There were plenty of interesting casual game headlines to report this week. Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate is no longer exclusive to – you now can get it on other online portals as well as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and other retail stores. Reflexive’s Russell Carroll shares some shocking game piracy figures in his latest Gamasutra column. Sean Ryan has some interesting reflections on the recent Casual Connect Europe conference in Amsterdam, and don’t forget Gamezebo’s interview with game designer Georgina Bensley of Hanako Games, the creator of Cute Knight and Fatal Hearts.


  • Big Fish Games announces worldwide release of Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate

  • TwoFish announces micro-transaction engine for games

  • EA announces first Hasbro titles in development

  • Icy Tower developer gets acquired

  • 7Seas Technologies buys game portal


  • Interview with Georgina Bensley, Hanako Games

  • Casual Games and Piracy: The Truth

  • The Downside Of The Casual Games Boom

  • Casual Connect AMS 2008 Thoughts – Upcoming Pain & Opportunity – Part 1

  • Casual Connect AMS 2008 – Part 2 – The Opportunity

  • Our Inevitable Episodic Future

  • Q&A: GameTap’s Sanchez On The Three Episodic Rules

  • Show Me The Money: Financing Casual Games

  • Beyond Hardcore: A Look At Casual Gaming, Part II

  • Game On: Zynga and SGN Battle For Social Gaming Developers

  • Just Click the Mouse. Follow the Cursor. You Are Calm. You Feel Good.