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"King.com" Now where do I start, well I'll start by saying that it is a game site, where you can play online games of skill for free, or if you prefer you can pay to play, giving you the chance to win some money back, from whichever games you choose to play. That is basically what King.com is all about........
But that tells you nothing, what you really want to know is the why? where? and how? of this particular game site, so I'll tell you, here goes.....
King.com was launched in 2003, it is available in fifty different countries, nine different languages, and seven different currencies. Although the actual company is based in the UK, they do have a development campus in Sweden.
They claim to be the largest, skill gaming site in the world, offering a very wide range of games. Hosting millions of players, with over 200 million games played every month.
What the site looks like
The site has recently been revamped, It is mainly green and orange but just recently has had a pale blue colour added to the background to appear like sky (I think). In the top left corner is the King.com logo, underneath this are six orange tabs:
PLAY GAMES: Clicking this will give you the lists all the different games available to play, each within it's own category which are as follows: Bingo, Puzzle, Action, Word, Card, Strategy and Sport.
BINGO: This takes you to a separate area where you can play the Royal games, (you have to pay to play these games).
MY ACCOUNT: This takes you into your own account, where you can amend your details e.t.c. check the latest games you played who's visited your profile, all things like that.
COMMUNITY: By clicking this tab you will be taken to the main community page where you can read the "Fool's" blog, he is the person who see's that the site runs smoothly, he answers questions and gives out information about new games e.t.c. within his blog.
SUPPORT: This tab takes you to the help page where all the FAQ are, you can also contact support by email if you have a problem within the site.
UPGRADE: This tab will only say upgrade if you are a silver (non paying member). This is the tab you click if you wish to become a paying gold member.
In the top left hand corner there is a picture of the cartoon avatar, which you can create yourself, whilst in the my account section. Underneath this are four little orange tabs which show 1, your profile page, 2, which friends if any are online, 3, your inbox for private messages and messages from king.com. 4, takes you to your tournaments/challenges/cups and quests pages.
Centre top is your jewel count, this shows you how many jewels you have won so far and at what jewel level you are currently at.
--Levels of membership--
There are, in actual fact 3 different levels of membership. Siver non paying member, Green club member and gold paying member.
The reason the club player status is not heard of so much is the simple fact, that this country are not allowed to use the club membership. This is because it is legal to play games for money in our country, in countries where it is against the law to play for money, they created the club player membership, they get a lot of the benefits the gold players get, they just can't play the games for money.
So, us here in the UK get to choose between silver or gold.
Being a silver player entitles you to play any games that are not "royal" games, these are only for gold members. When you click on a game to play, you are met with a tournament listings page for that particular game. You then get to choose in which tournament you would like to enter. There are three different kinds of tournament you can enter:
The head to head: This is a small tournament between 2, 4, 10 or sometimes even more people. You do win jewels for this but many.
Jackpot: This is a Jackpot jewel tournament that any amount of players can enter, the more that play the better as the jewel prize rises with every person that plays, but you usually only get 3 chances to play and get a good high score. The higher your score, the more jewels you'll receive once the tournament finishes, which is usually an hour.
Star hunt: Every game has one of these, you play by yourself trying to better your score in order to win a star, you can win up to five stars for any one particular game, but in winning the stars you do get a few extra jewels as well.
The stars that you play for, are used to buy items in the castle editor. This is situated at the top of your profile page, it's basically a picture that you create yourself, you have a picture of a landscape onto which you build your own picture, the idea is to choose and buy a castle then build on and around it, creating your own personal little kingdom. Also on the profile page it shows a little information about you, this is totally up to you if you want to fill this in and make it public. There is an area where people can leave gifts for you a personal record briefly showing things like, last game you played and how many jewels you have e.t.c. There are other bits and bobs on there as well, but a lot of these, for instance the photo album, where you get to upload pictures of your choice, for your profile page, can't be accessed until you reach certain jewel levels.
Along the right hand side of your profile page there is a list of five names of the latest people who have visited your profile page. Under this are the last five names of the people you won games against and the last five names of the people who won games against you.
There is a cup tournament but not for all games, just a select few, in this tournament you play each round until you lose and get kicked out, there are about eight rounds to get through.
Most the games you play on your own, however there are a few games such as 9 and 8 ball pool where you play the game with another person, taking it in turns to have your go. On these sort of games there is the option to chat with the person you are playing against.
Another thing you can do is to send out challenges to other players, where you choose a game, play it and it then gets sent to all the players you've selected, players get 2 to 3 days to compete in the challenge which they will receive in their inbox. If they don't want to take part they can simply decline or just not bother playing it.
Being a gold player gives you all that a silver player gets plus a few more options as well. There is only one thing a silver can do that a gold can't and that is to enter the jackpot jewel tournament.
Being a gold player is a whole different thing. When you become gold you gradually move up to diamond then platinum, depending on how much you play and spend. VIP is the top spot for gold players, these are the members who play the most and in my opinion, spend the most money. Being a VIP means you get to try all the newly released games first, for a few days before they are released to everyone else.
