Article by Helen Chapel
What are casual games?
As it is written at the official website of Casual Games Association, they are ‘developed for the general public and families, casual games are video games that are fun and easy to learn and play They’re nonviolent, arcade-style games that involve puzzles, words, board and card games, game show and trivia.’
I would rather say these games are developed just for fun. A casual game player does not need much room at his/her PC, much time, much money or super abilities to play them. Statistics shows that it is over 200 million people play casual games each month over the Internet, and women make up 51,7% of casual game players. Usually casual games are played at lunch time or in the evening to make a break after working hours, or just during a day to relax and switch from a day routine. A casual game is an isle of rest and enjoyment for a housewife while her children are at school or sleeping, it is a tool which can entertain a teen while he/she is waiting friends or traveling, a casual game is a source of few minutes rest and silence at office.
Arcade, puzzle, word, action, and card casual games are the most popular today. Of course, we cannot say that these are the most popular casual games genres, as there is no precise classification of games genres. There is a great amount of different genre mixes existing in this field, that is why to describe a casual game one can say: it is a match-3 with hidden objects elements and mini game, for instance.
Casual games can be played on personal computer, cell telephones and others. A player may find his or her favorite game through the Internet and play online, buy and download it, or it can be a “free-to-try” game. Today there are many portals and ordinary website who distribute casual games. They can be official websites of the games developers or just affiliate websites.
Let me give you some examples of casual games.
Speaking about casual games types I would like to tell a few words about arcade games. A game with fast action where hand-eye coordination is the primary skill needed to beat the game.
An example of a good arcade game can be 3D animated game Chewsters, brought by 3D Relax. The game of Chewsters is a funny casual game, in which a player needs to make groups of three or more aliens of the same color to make them disappear. The game features 50 original levels, each representing a real world city with a world famous skyline, with their real architecture and famous landmarks recreated in 3D.
Caribbean Riddle game from 3D Relax can be a spectacular example of match-three casual game with mini game. This is a love story about a poor journey man who fall in love with a girl of noble birth and who had to set sail to find a treasure. A player should be clever and quick to conquer all obstacles in the game. Save a fish from the carved golden cube and one more sea inhabitant will help a player to find the treasure!
These games are easy and pretty bobbish to play! You may find lots of awesome casual games through the Internet and I will tell you about them next time, but now I need to hurry up to play my beloved casual game out!
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