Casual gaming

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

casual gamingCasual gaming is a term used for a form of playing video games where a gamer does not have a long-term commitment to a game and can approach playing the game on an infrequent and spontaneous basis.

Casual video games have several distinguishing features. They are often web-based and are usually found on either mobile phones or personal computers. They usually do not have a high learning curve. To achieve this, most casual games have few controls--normally a single button or two that will predominantly control the majority of the game. Casual games usually do not require a significant amount of time to play. They can normally be played in small periods of time. Unlike more "hardcore" games, casual games usually do not require a long time to reach the final stage of the game. Therefore, a casual game often does not contain a save feature.

Microsoft's Solitaire is considered to be the first highly successful casual game on the personal computer and since its release in 1990, has drawn approximately 400 million gamers.

Game terms, Hardcore, Solitaire