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Hey, Relax, They’re Casual

Casual games? Forget that silly old name – we’ve found a new one!

OMNI-GAMES!

Coined by a new Scottish site – cobimobi – it’s the work of Cobra Mobile, a company that previously only released games for your telephone. Now they are creating games that work on formats from the PC to the iPod, hence the grand name.

Wow, so the colours match up you say? Call the patent office!

There are two games so far, with another teased on the site. Each has a 45 minute trial offer (blimey – only 45 minutes? PopCap et al offer an hour!), and of the two you should definitely try Numba. Because the other, Cobi Treasure Deluxe, is yet another Columns clone. Really – if you’re launching a brand new games service, maybe don’t have Columns as your first game, even if it does have the certainly beneficial inclusion of Sally The Seahorse.

Sucks to the innumerate.

Numba, however, is much better news. It’s a simple puzzle idea, pleasingly executed. There’s a large grid of numbers, and you need to clear them away by finding lines that make patterns. These could be as simple as finding a row of 2s, or as complex as spotting a Fibonacci sequence. As you progress, lots more elements are added in, including traditional puzzle nonsense like burning tiles and jumbling bonuses. And then the numbers start getting more peculiar. It’s certainly worth looking at the free trial.

Meanwhile:

OMNI-GAMES!

Chuzzle Saved My Family

A survey conducted by PopCap (those responsible for the excellent Bookworm Adventures and the AVERAGE Peggle) has learned that Casual Games will solve all the problems of the world, and cure all diseases.

Or indeed that they help families bond. Which is rather lovely, really.

The survey, conducted for PopCap by the Information Solutions Group, was the largest ever worldwide survey of casual computer game players, apparently. And it found that,

“70% of ‘family gamers’ believe casual games provide educational benefits to their children/grandchildren – with greatest benefits of gameplay identified as learning, stress relief and hand-eye coordination.”

The report goes on,

“In stark contrast to traditional perceptions of computer gaming, parents/grandparents said casual games helped them bond with their children/grandchildren (92%) and mentioned the following casual game benefits for children/grandchildren:

· 68% cited Hand-eye coordination/Manual dexterity

· 60% cited Learning (pattern recognition, resource allocation, spelling, etc.)

· 51% cited Mental workouts/Cognitive exercise

· 48% cited Memory strengthening

· 44% cited Stress relief/Relaxation

· 37% cited Positive affirmation/Confidence building”

Bear in mind that this was a survey paid for by the most well known casual games publisher in the biz, so perhaps sprinkle salt. But otherwise: Games cure cancer!

The rest of the report is below the clickyjump.

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