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Delilah Rehm
12-17-2007, 02:37 PM
Iíve tried some demos and bought a few casual games over the years. Hereís a run down:

Feeding Frenzy Ė Youíre a fish swimming around (follows the mouse) a big tank trying to eat little fish while avoiding being eaten by bigger fish. I liked it, but didnít buy it.

Tradewinds Ė I liked figuring out how to make money in this game, and I was good at it. The graphics are real simple, but itís still fun. I never used some of the features like tips at the tavern. I didnít buy this game.

Diner Dash Ė Of the three (including the first two), this is the game that won my heart and opened my pocket book sometime last year. I really like waiting tables and scoring expert on every level.

Diner Dash 2 Ė Saw it at Walmart and bought it.

Wedding Dash Ė Now a days, there are many new diner dash-esque games, and Wedding Dash is a good one. I played the demo a few times, and helped my daughter play the demo. I was very good at this game, however, any replay was exactly the same. So I didnít buy it.

Cute Knight Ė Steven wanted me to try a casual game in our genre, so I tried the demo. Unfortunately, I didnít get to The End in the demo, so when I bought the game I didnít realize how short it is. You donít have time to dilly-dally and win. On the other hand, there are different endings that are fun to explore.

Farm Frenzy- Iím on the Play Firstís (creators of Diner Dash) newslist, and so after reading about Farm Frenzy and playing the demo, I bought it. Sometimes itís tricky to get the win requirements in a gold or silver timeframe, but you still get a win if you canít.

Are there any cool casual games out there Iím missing? I suspect itís hard to hear about them if they donít land on MSN, Yahoo, or the like. Anything else in RPG land?

Delilah Rehm
12-17-2007, 02:39 PM
Just this weekend, I played Virtual Villager and Virtual Villager 2. They looked so cool at first... and then I was BORED! I'd realy like a game like this, with less virtual and more actually playing it involved.

Delve
12-17-2007, 03:00 PM
Hmm. First post around here and I'm posting someone else's game. But you asked for it :)

For a casual RPG I like Fastcrawl (http://www.pawleyscape.com/fastcrawl/).

Delilah Rehm
12-17-2007, 03:20 PM
Hahaha! I'll try that one. :)

There are many hours I want to play games, and as much as I love Depths of Peril, sometimes I want to have a bit of variety.

Kruztee
12-18-2007, 09:55 AM
I'm hooked on this at the moment.

http://www.armadillorun.com/

Gir
01-04-2008, 02:18 PM
Excuse the thread necromancy, but here are some of my favorites:

FATE (http://www.playfate.com): Diablo-style, a bit cartoony, but nearly infinite adventuring; you can go several hundred million randomized levels deep before the numbers in the game mechanics break. Casual for an Action RPG.

Smugglers 3 (http://www.nielsbauergames.com/smugglers3.html): A fun turn-based space adventure. Doesn't take too long to get to the top of the food chain. The 4th game in the series is coming soon.

Weird Worlds (http://www.shrapnelgames.com/digital_eel/Weird_worlds/1.htm): Another awesome space adventure. Snacky, quick-playing, and very moddable.

FizzBall (http://grubbygames.com/fizzball): Something between Breakout and Katamari Damacy. Can get a little hectic, but lots of fun.

Toribash (http://www.toribash.com): NOT family-friendly. Turn-based bloody fighting game with strong emphasis on physics and proper control of muscle groups.

Delve
01-04-2008, 03:03 PM
Anyone who can figure out how to actually accomplish anything useful in Toribash is old enough to play it. ;)

(No, not literally, but it isn't something your 8 year old is liable to be doing anytime soon)

ShaggyMoose
01-04-2008, 03:10 PM
Not exactly sure if it fits in the "casual" category, but like DoP you can achieve something useful in only ten or twenty minutes. Space Crusaders 2 is a turn based space exploration/trading/fighting game. Its difficult to describe, because like DoP it is a mix of genres. Besides the main game, there are a number of subgames which include an RTS with customizable robots, puzzles and even text adventures! It also has a randomised universe, dynamic economy and missions and a upgrade treadmill that hooks you in horribly.

