Earlier this week, Pogo switched Poppit! to what they call an “embedded game”. This means that instead of playing Poppit! in a pop-up window, it will be loaded in the same web browser window instead.
This is just the beginning of at least several (if not all) Pogo games that will be changed to the embedded format; recently-released games are in the embedded format and future games will be as well. Watch for First Class Solitaire, Crossword Cove, and Sweet Tooth 2 next, some users may already see the new pages.
This change is going to take a little time to get used to, but there are some tips and tricks you can use that may make the transition easier. Here’s some information on playing an embedded game and choosing a room, your privacy, hiding the clutter, and playing in a separate window.
Playing a Game and Choosing a Room
This is what the new embedded games page looks like. To play any embedded game, click on “Start Game” (#1).
If the game has chat, clicking “Start Game” will randomly place you in one of the chat rooms. You can still choose your own chat room. If you’d prefer to choose a chat room, click on either “choose a chat room” below the Start Game button (#2) or the “Chat Rooms” tab (#3).
From there, you’ll choose your room type (these are the same as the old Room Tabs) and choose a room from the list below, which you can now sort according to your own preferences: alphabetically, friends in room, et cetera.
Click on the room name and your game will load above.
If you do not want people who are not on your friends list to see when you last played and if you’re currently playing, you can prevent them from seeing it by adjusting your friends list settings.
Scroll to the bottom of your friends list and click on “Blocked Players List”.
At the bottom of the page, click the checkbox that says “Show my current location to players on my Friends List only”.
Now only people on your friends list will see your activity.
Hiding the Clutter
One of the biggest complaints about this new format is that it feels cluttered to have all of the extras around the game window. One of the workarounds is to resize your browser window so all you see is the game.
Play in a Window
If you really want to play your game in a separate window, you can use your browser’s “new window” feature to move your game tab to its own window. For example, in Firefox, right-click on the tab and choose “Move to New Window”.
You can also just drag the tab out of the tab area and it will become its own window, as you would in Chrome. Another option is to open a new window (with control-n) and visit Pogo in it separately.
Once you’ve got your game in its own separate window, just resize it (as described in “Hiding the Clutter” above) to your liking.