Bringing Web-based games to your desktop

In a partnership launched today, will now offer desktop versions of games formerly exclusive to social networks.

CNET, social gaming company Kabam, and Sweetlabs, makers of Pokki, have teamed up to bring Windows users full-screen desktop versions of four popular (formerly) social network-based games.

Formerly only available on a Web browser, users would need to log in to social sites to play. With this launch using Pokki, the games require neither a Web browser nor a connection to social networking sites--these new Pokki desktop apps let you experience The Godfather: Five Families, Dragons of Atlantis, Edgeworld, and Thirst of Night in full screen on your Windows PC.

Teaming up with Pokki and Kabam brings apps that were once designed exclusively for the Web, but are now downloadable to your desktop. In June 2011, SweetLabs launched Pokki, an application platform that brought the "app" experience to desktop computers, enabling developers to create desktop applications using standard Web languages like HTML5. Kabam was already a successful player in the Web-based social gaming market, but your only option was to sign in through social networks to play the games. Launching at brings it all together, and gets the games in front of a large user base with no hassle.

Downloading a game above automatically installs Pokki so you have almost instant access to the new games. With Pokki's new full-screen capabilities, this means you'll be able to play in a distraction-free environment and experience these standalone games in a way that wasn't possible before.

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Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.