Casual Gamer Essential Apps

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hey guys, hope you all had a great Christmas. I've got a few posts coming up, but I have't got around to photographing them all yet, so I changed the order I was going to post them and put this in first!

So you got a new iPad for Christmas, went nuts in the App Store downloading, Facebook, Twitter Kindle and loads of other random apps, but what now?


I have always been a bit of a closet gamer chick at heart. When we got our first desktop PC back in 1995, I discovered a love of point and click adventure games. The mid-90s was the peak for point and click adventure games but they declined in favour if X-Box/Playstation based shoot-em up's that you could dip in and out of. With the launch of touch screen mobile devices, such as the iPad, these types of games have seen a resurgence in popularity. If Santa was sweet enough to leave you an iPad under the tree this Christmas, here are my top casual gaming apps, and an introduction into point and click style adventure games.

Where's My Water

Where's My Water is a fun puzzle game made by Disney, featuring an Alligator called Swampy who enjoys a nice clean bath - unlike the other Alligators. Help Swampy by getting the water into his bath, whilst avoiding various traps, poisons and bombs. This app is both iPad and iPhone compatible (and I believe it is also available on Android) but purely for ease of play, it works great on the large iPad screen.
Hay Day

Hay Day is certainly a little guilty pleasure of mine, and I became quickly addicted to it, to jump up through the levels so I could get the next farm machine! (Yes, yes I know!) Hay Day is a farming game - similar to FarmVille - but crops do not die and it doesn't rely on having lots of Facebook friends to help you out, like many other games of this type.

Mystery Case Files

Mystery Case Files - Dire Grove

Mystery Case Files - 13th Skull

Mystery Case Files - There are a number of games under the mystery case files brand, but not all are available on the ipad. Mystery Case Files are produced by Big Fish Games which are aimed at the casual gamer. Two of the best ones are Dire Grove and 13th Skull. These mix hidden object scenes and the more usual adventure style of gaming. These two games involve an engaging storyline and live action scenes.

Monkey Island & Broken Sword

During the mid 1990s there were two franchises that generally ruled in the adventure gaming world - Broken Sword, and Monkey Island. Monkey Island came first, and the early games were very pixelated with no voice acting, the series eventually progressed to become more cartoon-like before dabbling with 3D. Broken Sword started off with the 2D cartoon style, with great voice acting.

Both of these brands are now making their way slowly, but surely, on to mobile devices, both have been digitally remastered, Monkey Island 1 & 2 now has voice acting, and Broken Sword includes a Directors Cut, which includes scenes which were not in the original games. If you enjoy the logical puzzle element of the Mystery Case File games then these are natural progression. You generally run around picking up what appears to be lots of useless junk, which will inevitably "come in useful" (real-life monkey wrench anyone?) and trying to save the world (Broken Sword) or fighting off zombie pirates and trying to discover, what really is the secret of Monkey Island!?! (These games are also very funny - the humor in Monkey Island is particularly dry and witty!)

All these games have a Free trial or Lite version, which enables you to try them first, prior to purchasing anything.

Did you enjoy this post? Are there any "essential" games apps you have on your mobile device?


  1. Great post :). Hay Day is definitely a favourite of mine :). I've not heard of the other apps though, will definitely check them out :) xx

    1. Yey! Another Hay Day addict - good to know I'm not the only one lol

  2. Sheepstacker and Angry Birds are my favourites!


    1. How did I forget Angry Birds!?! Will check out Sheepstacker!

  3. I got an iPad before christmas and all my friends were badgering me to get Hay Day, I did and now I'm addicted! Glad nothing happens if you don't tend to your stuff though, farmers need days off ;) haha. Subway Surfer is a good game, similar to temple run :)

    1. Oooo not heard if Subway Surfer! That's a new one for me lol

  4. Great post! I legally enjoyed it. I didn't get a ipad for Christmas but my boy did :D

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