Casual Game News

Most games are good for kids, but violent video games are still bad

Jul 30, 2010

Not all games are bad for kids. Or, so says Scott Steinberg and a litany of game experts, in his latest article for CNN, “Why does the media still think video games are bad for kids?” I totally agree, but when it comes to violent games, is that really the point?

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Win a copy of HexaLex for the iPhone!

Jul 30, 2010

Love Scrabble, but wish it had the challenge of six-sided playing pieces? We're giving away 10 copies of HexaLex for the iPhone this weekend. Want to win? Just become a member of our Facebook Fan Page, tell us your favorite word, and we'll select 10 winners at random on Monday morning. Good luck!

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SimCity Deluxe, We Farm and more! New iPhone Games This Week

Jul 30, 2010

Each week hundreds of new games hit the App Store, vying for your dollars. Join us every Friday as we sort through the pile and let you know which games should be on your radar. This week’s releases include a hook climbing experience from the makers of Canabalt, the latest version of the original city simulator, a brand new farming experience from ngmoco, and more!

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Point-and-Click Week, massive farming games sale, and more

Jul 30, 2010

It's Point-and-Click Week at GamersGate so if there are some adventure games missing from your collection now might be a good time to snap them up for 50% to 75% off. If farming is more your thing, Youda Games has put all farm games on its site (from Farm Mania to Farm Frenzy on sale. Keep reading for the complete list of download deals from around the Web.

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Finding the heart of a vampire inside the chest of a debutante: An interview with BigStack Studios’ Dan Kratt

Jul 30, 2010

Having worked on games like Sally’s Salon and Sally’s Spa before forming their own development house, the team at BigStack Studios really thought they understood the casual female audience. Despite this pedigree, their portable time management game Hottie Hookups failed to capture the market they were looking for. Rather than accept defeat, BigStack took their game back to the drawing board to re-invent it for a whole new audience: vampire fans.

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Magnifusion, Highborn and more! Free iPhone Games for July 30, 2010

Jul 30, 2010

Free games are all around us, but they may not be as easy to find as you’d think. We help you sort through the App Store to find the latest price drops and limited time offers so that you won’t have to spend a penny. Today’s free games include a bubble-merging puzzler, a Qix-alike, three sheep breaking out of a farm, and more!

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PopCap releases Plants vs Zombies Game of the Year Edition

Jul 29, 2010

PopCap has just launched a special Game of the Year edition of its smash hit tower defense game Plants vs Zombies for PC and Mac. According to PopCap, the special edition is "packed with all the zombie-zapping fun of the original game" plus updated and expanded with 20 new achievements and the interactive Zombatar that lets you create your very own zombie then see it come to "life" in the game. You can grab the PvZ GotY Edition from PopCap for $19.95.

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Save the Date: Wedding Dash 4-Ever launching Aug. 10

Jul 29, 2010

PlayFirst has just announced that Wedding Dash 4-Ever, the next game in PlayFirst's Wedding Dash series of time management games, will launch on Aug. 10. Players will help guide Quinn through another hectic season of wedding planning while putting up with interference from Quinn's meddling mother.

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Playdom signs up with Facebook Credits as the inevitable becomes reality

Jul 29, 2010

Another one bites the dust. Playdom has announced that they have signed a 5-year exclusive deal to use Facebook Credits as virtual currency, according to Inside Social Games.

What’s significant about this news is that it is even news itself. When Facebook announced the existence of Facebook Credits last year, it was inevitable that it would become the standard virtual currency for social games.

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Michael Jackson moonwalks out of Plants vs Zombies

Jul 29, 2010

While gamers around the world were tickled pink to do battle with a Thriller-era Michael Jackson in Plants vs Zombies, the family of the late great King of Pop is less than “thrilled” with the parody. Due to an objection from the estate of the deceased, the dancing zombie we’ve come to know and love has been removed from the iPhone version of the game, with other versions to follow.

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