Facebook Files: What Casual Games Do You Play?

By Ishaan . October 10, 2010 . 10:30am


This week’s discussion is about casual games and which ones we play and like.


Ishaan wrote:

Whether or not many would like to admit it, casual games are here to stay and they’ve been an extremely important part of influencing game design for the better over the last few years. Developers are more dedicated now to streamlining controls than ever, even in their core games, and games like Peggle on the DS or iPhone are a great way to get your friends interested in your hobby.


A lot of us on Siliconera play casual games, too. Which ones have you checked and which do you enjoy?


Personally, I find myself playing a round or two of Yahoo Pool with a friend every now and then. Peggle also remains a favourite and Wii Sports is always fun to pull out occasionally, even if Sports Resort is the better game.


Anton wrote:

Do Solitaire and Tetris count as casual games? I still play those two from time to time. I’m racking my brain thinking of what else I play for casual games, but nothing else is springing to mind. Lately I haven’t really played anything unless I have at least an hour to sit down and absorb some story.


Oh, I’ve also started doing the crosswords in the paper every day. It’s sort of like a casual game, right?


Aara wrote:

Facebook Uno is what I’ve been rocking lately. It’s the perfect time-waster when work is boring me and the boss is in a meeting.


Tommy wrote:

Hmmm…. I play Solitaire, Freecell, and Spider on my own from time to time. I had a friend who challenged me to online pool a few months ago, but apparently I made too many lucky shots and now she’s afraid to play me.


I’m not sure if those Sudoku DS games count, but those are easier to carry around then books, and maybe overall cheaper than buying newspapers everyday. I’m not too sure about Mario Kart DS either, but I play that with the kids at my community center a lot. That’s about all I can think of.


Douglas wrote:

I’ve never really been able to get into a lot of the popular casual games like Peggle, I’d always get bored of it really quickly. But I can sink a good amount of time into time management games like Diner Dash and the iPod has plenty of them~


So, what casual games do you play? What platforms do you play them on? Which ones do you like and why? Fire away!

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  • I… don’t. I had to think about it for a while, but… I really don’t. The closest I can think of are these things called “board games” that were in style a while back, but they generally require these things called “people” in the same room as you. This can be problematic in the digital age.

    • People? You mean those things you see on Twitter all the time? Are they friendly?

  • malek86

    Uhm, I used to play a lot of Peggle and Puzzle Quest, and sometimes Zuma/Luxor. Right now, though, not much.

    Anyway, whenever I play any of those games, it’s on the PC. My PC is pretty much always on, so it’s easier for me to just start up a game. I can’t be bothered to fire up the console and the TV, especially because today’s console are kind of slow to start, and games don’t load too fast.

    Also because plasma screens don’t make it easy to play stationary games such as these ones. Sigh, I wish I had gotten that Puyo Puyo Anniversary on the PSP.

  • goronyan

    Is Poker a casual game?

  • Xeahnort

    I usually play Yu-gi-oh Tag force 4 or Gunpey while I’m on the bus.

  • ECM

    I really, really dislike this sequestering of games into “casual” and “hardcore” camps. They’re all games and, hell, 90% of “casual” games these days (on the big web portals for such), have bloody achievements and the like–that doesn’t sound very “casual” to me. (And don’t even get me started on where you draw the line separating casual from core.)

    • malek86

      I know, but admittedly it makes things easier.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      The game is only as “hardcore” as the player.

    • SolidusSnake

      I don’t get it the casual / hardcore concept at all. Back when I was a kid, playing Final Fantasy games on the super nes was pretty hardcore and nerdy, but nowadays bros and jocks playing Halo and Call of Duty are considered hardcore gamers.

      Honestly, my mom spends more time on farmville than I do on all of of my gaming systems combined, so does that make her more hardcore than me?

    • And don’t even get me started on where you draw the line separating casual from core.

      Yeah. The whole misguided attempt at separating games into “casual” and “hardcore” reeks of insecure, self-entitled “g4m3rz” being offended that types of games they don’t enjoy have the gall to exist.

      Or worse, that types of people they don’t want in the “g4m3r” club have an increasing presence in the gaming landscape—so they feel compelled to elevate themselves above the “casuals” by drawing some imaginary line in the sand.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I remember getting hooked on Big Bang Mini a while back but more often then not I do play Tetris from time to time.

  • well i do play COD once in a while

  • gatotsu911

    Honestly? None. For me it’s “hardcore” or nothing, baby.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    The definition of “casual” varies from person to person. From the way people play Farmville, that game is comparable to other “more respectable” MMOs. Many people consider Harvest Moon to be “casual”, but man that game can be deep. People who don’t play games often might not pick up Ridge Racer because it looks intimidating to play, but it’s really a one button racing game that relies on fairly imprecise timing. With a bit of practice, it’s even easier than Mario Kart (which, to some degree, can be quite hard)!

