Casual games causing more casualties

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Zango, one of the top 20 most-visited casual game sites on the web, released some interesting statistics regarding their player base.  Out of Zango's top ten most popular games (from nearly 300 titles) half are puzzle games -- particularly number-puzzle games -- three are action/adventure games, and two are sports-oriented.  I may have to look into this casual gaming thing, since it's tough to get a solid game of Two Worlds going at work.

Casual Online Gaming Statistics Yield ‘Puzzling’ Results

Puzzles top list of most popular online games, followed closely by action/adventure


BELLEVUE, Wash. – Aug. 28, 2007 – The more than 200 million people worldwide who play online casual games are likely noodling over some sort of puzzle. That finding comes from a recent analysis of the most popular casual games played through online media company Zango (


Of the nearly 300 unique casual games available at, five of the top 10 most popular are puzzles, three are action/adventures, and two are sports-oriented. Of the top 20, however, action/adventure games reign supreme with seven making the list, followed closely by puzzles (six) and sports (four). The remaining slots between 11 and 20 belong to trivia and arcade games.


“Puzzles, particularly number puzzles, are popular,” said Val Sanford, vice president of marketing at Zango. “What’s interesting is that we’re seeing several different versions of the same game being developed and enthusiastically received by casual gamers. We have four different versions of Sudoku alone, for example, each of which is brand new every day and immensely popular with Zango consumers.”


In addition to casual online games, Zango provides more than 20 million consumers worldwide with free videos, emoticons, music, tools, utilities and other popular digital content.


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