Free Word Games – One of the Top Casual Game Genres

Casual gaming is on the rise! Flash games have gone from being a small geeky niche online, to being mainstream and big business over the last few years.

The reason that these games have become so popular is three fold. Firstly, they are accessible. The Flash platform is available on every type of computer and device, from Windows PCs to Macs, Linux, and even smart phones. In fact, there are more installations of Flash worldwide than all the Playstations, Xboxes and Nintendo Wii consoles put together! That’s a big market.

At the same same time as these games have become accessible, developers have changes their focus and started to create games aimed at a wider audience. Traditionally video games were aimed at boys and young men, and tended to focus on shooting, fighting or driving.

With the rise of casual gaming however, these are no longer the biggest genres. In fact, word games such as puzzles, spelling games, and crosswords which is one of the fastest growing current genres. สล็อต xo

Types of Word game

Word games have several sub-genres. Crossword and word search style games are based on the original “paper” versions and can be as simple as an online version of a traditional puzzle, or they can have a twist such as timers or multiple simultaneous puzzles.

Spelling games, loosely base on the Scrabble board game, are a hugely popular sub-genre and in general involve putting a set of letters in order to create words. These games can be single or multi-player, and either turn based or real-time, but the one thing they have in common is their popularity, especially with women.

Word based arcade games. This is a strange fusion of fast paced action games, or sometimes even strategy games, combined with a word or spelling game. On my own sites I’ve found that these sometimes tend to confuse players and often aren’t as popular as the simpler games, but occasionally a real gem comes along which gets players well and truly hooked!

Word games certainly aren’t as glamorous as some other genres. They tend to have simple game play, simple graphics, and none of the flash extras like cut scenes and animated intros that are so common in other genres, but don’t underestimate their popularity.

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