The gaming scene today is confused. Like an awkward teen wondering where all this hair is coming from, we’re in this place where kids are discovering games that are older than they are and senior citizens are picking up controllers for the first time in their lives. Easy mode is still hard. Your aunt is beating you at Farmville. Co-workers are sending you Game Room challenges. And something “casual” can still get cRaZee!
Really, that’s all I’m trying to point out here; Casual Mania seems like a perfectly insane name for a game. It’s innocent and inoffensive but ~WATCH OUT~ cause this DS cart comes packed with 4 laser-hot casual ga– wait, only four?! Looking pretty tame even by Facebook standards, Casual Mania features clones of the most popular play styles; Match Three, Hidden Object, Time Management and whatever you call Zuma with an overarching jigsaw puzzle that reveals pretty pictures as you play.
I guess it’s not a bad idea — copy the top sellers and put them all together in one package — and as we’ve seen time and again, it’s impossible to predict what will be the next “evergreen” top seller on a Nintendo platform. For anyone intrigued by the contradictory title, Casual Mania has just been rated by the ESRB and should be available within the next few months here in the U.S.