We at First Site Guide love games in any form. PC, PlayStation, Xbox, mobile games or flash games played in browser… you name it. It is obvious we love WordPress and it is a great thing if we could combine those two and somehow put games in WordPress. Wait, we can do just that!
After some of the best gaming themes for WordPress, we have researched video game plugins which can transform the WP-powered website into a gaming machine and those which will add simple games to your site in posts or place them on sidebars.
Whether you want to add a simple game to entertain your visitors or you want to build a gaming site and make money from it, you should check out these few plugins.
My Arcade Plugin
PRICE: Free/from €20
Let’s start with a great plugin which can transform your WordPress site in a gaming portal in a matter of minutes. After an easy installation, you’re faced with MyArcadePlugin setup which is relatively easy and quick. You just have to decide how to and where from you want to publish flash games. The free version comes with limitations but if you decide to buy the plugin, you will get access to games from 12 different game distributors like Big Fish Games, Kongregate, Scirra, Spill Games and others which get you over 70,000 games.
The plugin allows you to easily manage your games, automatically add them to your site, embed one by providing a code or even upload games on your server. This awesome plugin will even generate descriptions for you if you don’t want to do it by yourself.
As a great bonus for the PRO version, you can get leaderboards which will make your visitors compete for the first spot on the list. It’s SEO friendly and there’s even a little social network integrated into the plugin so your gamers can make their profiles, create groups, make friends and show their activity profile. Check out all MyArcadePlugin features and see what we are talking about.
WP Shuffle Puzzle
Shuffle Puzzle is a simple puzzle game designed as a WordPress plugin and can be a nice add-on to your site. There are few different puzzle types where a picture will be broken into pieces and shuffled around with one piece left off. You can also find a shuffle puzzle with a counter, add one with a timer to make the game more interesting or even allow menus so a visitor can change difficulty on the fly. This game is customizable which means you can pick between any number of pieces to play with, change the background color and it’s good to know the plugin is responsive so it won’t made a mess on different screen sizes.
Crossword Puzzle Game
What do you think about putting a crossword on your WordPress website? This simple plugin will install a responsive crossword which you can edit and let your visitors test their knowledge in a fun way. Use text and image clues to let your visitors guess given terms. You can create new crosswords with a simple wizard. While public crossword will allow everyone on your site to play, things might get more fun if your visitors register so they can track their scores against others.
My Gamer Tag
This simple plugin will be of interest to Xbox owners. If you’re running a site where you want to show off your stats, MyGamerTag will help you do just that. Simply install the plugin and set up your information, and the plugin will fetch all needed information from your profile and show them in a widget. Place the widget anywhere you want and there you go – your gamer statistics will be shown to everyone and the plugin will automatically refresh the info.
Advanced Steam Widget
This plugin will be a great add-on for any gamer who often plays on Steam. Once you install and activate Advanced Steam Widget, you should connect it to your Steam account and after this point, it will automatically show information about it. You can choose to display your profile only, a profile with your games, only games, games grid or full-page profile. The plugin will allow you to show the games you have recently played or ones you are currently playing. Since the plugin is free, you can easily try it out.
Twitch TV Embedded Suit
If you often publish video content from Twitch on your gaming website, you should consider this great little plugin. It is free and will make your life easier while posting new streams and chats. You can set dimensions of a stream you’re posting, choose backgrounds, allow users to go full-screen, add or remove chat and even place alternate text for users who are unable to load the flash video. There is a simple admin area where you can set everything up and get a preview of the stream before choosing to publish a post.
This cute lil’ plugin will add Invaders to your site. You can choose where you want them to appear, how many of them will invade your site, how big they are and which parts of the site Jellyfish Invaders will appear on. These 8-bit website pets will work on any part of your site and they will randomly float around. If you see them hiding, just click on the area and Invaders will appear to greet you. There’s not much more about them; the plugin itself isn’t a game but it will be a great add-on for your gaming site and we simply had to include them in this article. Aren’t they adorable?
Achievements for WordPress
This plugin will transform your entire WordPress site into a game. No, there won’t be dragons flying around which will attack your visitors (although this might be a cool feature, don’t you think) but the plugin will award your frequent visitors and make them feel like they’re in some kind of RPG game. The plugin works great with some of the most popular plugins around WordPress like bbPress, BuddyPress, BuddyStream, coursewa.re, Invite Anyone, WP e-Commerce and WP-PostRatings. That means you can give badges and titles to your visitor for making comments on your articles or for example, buying stuff from your online store. You can make everything fun, place funny pictures for your achievements and let your visitors enjoy their titles and share achievements on social networks. If you have the right audience, the plugin might help you promote your content more easily.
This free WordPress plugin currently offers 83 games you can easily display on your website. Each game has its own shortcode which you can place anywhere you want to embed the game. Choose from games like Angry Birds Space, Batman Defend Gotham, Call of Duty Crossfire, Car Twisted Dreams, Dragonball 1, Happy Wheels, Hulk Smash Up, Iron Man 2 and many others! Unfortunately, the plugin hasn’t been updated for ten months but we’d like to see even more free games in their arsenal.
Steam News Widget
This simple plugin will load news about the game of choice directly into a WordPress widget. To display news from your favorite game, simply find its app id from Steam and enter it in the widget. You can that customize the widget by showing the maximum number of news per site, maximum new length and you can even style the widget with some custom CSS.
Multiplayer Games Plugin
This free WordPress plugin allows you to easily add massively multiplayer online role-playing games to your website. After you install the plugin, all you have to do is use the shortcode to add the list of all available games to your site. You can further customize the list by displaying only the games you like, you can change their descriptions and even new ones. You can learn more about Multiplayer Games plugin on the official site.