prices.