Kruztee
01-04-2008, 04:19 PM
If you like solitaire card games and are into golf (and who isn't:p) try Fairway Solitaire (http://www.bigfishgames.com/download-games/2427/fairway-solitaire/index.html). It's been gobbling up hours of mine lately...:rolleyes:

Gir
01-04-2008, 04:54 PM
Not exactly sure if it fits in the "casual" category, but like DoP you can achieve something useful in only ten or twenty minutes. Space Crusaders 2 is a turn based space exploration/trading/fighting game. Its difficult to describe, because like DoP it is a mix of genres. Besides the main game, there are a number of subgames which include an RTS with customizable robots, puzzles and even text adventures! It also has a randomised universe, dynamic economy and missions and a upgrade treadmill that hooks you in horribly.

Ah! Space Rangers 2! That game is awesome. Great mix of genres.

Too bad the US/UK players only got about a third of the patches the Russian players were privvy to, although there are rumors of a Space Rangers 2 Special Edition coming out soon that might have all of the rest...

Delilah Rehm
01-07-2008, 11:36 AM
Golf? :confused: I never thought I'd like a golf game until I was forced to play Wii Sports Golf over the holidays. I really liked it!

Wow! You guys have come up with a lot of games. I guess I won't be bored on the weekends any time soon. Err... Now if I can stop getting sucked into books (currently Master of Dragons by Margaret Weis), I can get some serious gaming time in. :D

ShaggyMoose
01-07-2008, 01:40 PM
If you haven't read Deathgate Cycle books yet, you can get hooked on that series next.:D

Shadow
01-07-2008, 02:33 PM
Delilah and I have both read the Deathgate Cycle. Very cool fantasy books, especially if you like Weis and/or Hickman.

Delilah Rehm
01-07-2008, 05:53 PM
I even named my cat Alake after an elf girl. I plan to someday name a big dog Haplo. I just love Haplo.

StealthBunny
01-11-2008, 10:54 PM
I like just about anything from Aramanth Games, esp Aveyond, although I haven't tried the 2nd one yet. She has a freebie there that is a prequal to Aveyond as well. Grimm's Hatchery was also a hoot, rather like a fantasy version of Insaniquarium, which is another favorite and was the first video game I had bought in almost 20 years. (How can you not like fish that poop money and gemstones and fighting off underwater aliens?)

The Cake Mania series and Roller Rush are very similar to Diner Dash. Roller Rush is set in a 50s drive-in roller-skate diner. Cake Mania is a bakery with some very... strange customers.

Puzzle Quest is a match-three fantasy quest game that ate up the most chunks of my time before I found DoP.

There's a site called game.giveawayoftheday.com that offers a free casual game every day, as a way to get reviews and exposure for new (and sometimes not-so-new) games. Sometimes the games are pretty cheezy, but there are also some gems that make their way through. And the price is right.

stumbler
01-15-2008, 09:06 AM
If you like the Tribe Strategy in Depths of Peril, you may get kick out of Democracy 2. Trying to keep the people happy is a real challenge!

I'm supposing it is a casual game because you can finish a single game in a hour or two.

It was one of the finalists for Best AI in an Independent Game, along with Depths of Peril!

Taleana
01-16-2008, 08:51 PM
Wow, some of my favorite games have been mentioned here, Diner Dash, FATE, etc. But I'd also like to add to the list:

Kudos (http://www.positech.co.uk/kudos/index.html) is a lot of fun. I haven't played it in a while...too many books and Depths of Peril and Hellgate:London have been dominating my time (when I surface from the world that is the Sims 2)

I've also recently got sucked into another 'series' of games called Dream Day: Wedding, Dream Day Honeymoon, and the newest...Dream Day: First Home. If you don't like 'hide and seek' games...this isn't for you. A few people I know would tell you I'm a masochist when it comes to those kinds of games (I have to at least TRY all of them...and yes, I do mean ALL of them)

Mythos is another game I've really taken a shine to. It's still in beta at the moment, but it's very FATE-esque (the guy that created FATE has his hands in this one) and the more I play the more it reminds me of Diablo II...I miss that game.

There's my two cents worth! :D