The internet provides visitors with many different ways to find entertainment. MindJolt is another addition to the web based game collection. The site is a little different because it allows developers to create games and add them to the MindJolt list. The developer can monetize by earning money as users play their games. The game titles available generally fall into the casual or social genres. MindJolt features over 1,300 popular casual games and 20 million unique visitors from all over the internet. The site provides users with another way to enjoy free web based games while developers find a way to expand their earning potential and gain popularity through their games.
MindJolt was founded by Richard and Matt Fields in October of 2007. The site’s headquarters is found in San Francisco, California. The current team includes CEO Chris DeWolfe, COO Colin Digiaro, Vice President of Strategy Ravi Srivatsav Krishnamurthy, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Josh Yguado, Director Thomas Ball and advisors Joe Greenstein and Travis Katz.
The general purpose of Mind Jolt is not really a unique one. There are many websites that bring together large collections of web based entertainment to draw in users. While each unique game can garner a following, what really makes Mind Jolt appealing is where it gets its games. Developers can have their titles added to the list and earn money while doing so. Mind Jolt presents a great way for developers to increase the exposure and earning capability of their games through a large community of web based game players.
Mind Jolt uses a vibrant orange, red and green color scheme that makes the site seem playful and welcoming to newcomers. There are a few advertisements placed throughout, but these are generally well placed. Many web based game sites that offer free entertainment cram as many ads as possible into the layout. Mind Jolt seems to have just the right quantity to avoid becoming an annoyance. Users will have to sit through a short advertisement before playing a game, but the sound can be muted on these and the player provides a timer counting down so the user knows how long the ad will be.
Visitors can become Mind Jolt users by choosing one of two sign up methods. The first involves clicking a blue Facebook button found at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The user will have to provide their Facebook login details to continue. Those who do not wish to use Facebook can click the white “Sign Up” link just to the right of the Facebook button. The registration form asks for a username, password, gender, date of birth, email address, and country location.
Anyone can visit the Mind Jolt website and begin playing games for free. In fact, users do not have to login or register to begin playing games. Users who want their high scores recorded will have to login. Developers can actually earn money when their games are accepted and posted on the site.
Mind Jolt is great for two main groups. The first are developers of web based games who are looking to gain more exposure. The second are average users who are looking for a free, simple casual gaming experience.