Let’s discuss “casual” gaming for a bit. It’s a term that has always held negative connotations in the gaming community. These are quick, easy games that are usually played in a browser or on a mobile device. People who play these games are often thought of as non-gamers. Screw that. I’m a gamer and I love casual games. These games are great for the times when you just want something light which doesn’t involve a lot of thought.
The web site www.pogo.com has tons of these games, and this is my favorite of them. I talked about using replayability and time spent playing as a criteria for my list, and this game definitely fits that. I’m actually including three games in this post – Word Whomp, Word Whomp Whackdown and Word Whomp Underground. My mom started my love of word games pretty much from the time I could talk and I’ve never looked back. We always make time for a game of Scrabble every time I go back home. She also enjoys these games a lot, so it’s a rare gaming moment that we can share.
The games themselves are quite simple. Word Whomp is a standard anagrams game. Find all of the words hidden in the letters listed and you win. Whackdown arranges them differently and is a bit tougher. It has a bonus round. Underground is original Word Whomp with a slight story behind it. Once you start playing, I dare you to stop! The “one more game…” monster will definitely get you with these.