Do you remember playing hide and go seek? This classic childhood game has a number of variations, but in the end it hinges on one thing - not getting caught. A couple weeks ago we discussed casual game genres and suggested two: Stealth games and Trivia games. We think of Stealth games in a similar vein - gameplay that hinges on the player avoiding detection and using concealment to prevent being caught en route to completing an objective. Games in this genre employ mechanics such as hiding in shadows, utilizing disguises, deactivating devices, and silent movement.
Games of stealth have been around since the early 1980s with such titles as Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Metal Gear (1987) paving the way for future mainstream titles such as Splinter Cell (2002) and Assassin's Creed (2007).
While each of these titles clearly belongs in the core gaming world due to the violent nature of the gameplay (when not sneaking around, the characters are fighting enemies with an array of weapons), it isn't hard to see how the stealth aspect of this genre could be incorporated into casual gameplay.
A casual game adaptation of a stealth game would focus on the clandestine elements such as picking locks, evading guards, deactivating security systems, sneaking through buildings, and deciphering codes.
Best of all, espionage and spying is in no way limited to one gender. Clearly men or women can excel at such exploits.
Let's take a look at a brief (very brief) history of the Stealth game genre so we can better understand where we've come from and the games that helped define this genre.Read more
Recently, I've been thinking about the game genres we offer and wondering how they might evolve in the future. Given the fact that the consumer is always evolving it only makes sense that their tastes in games should also evolve. Regardless of whether this takes place online or offline, day-to-day experiences broaden horizons and open eyes to new possibilities. This continuous expansion of thought leads to a need for newer and better experiences that can be served in at least two ways.
First, by improving game development via better stories, better characters, better artwork, or better gameplay mechanics, we can satisfy the consumer's need for continuous improvement and higher quality products. Consider the Mystery Case Files game brand. If you look at each release, you can see the quality of the games always improving. The art is always getting better, the storyline is always more complex, the production quality is ever improving. Big Fish Games Studios is always raising the bar to meet the wants and needs of the consumer.
Second, by expanding our offerings through genre expansion, we can offer an entirely new style of gameplay that opens the door for developers and consumers to explore something new with no expectations. By starting at ground zero, both parties can work together to define the genre and guide it as it grows and expands.
This begs the question - what will be the next genre to emerge as a contender for the limited time game developers have? The need to focus on making games people will be excited about is clear so it is important that game genres get consumers excited.Read more
The Olympic Flame Relay passed by our office in Vancouver, British Columbia over the weekend. Employees were on hand to watch the festivities and grab a couple photos. It's great having our office in the heart of Vancouver. Truly a magnificent city to live in or visit. One Big Fish employee saw the first photo below and quipped, "It looks like two poor saps trying to keep a crowd of zombies at bay with torches..." Funny how gamers often find creative ways to incorporate zombies into everyday life.Read more
We’re happy to announce the release of a new and improved Big Fish Games Affiliate Program. The new Affiliate Program provides tools for affiliates at all levels of technical experience and knowledge. Both the My Game Space and the Principal Network Partner (PNP) programs have been restructured and integrated into the new and improved Affiliate …Read more
If you are new to casual gaming or new to Big Fish Games, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed. With the size of our gaming catalog and (at least) one new game being released every day, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a starting point, you might want to consider …Read more
In the world of casual games, we love our quick witted heroines. When it comes to brains, resourcefulness, and determination, this group is second to none. Indiana Jones you say? Lara Croft? Any one of the leading ladies listed below could hold their own with the Tomb Raider or the whip cracking professor. Whether a …Read more
Just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Jolly Bear Games brings you Big City Adventure: Vancouver. Vancouver, BC lies between the Burrard Inlet to the north and the Fraser River to the south and ranks as the third largest city in Canada. Now you can explore the area as you search for thousands …Read more
In these days of faster, shorter, and smaller, simple person-to-person communication has even come under fire for it’s lack of efficiency. While this has yet to dramatically alter how we speak, it has had direct impact on text based communication. This is especially true in the gaming world where rapid response and quick reaction can …Read more
A few weeks ago over in the Big Fish Games’ Forums we gave you the chance to ask the Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove team your most burning questions. Certainly there were some question marks dancing around in your heads following the completion of Dire Grove? You responded with a great collection of interesting and …Read more
We’re happy to present you with the Big Fish Games’ Mac Customer Favorites Awards for 2009! Now, you can get 40% OFF any of the winning Mac Games shown below! Just use the coupon code during checkout: COUPON CODE: BESTOFTHEYEAR You can apply your coupon code in the shopping cart during checkout as follows: Sign …Read more
We’re happy to present you with the Big Fish Games’ Customer Favorites Awards for 2009! Now, you can get 20% OFF any of the winners shown below! Just use the coupon code during checkout: COUPON CODE: GAMEOFTHEYEAR You can apply your coupon code in the shopping cart during checkout as follows: Sign in or create …Read more
Big Fish Gives! is happy to announce our 2nd Annual Childhaven Wishing Tree was delivered yesterday! It took a whole team of volunteers to load up two SUVs with toys, clothes, and holiday cheer and we’re happy to report Big Fish Games employees increased the number of gift packages contributed this year (compared to last …Read more