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Casual Games 2016 #1049454
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Here is your chance to share your favorite casual games with others and help them enjoy the best of the best!

Please list your top 20 favorite casual games, any genre, any year (the more current the better), in alphabetical order (please and thank you) and submit them in this thread anytime between now and February 15th, 2016.

I'll add a new twist this year and let you name 5 top series that you may want to recommend as well. Please list those separate from the individual but you can post them in the same post.

Please do not edit once you have submitted your list because they will be recorded as they are posted. If you want to add a game and you didn't choose 20 the first time, PM me first to let me know you are doing that and then you can post again. You cannot exceed 20.

I hope to see lots of entries, the list is a wonderful resource for those looking to branch out into casuals or to give you new ideas of games to check out in case you missed them.

We will not be separating the games into categories, so no need to be specific as to the genre.

Have fun thinking of your lists and looking forward to seeing all of your favorites.

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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1049490
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Thank you BrownEyedTiger for doing this, here is my list for this year, again a tough choice as to witch ones to leave out:

Amaranthine Voyage - The Orb of Purity
Beyond - Light Advent CE
Dark Dimensions - Shadow Pirouette CE
Echoes of the Past - The Kingdom of Despair CE
Final Cut - Fade to Black CE
Grim Tales - The Final Suspect CE
Grim Tales - Threads of Destiny
Haunted Hotel – Eternity
Haunted Hotel - Phoenix CE
Hidden Expedition - Dawn of Prosperity CE
Mystery Case Files - Key to Ravenhearst CE
New York Mysteries - High Voltage
Paranormal Pursuit - The Gifted One
Phantasmat - Behind the Mask CE
Riddles of Fate - Memento Mori
Spirit of Revenge - Gem Fury CE
Surface - Return to Another World CE
The Curio Society - Eclipse Over Mesina CE
The Emptiness
The Last Dream

Top 5 Series

Dark Dimensions
Final Cut
Grim Tales
Haunted Hotel
New York Mysteries

Hard to choose just 5 top series out of the bunch but thanks for including series in the list.

Take care
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Casual List:
Agency of Anomalies: Cinderstone Orphanage
Break the Curse: Crimson Gems
Calavera Day of the Dead
Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
Death and Betrayal in Romania: A Dana Knightstone
Emberwing
Grim Tales: The Legacy
Grim Tales: Color of Fright
Grim Tales: Bloody Mary
Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward
Journey: Heart of Gaia
Margrave: Curse of the Severed Heart
Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate’s Carnival
Myths of the World: Of Fiends and Fairies
New York Mysteries: Secrets of the Mafia
Riddles of Fate: Wild Hunt
Timeless: The Lost Castle



Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: 8dognight] #1049627
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OK. Here's just a few of mine. And many thanks, BrownEyedTigre, for allowing a series to be listed.

Made things easier !! laugh

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A few individual games :

Death Under Tuscan Skies: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Jewel Match Twilight
Legend of Gallant
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles
The Lost Cases of 221B Baker St.

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Series :

Dark Parables
Dead Reckoning
Final Cut
Haunted Hotel
Vampire Saga


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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: Mad] #1049638
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Beyond: Light Advent
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome
Dark Realm: Princess of Ice
Emberwing: Lost Legacy
Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood
Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town
Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward
Lake House: Children of Silence
League of Light: Dark Omens
Lost Lands: The Four Horsemen
Margrave: Curse of the Severed Heart
Maze: Subject 360
Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst
Nearwood
New York Mysteries: High Voltage
Reflections of Life: Equilibrium
Shiver: Poltergeist
Shrouded Tales: The Spellbound Land
Subliminal Realms: The Masterpiece
True Fear: Forsaken Souls

Series:
Final Cut
Dana Knightstone Novels
Surface
Mystery Trackers
Grim Tales

Thanks, Ana. happydance12

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Is it all right to add to the series list? I left out a couple that I really like even if the individual games are not my favorites.

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You can, just do it in another post instead of editing.

Ana wave


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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1049766
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This is great. Have seen some I never heard of and now will try! My faves are below. Caveat: I like my games long and the puzzles/mini-games difficult. I don't really enjoy HOG, so games I list are light on those scenes and skewed toward adventure.

Not many "Series" entries from me; I would recommend very few Series as a group, because early games often do not measure up. (Many Series get better as they go along.) In the Series I list, ALL games in that Series are well above average.

Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind
Amaranthine Voyage -Tree of Life
Awakening: Sunhook Spire
Cadenza: Music and Betrayal
Calavera: Day of the Dead
Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
Clockwork Tales: Glass and Ink
Dark Dimensions: City of Fog
Dire Grove: Sacred Grove
Eternal Journey: New Atlantis
Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town
Otherworld: Spring of Shadows
Rite of Passage: Child of the Forest
Shiver: Moonlit Grove
Timeless: The Lost Castle
Witches' Legacy: Dark Throne

Series:
House of 1000 Doors
Lost Lands
New York Mysteries

Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: 8dognight] #1049768
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8dog, we share similar likes. happydance Loved Timeless, the Lost Castle.

