I guess the elephant in the room to address here is what is a casual game? The easiest way to identify a casual game is in its simplicity. A casual game has a simple interface, its fun and easy to play, and usually the session times are much less shorter than the hardcore games that are out there.
You will find a lot of these games on betting sites across the UK due to how simple and easy in nature they are to learn and play, and because of how short they are. For example, 3 of a kind is a casual game, as are most card games. Slot games, puzzle games and word games are all types of casual games.
Bejeweled (Puzzle Game)
The first casual game you need to try if you haven’t is Bejeweled, a game that first hit our browsers back in 2001 but due to its addictive game play has seen the game downloaded over 150 million times, and sold over 10 million copies. So what makes this game so fun to play? The goal is to clear gems of the same colour from the grid which will then cause a chain reaction, exploding all the gems of that colour and then moving more gems into the grid view. There are two play modes, the time trial and the normal mode.
In the normal mode a player has to fill up the green progress bar at the bottom of the screen, which they do by matching up gems. As the progress bar fills up to full a new level will come onto screen. The idea is to get the most points and advance through all of the levels. The game will come to an end if no moves are left to complete.
The time trial mode is fairly similar, except if no more moves are available a new board will be presented rather than a game over screen. The player will also need to keep the progress bar filled as high as possible and stop it from depleting.
Plants vs Zombies (Arcade Action Game)
The next popular casual game you may have heard of before, it was launched in 2009 and goes by the name Plants vs Zombies, with the 3rd version of this game being released in 2020.
The game is set during a zombie apocalypse and it is your job to defend your home against the mass of zombies who are approaching it. The plants part of the game comes in as your defence, as projectiles from these plants hit the zombies to destroy them. If a zombie gets to your house, the game is over.
This particular casual game has quite a few different game modes which includes the main adventure mode, mini games, puzzles, survival mode and zen garden. The latter being a place where players can care for any plants that they have in their inventory.
Aztec Spins (Slot Game)
What is one of the biggest incentives to get people playing on betting sites? The answer is offering something free, something fun, and something that can allow the customer to win. It’s a win-win-win situation! And one of the main incentives comes as part of offers that involve free spins without the need to wager or deposit any kind of money.
In the heart of a jungle you will discover an Aztec Wheel which you will spin for your chance to collect fantastic trophies, bonus rounds and huge jackpots.
With so many online betting companies and casinos seeing the benefits of this method of approach to enticing customers in through their front doors, it’s hard to see which ones offer the best new customer deals. But luckily, Mr Gamble has a dedicated section on the best free spins no deposit offers knocking around at the moment.
So where do you usually find free spins? Well generally these are applied to slot games and the amount of free spins vary by company to company. On the Mr Gamble site they update the best new deals on a daily basis and at the time of writing BetFair offer 50 free spins with no deposit needed and no wagering requirements. Essentially allowing a customer to spin 50 times at £0.10 per spin, and whatever is won, is kept.
There are plenty of more games we could include here from all variations of game genres, such as space invaders to pacman, but these three games are certainly some of the more addictive games of the last 10 to 20 years.
Craig Timmins is a blogger who enjoys to cover topics that encompass all things that are iOS and Android related. He can be found on Twitter most days, so if you have any questions – ask away!