Gold players have their own tournaments played for cash, they still receive jewels which, incidentally are doubled. But they don't seem to earn as many jewels as the silvers, as they can't enter the jackpot jewel tournaments, and that is where you get the majority of your jewels.
However, gold players do have a big jackpot tournament for cash, but can only enter these once they have played so many, little tournament games first. The amount of money you pay to participate in the games varies, but it is only a small amount, a few pence usually.
Gold's can also play the star hunt tournament but they have to pay to play, as is the same for quests. There are some free games the golds can play, including the freeroll which they release every Friday.
There is a chance to win diploma's, each week another diploma piece is released and you have to complete so many tasks in order to win it, which also gives you 10,000 jewels per piece as well. The diplomas are usually made up of three pieces and when you have collected all three, you can watch the whole diploma come to life with animation.
Whilst playing the games you are also winning awards from bronze up to diamond, you automatically win these as you play, and they can be viewed on your profile page.
Gold players have a tab on their account where they can deposit and withdraw funds.
They can comment on the fools blog (silvers can only read it).
whether you are gold or silver, you have the option to buy stars, for cash in order to build up your castle on your profile page.
Silver players can also use stars to buy a week of:
No ads or queues,
Double jewel prizes
Gaining access to gold games
Personally, I think they added this option to let you see what your missing, their crafty way of getting you to upgrade.
--Becoming a member (Silver)--
To join King.com you click on the "create new account" tab. This takes you to the page you need to fill out, username, password e.t.c. Once you have done this you are instantly a new member, you can then edit your avatar and profile page to your liking. Then you can start to play one of the many great skill games, King.com has to offer.
I would have thought that, if you want to join as a gold player from the start, there are probably more things to fill in on the first page, that you fill out at the start (I don't have a gold account, so I'm not altogether sure).
You have to be 13 years or older to join. 18 years for gold membership.
You do have the option to upgrade to gold whenever you like.
Like I stated earlier, there are a wide range of games to choose from. I could list them all for you, however I don't feel this is necessary as you can scan the list of games on the website without having to sign up, at this location: http://www6.king.com/games/
The Royal games, I know very little about, as I myself don't bother with them. But I do know you can access these games through the site, where you pay to play, games such as Bingo and Slots, e.t.c.
New games are released onto the site quite often, which I think stops the site from becoming mundane and boring, and a lot of their older games have been remade and bought more up to date.
The games last anything between 1 and 5 minutes, each game you play you are timed at, but you are able to see how much time you have left
There are some things I have missed out about the site, but I've told you the basics, the rest, should you decide to sign up, you would easily work out for yourself.
--My experience with King.com--
I joined King.com August 2008, I only joined because my husband already had an account and I wanted to play (oh dear how old am I?) anyway, I created my account and really enjoyed playing the various games the site had to offer. It was good fun competing against my husband to see who could get the best scores and win the most jewels. But he knew when to call it a day and would only play for a little while each time he logged in. Me on the other hand, had to take it to the extreme and play on King.com practically every waking hour, I got to the point where I had to log on just to see how many jewels I had won on the last games I had played. The site was taking over my life, I was addicted, I didn't just really enjoy it, I needed to be logged in more or less all the time.
In the beginning, I really enjoyed playing the pool games, I'm useless at real pool but I was quite good at King.com's 9 ball. I was quickly put off playing though, as some of the people I ended up playing against were real sicko's, they would constantly talk about sex and anything else along those lines. I very quickly stopped playing 9 ball pool for that reason alone.
I enjoyed every aspect of the site, even down to messing about with my profile page, I couldn't get enough of the wonderful King.com.
Now, I love playing any kind of game whether it be online or otherwise, but never have I felt the need to be on a game site as much as I was on King.com, I just shrugged it off when my husband told me I must have some sort of problem and I should not play so much. I don't know what it was that seemed to have me possessed with this game site, but whatever it was it was doing me no good.
I didn't see all this until about a year after I'd joined. I started to get irritated and annoyed with the site, as the games started to crash all the time or I would complete a game only to be told my score was 0 when I knew I'd just a good score. Then there was the Germans, don't get me wrong I have nothing against German people in general, but they came and took over the site, they would be at the top of every tournament, even the fool's blog was full of people complaining about the Germans and the ridiculously high scores they all seemed to be getting. I later found out the Germans had their own "Tips and Tricks" site for all the king.com games, that just wasn't fair in my opinion, and many other members thought likewise. So as I got more and more irritated with king.com I started to log in for shorter periods, then began to not bother logging in at all some days. I found other things I enjoyed doing, instead of dedicating my life to king.com.
I am still a member but hardly ever log in any more. I currently stand at the highest jewel level with over 11 million jewels. It was just something I had to do, and I thank god I never upgraded to gold.
Maybe I have the Germans to thank, for helping me to let go of my addiction with King.com
King.com, is a very good game site, but only to be taken in moderation. If you enjoy online games then this is the place for you to be.
I have given King.com 3 stars because for a time my life seemed to revolve round it, and that was not a good thing, but the site is pretty good.
If you have had the time and patience to read all of this, then I want to thank you very much for reading my review which is also posted on Ciao
Summary: Good but dangerously addictive