Happy Halloween Flowchart – Guaranteed!

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 29, 2010

An evening of Halloween trick or treating and devilish escapades can have lots of wacky outcomes that require a somewhat sophisticated level of analysis. To help you more efficiently navigate through an evening of tricks or treats, we offer you the following Halloween flowchart guaranteed (not really) to lead to a Happy Halloween every year! …Read more

Chevy Cruze In Live Pac-Man Game

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 27, 2010

The Chinese arm of Chevrolet Motors decided to mashup the Chevy Cruze and Pac-Man. The result was an amazing live action version of Pac-Man…in cars! The Pac-Man car features a video feed of the level so the driver can see where he is and where he needs to go. The power pellets are lights mounted …Read more

The Wonderful World of Gaming Opens at Walt Disney World

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 22, 2010

If you happen to be near the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Disney World this weekend, be sure to pop into the Once Upon A Toy, Disney Interactive Studios. Saturday, October 23rd marks the opening of a new gaming destination at Walt Disney World Resort – The Wonderful World of Gaming. The attraction is billed as …Read more

Vampire Adventure Games – Love at First Byte?

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 22, 2010

There’s no denying it, Vampires are all the rage these days. Their mass popularity can be seen in movies such as Underworld and Twilight, and the TV series True Blood. As is true with many top titles in entertainment, you also find vampires crossing over into Adventure games across all computer gaming platforms. Why is …Read more

Spooky Games for Creepy Halloween Fun

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 19, 2010

October is finally here and Halloween is rapidly approaching. We wanted to share some spooky games you can snuggle up with on cool, dark, Autumn nights. Whether you’re stalking ghosts in Deadtime Stories or creeping around Malloy Castle as Nancy Drew, you’re sure to feel a shiver run up your spine with each creaking door …Read more

Family Game Night Still Bringing Families Together

Posted by Conor Murphy on September 27, 2010

For many of us, the distant memories of family game night without keyboards, Wi-Fi connections, or batteries is becoming more and more difficult to recall. However, there once was a time when we actually played solitaire with a deck of cards and Scrabble with wooden game pieces! That’s right…playing board games actually meant you had …Read more

The Role of Games for Language Learners

Posted by Conor Murphy on September 23, 2010

If you’ve ever tried to learn a new language, you’re well aware of the need to practice, practice, practice! It’s one thing to memorize the lexicon of a new language. It’s another thing entirely to fluidly speak, read, and think in your non-native language. There are plenty of mediums people can use to practice a …Read more

Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

Posted by Conor Murphy on March 22, 2010

Big Fish Games President and CEO Jeremy Lewis (a.k.a. Lewbabes on our Forums) got an unexpected surprise in his inbox this morning. Customer Tanja Gerstenberger put her artistic talents to use and created a very special drawing in honor of Jeremy’s 41st birthday. According to Tanya, she was inspired by the different holiday looks we give Felix and decided to try her hand at a Jeremy-themed Felix. We love the representation, so from all of us at Big Fish Games – and particularly Jeremy – thanks for the drawing, Tanja!Read more

Stealth Games as a Genre

Posted by Conor Murphy on March 10, 2010

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.

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Game Recommendations for Casual Gaming Genres

Posted by Conor Murphy on February 8, 2010

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

Leading Ladies of Puzzle-Adventure Games

Posted by Conor Murphy on February 3, 2010

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

Game Speak and Acronyms in Gaming

Posted by Conor Murphy on January 22, 2010

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