Friday, September 28, 2007

The Scruffs Game

It's time for another great hidden object game with The Scruffs! This messy family has run out of money and needs to raise some capital quick in order to save their house. Lucky for them, pack rats are the ideal candidate for garage sales. Help them find all of their valuables in their house through 20 different levels.

If you love seek-and-find games and are looking for something new, then The Scruffs game is a safe bet. It has gorgeous artwork and a clever hint system to help you through levels when you get stuck. Give it a try!

The Scruffs Info

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Diner Dash Hometown Hero Game

Help fight urban decay in the new Diner Dash game, Hometown Hero. Flo visits her grandmother, Florence, only to discover her childhood town is falling into shambles! All of her favorite locations are now empty and lifeless: the zoo, the stadium, and especially her favorite restaurants.

Fear not, Flo has a plan in Diner Dash Hometown Hero! She sets out to start a restaurant, cafe, or food stand at each of the areas in town that needs help. Before too long, customers are flowing, the economy is back on its feet, and her Grandmother will live for another five years in relative peace.

Diner Dash Hometown Hero Info

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Jane's Hotel Game

Rise to the top of the hotel business in Jane's Hotel, a diner game played in a hotel setting. The name of the game in the hotel and resort business is mood. Can you keep your guests happy? See to their every need. Maybe they want a drink, or a place to sit quietly, or a romantic meal.

Resorts are a lot of fun. There's nothing quite like booking the romantic package at a hotel and spa. Get some champagne delivered to your door, breakfast in bed, and then a soothing massage and smoothie by the pool. In fact, I think it's time to check some prices online! Actually, it might be a lot cheaper to just play Jane's Hotel. Thanks Jane!

Jane's Hotel Info

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cake Mania 2 Game

The Bernstein bear and his merry crew over at Sandlot, makers of fine casual games, just released the much-anticipated sequel Cake Mania 2. If you like cakes, and, let's face, many do, then you'll love this cake-filled diner game. Jill returns to serve up tasty treats to a smörgåsbord of interesting customers.

When Jill isn't taking money for her wares, she's busy fixing her hair in the reflection of her serving dish. Gotta look good for the customers, baby! It's a good thing these cakes are digital, and not real, or all of the Cake Mania 2 players out there would be whales of a human being by now. Yum!

Cake Mania 2 Info

Monday, September 17, 2007

Forgotten Riddles

Here's a game that introduces some innovation in the hidden object genre. Forgotten Riddles is essentially a seek and find game, but instead of telling you the objects to find it gives you a riddle. For instance:

I appear in the sky when through mist does light bend; a colorful arc with gold stashed at its end.

So not only do you have the solve the riddle, you need to look for that item in classic hidden object style. Sounds like quite the challenge! Personally I find even basic games in the genre to be amazingly difficult. I can't think of any other game type where I've spent 20 minutes trying to find an umbrella. If that's your thing, then give Forgotten Riddles: The Mayan Princess a try! It's by Blue Tea Games.

Forgotten Riddles Game Info

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Build-a-lot Game

Here's a timely game, considering all of the buzz around the real estate and flipping house. Build-a-lot is a great-looking Realtor game. You buy cheap houses, fix them up a bit, and try to play off changes in the market for your own profitability. Sound familiar?

I'm not sure yet if Build-a-lot incorporates bankruptcy-inducing real estate bubbles caused by years of government mismanagement. Maybe that feature didn't quite make it into 1.0 ;) Still, it looks like a fantastic game for people who like tycoon-style simulations. Give it a try!

Build-a-lot Game Info

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Paradise Pet Salon Game

I caught wind of a great new caretaking/diner game: Paradise Pet Salon. If you liked games like Carrie the Caretaker or Daycare Nightmare you'll be sure to enjoy this one. It's a spa of delight for delightful pets! There really are pet spas in the world, too. I find it somewhat sad that there are dogs in the world that get better treatment than I do. Well, perhaps jealous is the better word.

Paradise Pet Salon isn't quite out in wide distribution yet, but you can register your email at the link below to get notified as soon as it's available. I'm looking forward to this one!

Paradise Pet Salon Info

Plant Tycoon Game

Last Day of Work is back with another sure-fire simulation hit: Plant Tycoon! They've taken their real-time gameplay from and combined it with a gardening aesthetic. In this case, "real-time" means that the game clock is synchronized with the real-world clock. First, the obvious--if you play for 10 minutes, 10 minutes will pass the game. But, if you don't play for 24 hours, the time will still pass in the game. Make sure you play often enough to keep your plants fed!

Artificial life was a big thing industry-wide in the 90s. Interesting, it seems as if the game industry has moved away from pursuing more academic concepts and fallen into a rut with just a few genres. It's good to see that games like Plant Tycoon can be produced by imaginative, innovative indies like LDW. Try it out!

Plant Tycoon Info