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One broad genre that has seen tremendous growth in recent years is casual games. These games are typically easy to learn, require relatively small downloads, and have a lot in common with browser-based titles. They are ideal for people who don't have much time to play, or can only play in short spurts. While many casual games are not free, the vast majority offer free demos.

Top Casual Cooking Games
For some reason, cooking translates really well to the world of videogames. That's probably why there are so many great cooking themed casual games out there. From the time management play of the Diner Dash series to the slicing and dicing mini-games of Cooking Mama, there's something for everyone. Here are some of the best games that are all...

Top Casual Zombie Games
Zombies are everywhere. The undead have shambled their way into our movies, books, comics, and even television shows. And casual games are not safe from the onslaught either. There are plenty of great games starring brain hungry zombies that will appeal to casual players. They're on Facebook, in browsers, and on download portals. And these are...

Spil Games' State of Gaming Report
We all know that online casual games are popular, but just how many people actually play them? According to a new report from game developer Spil Games, 40 percent of all internet users are playing these games.

8 Casual Games To Get You In The Holiday Spirit
November 28 2010 It's just about that time of year. Time to put up the tree and lights, brave the crowded mall in search of the perfect gift, and spend some time with family and friends. But if you're feeling a little bit like the Grinch, there are plenty of games that can get you into the right frame of mind. Whether you want to help Santa...

Q&A - Criminal Minds, The Video Game
We sit down with Ryan Modjeski, the producer of the upcoming video game based on the television drama Criminal Minds, to learn just what fans can expect when the game is released early next year.

The History of Hidden Object Games
HOGs are one of the most popular genres of casual games. And leading the way is Big Fish Games. Not only is the company leading the way with its very popular game portal, but its internal development studios are also making some of the best HOGs out there, including the pioneering Mystery Case Files series and, more recently, the very well...

Top Hidden Object Games
One of the most popular and ubiquitous casual gaming genres is the hidden object game (or HOG for short). These titles have players scouring scenery looking for all manner of unseen items. The problem is, because there are so many of these games, they can start to look very similar. This makes it tough to pick out the good from the bad. But whether you're new to the genre or have already found y…

8 Places To Find Casual Games
There are plenty of casual games out there, but sometimes actually finding something to play can be a chore. After all, unlike traditional games, you can't simply go out to a store and pick the latest hidden object game off the shelf. Thankfully there are plenty of online casual game portals that do all of the work for you, leaving you with just one decision: what should I play? Here are eight o…

Dream Chronicles Retrospective - Part 1
The Dream Chronicles trilogy is well regarded for many reasons. It features stunningly gorgeous still scenes to explore and plenty of brain racking puzzles to solve. But the three games also weave one heck of an intriguing fairy tale story. And with the fourth game in the series on the horizon, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look at what has happened so far. This time we'll be…

Dream Chronicles Retrospective - Part 2
We continue our look back at the Dream Chronicles series, today focusing on the second game, Dream Chronicles 2: The Chosen Child. Released one year after the original Dream Chronicles, the sequel continues Faye's journey to find her husband and daughter.

Dream Chronicles Retrospective - Part 3
In our final look back at the first Dream Chronicle trilogy, we explore the final entry, Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child. The game featured the same challenging mix of hidden object and adventure game, all wrapped up in the best visuals in the series to date. But more importantly, it also furthered the storyline and paved the way for the upcoming Dream Chronicles: The Book of Air, which is exp…

Top Time Management Games

If you're in the mood for something fun and fast paced, there's nothing better than a time management game. These titles have you juggling a heap of different tasks as quickly as possible, and will force you to do everything from cleaning tables and seating customers to building skating rinks and saving fallen skiers. Time management games are fun, challenging, and perfect for both quick spurts of gameplay, as well as more prolonged sessions. Here are some of the best titles that the genre has to offer.

Top Match-3 Puzzle Games
If you're into casual puzzle games, chances are you've come across one or two match-3 games throughout your journey. Or maybe a few dozen. The fact is, the sheer number of match-3 titles available makes it hard to separate the good from the bad. But we're here to help. What follows is a list of some of the best that the genre has to offer,...

Top Casual Adventure Games
January 27 2011 Point-and-click adventure games are one of the oldest and most beloved genres out there. They also helped influence and create one of the most popular types of casual games around: the hidden object game . But while HOGs may dominate the scene, there are still plenty of classic-style adventure games that are great for casual...

Top Casual Mac App Store Games
January 27 2011 Mac owners have long had it pretty rough when it comes to gaming. And while PCs still boast a much bigger library of titles to play, slowly but surely Macs are catching up. Especially when it comes to casual games. The newly launched Mac App Store features plenty of great games that are short, sweet, and easy to pick up and...

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