    Depth is deceptive, because some games are “easy to pick up, difficult to master”, and others are seemingly complex at first, but actually quite accessible once you grasp the core mechanic. Other times, you have to consider the player’s involvement. How dedicated or skilled is the player, and how much time does he/ she put into a game? Does that make the player “hardcore” or “casual”? Can a player be “casual” at a “hardcore” game, or “hardcore at a “casual” game? Thus, I don’t think it’s really necessary or fair to call either the games or players “hardcore” or “casual”.

  • Ereek

    Hmm.I don’t know if it’s “casual” (such a hard term to define) but I love SSX. I’m definitely not big on the genre otherwise and I can’t stand the hardcore fan-crowd of the series, but I really can’t get enough of the games. I hope we someday see another decent sequel.I bought a copy of Nintendogs when I first got my DS years ago. I had some fun with it, since it had my breed of preference in it (Min Pin) and I love puppies. I play Solitaire and Minesweeper if those count. Minesweeper is ridiculously easy to get addicted to, even after all these years.

  • Mullane

    I’ve never played any games by Casual, but it’s always good to hear of new devs.

  • None. I get bored by most of these type of games. I don’t really play casual games. They’re for cellphones, not console systems. I remember seeing Bejeweled 2 on the PSN and wondering who would actually pay money to play that?

  • HPN

    I tend to play games that blur the lines between causal and core like Bomberman, Worms and Echochrome.

  • mirumu

    I don’t really play any casual games. I’ve nothing against them in principle, but they really don’t do it for me. Usually takes less than 30 seconds or so before I’m bored out of my skull and want to stop playing.

    Maybe I’m off base here, I’m not meaning to dismiss such a large range of titles with a generalization, but a lot of them seem nothing more than ways to waste time that don’t give much quality enjoyment or entertainment back. I’d stress the quality as there’s plenty of things other than gaming that can keep us mildly entertained. There just always seems to be something else more rewarding or useful I could be doing instead.

  • Picross I guess. Though I give’r the hardcore treatment when I play 20-30 puzzles in a row…

  • Me? Meteos (I just discovered this recently, it is most amazing!), Tetris (GB only, please!), Puzzle Fighter (As unbalanced as it may be!), Wii Sports Resort (I love this game absolutely!), Nagical Drop 3 (Mega good! Got me into puzzle games, totally!)

    Actually, in a way, most of the games I play, I play casually… I mean, I play games to have some fun, maybe an enlightening experience or something, but if something frustrates me about a game a certain way, I just don’t play it!

    I’ve been learning recently, to really think about games I buy, and that maybe I don’t like games as much as I thought I did! Food for though, y’know?

    • Ereek

      Oh my, how could I forget Tetris? I’m not very good at it, but I still enjoy it.

      I wouldn’t immediately put the puzzle genre into “casual” though. Magical Drop 3 isn’t what I’d consider a “casual” game.

      • Yeah, I suppose that’s a large jump to conclusions.

        But what is a casual game, other than what you make it out to be? If I play Nobunaga’s Ambition to dick around and kill villagers, doesn’t that make it casual?

  • kupomogli

    Other than Texas Holdem, the only casual games(in video game format) that I play are minigames.

    XenoCard is an amazing. I’ve put more time into this than in the rest of Xenosaga together.

    I like casino games like Poker and Blackjack. Yakuza series and Persona have some good casinos(Persona has a better one with some other games too.)

    Texas Hodem is good but it sucks playing games with AI opponents(console/handheld titles.) The AI cheats and every AI opponent but the one with the best hand will fold and start betting before the flop and continue betting until the river.

  • RupanIII

    Um.. Minesweeper? Does that count?If casual is meant to mean the trendy Facebooky kind of minigames, then absolutely none. I just don’t see the appeal in that stuff, it seems like a chore.

  • kylehyde

    I only know that I miss the days when the labels “casual” or “hardcore” weren’t used in the videogame vocabulary.I hate the fact that many genres which were unique and doesn’t have as objective to kill something now are labeled as “casuals” and now every generic FPS is labeled as “hardcore”, unfortunately, the “casual” label has been asociated with many stigmas which are not very favourable and for that reason are avoided or critized with no justification by people who think that they belong to a non existent elite just because they play “hardcore” game.

    For me there are only games, and they could be good or bad depending and how much effort the developers put on it.

  • Day2Day

    Casual Games? Well, I play CoD from time to time…
    Actually, no I don’t.

  • ZomaNeko

    Lately I’ve been playing Wii sports actually. I’ve been doing the Level 3 Tennis training for about 20 to 40 minutes a sitting depending on how well I’m doing, and it’s pretty fun~

  • Joanna

    “Oh, I’ve also started doing the crosswords in the paper every day. It’s sort of like a casual game, right?”

    Oh me too. The crosswords and sudoku. It’s so addicting~

    As for “causal” games, which I am assuming mean games you play in short bursts, I’ve been playing a bit of Club House Games and Wii Sports from time to time.

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