its name and package graphics. They have a longer shelf life than this
month’s popular game. Publishers and developers can easily understand
the game’s concept and concentrate on the game’s features and graphics.
The best-selling casual games (listed by popularity) can be categorized
as:
n
Match three (Big Kahuna Reef 2, 10 Talismans, Amazonia, Bejeweled
2 Deluxe, Burger Rush)
n
Time management (Diner Dash, Cake Mania, Alice Greenfinger, Fash
-
ion Boutique)
n
Hidden object (Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, Hide and Secret)
n
Card and board (Monopoly: Here & Now, Governor of Poker, Risk,
Slingo Quest)
n
Simulation (Virtual Villagers, Fish Tycoon) and strategy (Clue Classic,
Build-a-lot)
n
Shoot three or marble popper (Luxor 2, Sparkle, Inca Ball)
n Adventure (Super Granny 3, Tradewinds Caravan, Agatha Christie:
Peril at End House)
n Object inlay or brain teaser (Hidden Wonders of the Depths) and word
(Scrabble)
Top-Selling Casual Games
2006
PC: Egyptian Addition, Scrubbles, Blast Miner, TubeTwist,
Eets: Hunger. It’s Emotional
Nintendo DS: Clubhouse Games
Wireless: Bomb Jack, Elfin Forest, Ice Age 2: Arctic Slide,
Magnetic Joe
2007
PC: Pathstorm, Words Kingdom, Sally’s Salon, Chocolate
Castle, Peggle, Diner Dash: Flo on the Go, Professor
Fizzwiggle and the Molten Mystery, Secret of Bird
Island, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst, Prism: Light
the Way, Bookworm Adventures
Nintendo DS: Cake Mania, New York Times Crosswords, Prism: Light
the Way, Planet Puzzle League, Nervous Brickdown,
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Wireless: Prism: Light the Way
2008
PC: Fashion Solitaire, Sling-Do-Ku, Jojo’s Fashion Show,
Peggle Nights, Bejeweled Twist, Chocolatier 2: Secret
Ingredients
Mac: Chocolatier 2: Secret Ingredients
Game Genres 41
Chapter 3

Get Game Design Foundations, 2nd Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.