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Posts tagged “casual”

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Castle – Never Judge A Book By Its Cover review

I am not here. I’m back to full-time on RPS in a month, in the meantime up to all manner of secret projects the likes of which would make you far too excited. And in my time away, I’ve not had cause to worry one bit about my co-owned business, in the hands of my phenomenally talented colleagues. Well, until I noticed something pretty serious…

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Plant Vs. Zombies: Farm For Your Life

First of all, I'm bringing you the most important news: there's a game whose name is Farm For Your Life. Let's not let that get buried under any other information I might provide after this point. Farm For Your Life. Other interesting factors, albeit ones that pale in comparison, are that you can buy it right now, or... earn it for free.

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Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of Dementia

What is it with games and classic literature? Ever since I've been doing this ridiculous job, I've been plagued by the utter nonsense of companies who take a 19th century novel, then tear half the pages out and replace them with a child's home-made comics about aliens. It's as if there's a wanton conspiracy to ensure that anything that might be a serious work of…

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Wot I Think: Dark Strokes – Sins Of The Father

I feel a weight of the pointlessness of trying to convince a hardcore gaming audience to give their money and time to a casual game. Clearly there's a lot of prejudice, a lot of it earned by the crappy nature of so much of the casual market, the rest I'd argue pure snobbishness on the part of gamers. Obvious breakthrough exceptions, invariably published by PopCap,…

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Monster Munch: Dead Hungry Diner Demo

If you were attempting to find casual gaming gold, you might well think about trying to create a game at the midpoint of Plants Vs. Zombies and Diner Dash. That's pretty much what Black Market Games (created by a group formerly from Dark Water Games, they of Dogfighter) have done, with Dead Hungry Diner. A game in which two canny orphan twins realise the best…

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Majesty: HHiiddeenn OObbjjeecctt IInn 33DD

The other day I was arguing that all new game trends trend toward adventure. What I'm saying is, adventure gaming is the natural form of game, to which all games aspire. And so it is that the infinitude of the casual gaming market is all gradually forming itself from a void into a desire to be adventures. They've just got to take that one leap…

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Proto-Adventure: Pahelika Revelations Demo

I have a theory. If you took some babies, raised them isolation - perhaps on the Moon - and gave them no cultural input at all, they'd still eventually develop adventure games. They're like an inevitability, an unavoidable direction for things to head toward. Don't believe me? Look what's happening to the so-called casual market, as every game type starts morphing into proto-adventuring. You can't…

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Give This A Go: Tiny Bang Story Now £7

Gosh, this is excellent news. When I first wrote about indie puzzle/adventure The Tiny Bang Story I wanted only to sing its praises, but I was held back by what seemed just too high a fee for such a short game. I'm so delighted to say that the game has been relaunched on Steam, now at the perfect price of £7, and there's even a…

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Preview: Python’s The Ministry Of Silly Games

We don't often cover Facebook games on RPS. I've a feeling that's going to start changing as they become more involved, more inspired, and less like another Farmville clone. And one example of a bit more imagination going into a game is The Ministry Of Silly Games, an official Monty Python-themed project that seems to combine about seven hundred and sixteen genres.

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Bejeweled 3: Bejewelier

I've just done some made up maths, and by my calculations every single human being on Earth has bought Bejeweled at least twice, even though Zoo Keeper is way better. It's by far the most widely known match-3 game, and has made PopCap richer than God. Then came the rather improved Bejeweled 2. And next the wildly missing the point Bejewled Twist. Today they've announced…

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PopCap Unveils Zuma’s Revenge

PopCap have just released the chains holding us back from letting you know they've a new game on the way. A follow up to Zuma, called Zuma's Revenge, it's a reinvention of the frog-spitting ball-matching puzzler that PopCap say has lots of new bits and bobs in fancy new graphics. New modes, new mechanics and new power-ups. Possibly new contention from Puzzloop fans. The original…

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Magical Spell: Bookworm Adventures 2 Announced

I don't mean to be controversial, but I think all people who prefer Peggle over Bookworm Adventures should be sliced into ham and banished to the moon. Wait, no, that's not true. I do mean to be controversial. Because of course it's ridiculous to even compare the two games, just because they're from the same developer. One is a game about bouncing a ball and…

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As You Wish

The demo of casual-me-do incarnation of The Princess Bride is available for your trialing pleasure. Worldwide Biggies' release is a kids' game, and being casual, of course it's all very familiar. By some sort of miracle there's no match-3, but the other two staples are present and correct. It does, however, feature some original cast members. Details below.

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Ancient Quest of Saqqarah

With one of the most confusing press releases ever, Game Club Cafe have announced the "soft release" of their latest casual-em-up, Ancient Quest of Saqqarah. "Yes, that's right! Khufu says that the soft launch of our major puzzle game is today! He may be a blue magical monkey, but he's hardly a liar." It begins. Fortunately, the game itself is a lot simpler, and rather…

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Mystery P.I: The Acceptable Face Of The Pixel Hunt

Bearing in mind I make a career out of slating crappy adventure games forcing you to hunt for one sodding pixel in the middle of a busy screen before you can advance to the next tedious conversation and discover you were supposed to click the clipboard on the fridge before the Captain would give you the next assignment, or whatever backwoods misery it may be,…

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