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Best Casual Games

Bookworm Deluxe

Lex the worm is here for some more word creation action in this game I’m going to describe as diagonal Boggle… with fire.

Chuzzle: Christmas Edition

Slide the rows of Koosh balls with eyes vertically and horizontally to create matches of three, in this Bejeweled-esque game.

Bejeweled 2 Deluxe

The sequel to the original match-three game, and still one of the best. If you don’t have the iPhone version, give this gem swapping puzzle game a try.

Bookworm Adventures

Help Lex the worm battle fierce creatures through three mythic storybooks by creating words in this Boggle-esque adventuer puzzler.

Bubble Town

A bubble popping game in the vein of the classic Puzzle Bobble, but with many Peggle-esque powerups and different level types. So addicting that the next thing you know, it’s midnight and you’ve wet yourself again.

World of Goo

The award winning World of Goo is a physics based bridge building game with great music, charm, and style. Use a variety of goo balls to create outrageous structures and rescue as many of the other goo balls as possible.

Hammer Heads Deluxe

Whack-a-Mole meets garden gnomes in this surprisingly fun and crackly addictive game.

Machinarium

Machinarium is a stunning point-and-click adventure from the same makers as Samorost. The good news is there’s a flash demo, the bad news is the price of the full version might be a little steep for today’s casual market. But I can promise you that behind every carefully crafted pixel is a giant koala bear hug.

Zuma Deluxe

How does one adequately describe Zuma? I guess it’s a game where you shoot the colored marbles out of a stone frog’s mouth in order to stop the ever advancing marble snake before you die from a panic induced heart attack. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Peggle Nights

The sequel to the awesome Peggle, and a spiritual successor to Baywatch Nights, this game has everything that made the original great, only more of it!

Plants vs. Zombies

The PC version of this tower defense game is very similar to the iPhone version, but with the added bonus of survival and puzzle modes. The mouse control makes it a little harder, which probably explains why I found the iPhone game too easy. A must buy if you don’t have it on your iPhone!

Peggle Deluxe

The #1 call I receive on the Dig Your Own Grave complaint hotline is from people that have a ham sandwich for a cell phone, and thus can not play the iPhone version of Peggle. Well your whiny complaints have been answered my friends, because here’s the PC version of that awesome Plinko meets Pachinko game.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

I already did a post about my addiction to this game back in the long long ago. It’s an RPG where the combat mechanic is Bejeweled and it is so addicting that you will invent some sort of funnel and tube system so that you can go to the bathroom without leaving your desk.

Mystery of Shark Island

We’re adding yet another new feature – casual (downloadable) game recommendations! Back in the days before I became the world’s most renowned pantsless neurosurgeon, I worked on this relaxing hidden object game. You may be able to find all the sea shells, but can you find the hidden penis?

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