With a tremendously magical atmosphere and gripping story, Drawn: The Painted Tower was one of the most polished and enjoyable puzzle adventure games we've played in a long time. It set the bar very high for the casual gaming world, and few other titles have come close to delivering such an enchanting experience. We're pleased to report the highly anticipated sequel, Drawn: Dark Flight is every bit as spectacular as the first game…and then some.
- For many people, getting married can be one of the happiest moments of their lives, but the amount of planning and preparation that goes into making the big day perfect can bring with it a tremendous amount of pressure. People get so stressed out that they break down and hire a wedding planner. It's no wonder that business is booming for Quinn in Wedding Dash 4-Ever, the newest installment in PlayFirst's popular wedding-themed Diner Dash spinoff franchise.
- Phantom hauntings and malevolent ghosts are typically explored in grisly horror films and creepier flicks, but the iconic Ghostbusters films of the 1980s put a funny spin on paranormal activity that made the subject more digestible to younger audiences. While games with movie tie-ins seem to have a bad habit of flopping miserably, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is among the first I've encountered that really manages to nail down and masterfully emulate everything that's so great about the films it draws inspiration from.
- Like a lot of folks looking for their first job, I started off with an obligatory stint of burger flipping at a part-time fast food gig back in high school. I've experienced the insane chaos that can come with serving greasy grub to lines of hungry customers with short fuses. Burger Bustle nicely emulates the semi-stressful vibe of busy burger joint action and the inevitable fun that builds when you get into a steady groove. It also incorporates a few interesting twists that other restaurant-themed time management games don't have.
- In the real estate world, house flipping is just a cool way of saying you're going to buy a piece of junk property, fix it up so it's shiny and new, and then re-sell it for a profit. HipSoft's popular Build-a-lot games have successfully taken the concept and turned it into an addictive casual strategy series. Earlier installments have you working your property mogul mojo in modern times, with installments focusing on international travel, clean energy, and building award-wining towns. The series' fifth game, Build-a-lot: The Elizabethan Era, switches things up by journeying back in time.
- Bugs are nasty little critters, but they can also get pretty nasty with each other when the need arises. Squabbling over resources and mounting tensions between rival hives leads to war in BugBits, a real-time strategy game revolving around the insect world and the need to gather nectar to stay alive. Sending out troops to forage for precious nectar, defending your hive from attack, rescuing captured comrades, and mounting assaults on your own on enemy hives grows into an absorbing cycle of fun.
- Even for those who love what they do, everyone needs a break from the daily grind of work now and then. If a tropical getaway sounds like a blast right now, you're not alone. After getting her hands dirty building up a bustling farmer's market from scratch in order to save the ailing flower nursery she works in Ranch Rush, Sara sets her sights on some fun in the sun. Though her island getaway in Ranch Rush 2 isn't entirely a work-free vacation, a trip to warmer climates brings with it some excellent new opportunities for fun in this highly enjoyable sequel.
- After working on the violent and mature themed Hitman game, two members of the development team switched gears and embarked on a journey into the casual gaming world by forming The Game Equation. Following a similar theme of change, the studio's 2008 debut Deep Blue Sea blended match-three style gameplay with a tale about an advertizing executive named Jessica who ditches her day job to become a deep sea treasure hunter. Two years of polish and hard work have made their follow-up aquatic puzzle adventure all the more impressive.