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Is this only for recent games?
I would have expected more votes for Drawn.
I'll have to think about what recent casual games I've enjoyed.

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Jenny, I posted "any year" but the more current the better. If you want Drawn on there please add it. You can also add Drawn the series and leave room for individual games.

I think it's more beneficial to users to add some current games in there because it seems like the list doesn't change much otherwise for those looking for new suggestions. You are free to add any game you choose, though.


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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1049857
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I know MY individual games list isn't very "current" so it's probably not too helpful.

[ I've played so many I find it difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff at a later date blush ]

But I think my my series list is OK grin


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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1049976
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I played Drawn around the time it was released and thought it was okay as an adventure game but far better than most other casuals. In only a few years many casual games have surpassed Drawn so I for one am not surprised that Drawn isn't way up there. It's just not the casual equivalent of, for example, the Gabriel Knight games.

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There are NO casual equivalents of the Gabriel Knight games .... In fact, for me, there are no Adventure games out there that can even compare !! snicker


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8donight, you can only have 5 series. You named one already, so can you reduce this to 4 please. thanks


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Re: Vote for your Favorite Casual Games 2016 - Results posted! [Re: Jenny100] #1050067
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Originally Posted By: Jenny100
Is this only for recent games?
I would have expected more votes for Drawn.
I'll have to think about what recent casual games I've enjoyed.


i played and liked the drawn games, but found them too short. that is why they aren't on my list.

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Originally Posted By: 8dognight
I played Drawn around the time it was released and thought it was okay as an adventure game but far better than most other casuals. In only a few years many casual games have surpassed Drawn so I for one am not surprised that Drawn isn't way up there. It's just not the casual equivalent of, for example, the Gabriel Knight games.


Drawn is one of few casual games that I actually remember -- one of few I replay. So many casual games are similar to one another, and usually I can't remember much at all about a casual game, even as little as a day after I finish it.

Newer games may have more options, like custom difficulty, but the options don't work 100%. I've yet to see one that truly got rid of the so-called "helpful" (actually annoying) messages blocking my view of the screen, even if the option to disable them is there. Not only do they block the screen, but it's insulting -- like the game is calling you a moron. Imagine exploring a haunted house in real life and having these damb boxes pop up in your face: "Oooo!! You found a corkscrew!!" "You found a pin !!" "You found a peanut !!"

A lot of the once-reliable series have become inconsistent in quality, sometimes due to change in developer. There has not been any gradual improvement for quite a while. For example, I've seen a lot of people saying Mystery Trackers: Four Aces is their favorite of the series, and it's certainly not the most recent -- it's over 3 years old. The most recent House of 1000 Doors game, Evil Inside, was a huge step down from the previous ones.

Also if you buy a Standard edition, you often find it has the same menu as the CE -- only with dead options or ads. For example, where the CE would have brought up a guide, you find clicking on "Guide" causes your web browser to open and display an ad to buy a guide. To me that just looks sloppy -- makes it look like you bought carelessly thrown-together junk, or paid money for some sort of trialware. And then there are the ads for Facebook and Twitter that have invaded the Menu Screens of so many Big Fish games. The only way to avoid that stuff is to buy an older game from before they started doing that.

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But back on the topic of favorite games ...

Most of the games in my list are older ones...

Big Secret of a Small Town
Bluebeard's Castle
Bluebeard's Castle: Son of the Heartless
Dark Hills of Cherai: The Regal Scepter
Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
Dracula: Love Kills
Drawn 1: The Painted Tower
Drawn 2: Dark Flight
Ghost Towns: The Cats of Ulthar
Margrave: Blacksmith's Daughter
Margrave: Curse of the Severed Heart
Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival
Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst
Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles

That's 16 games.
I have a couple of casual games I haven't played yet, and may play over the weekend.

List of series:

1. Dana Knightstone
2. Grim Tales -- the ones where you play as "Aunt Gray" saving her weird relatives who live (or used to live) in a castle

3. House of 1000 Doors
4. Mystery Trackers
5. Fantasy Mosaics -- especially from #4 onward (the ones where you change color while solving)

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I loved CHERAI! innovative, and i enjoyed the multi-player aspect.

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Originally Posted By: Reenie
I loved CHERAI! innovative, and i enjoyed the multi-player aspect.

It's definitely one of my favorites -- and a game that stands out from the rest.
Besides the multiple character aspect with Tara, Maya, and Rahul, the gameworld itself was unique.
I'd have liked to see more games in the series, maybe taking place in between the first "Dark Hills of Cherai" game and "The Regal Sceptre," or possibly a prequel to both.

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I would have pared down my list; however, I have been busy and did not see the post reminding me that I was limited to five series. Darn. That's okay. Next time.

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8dognight, It's not too late. Please cut them back to 5 so I can include them. thanks


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List of Series

Dark Parables
Grim Tales
Mystery Case Files
Mystery Trackers
Other World

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I deleted your old series post. THanks, 8dognight!


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2016 Game Addition to List:

Parallels Cross

If this addition is not allowed, that is fine. Someone mentioned that newer games were desirable.

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You had 17 before, so now you have 18 8dognight. You can add two more before the listing ends.


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