Casual Game Services: Which one is right for you?

Posted by Dr. Burton on June 7, 2010 in Game Development |

I have been a gamer for over 20 years. I worked at an arcade in the days of pac-man and Defender. I play online games like World of Warcraft as well as casual games like Zuma and Bejeweled. For one Christmas break my wife and I purchased Zuma for our family to enjoy playing. We had a great Christmas!

My son has even started a blog reviewing various types of games and other digital media: http://www.geeklyentertainment.com

Casual Game Membership Service Plans

Service Passport Fun Ticket Fun Pass
Company Pop Cap Games GameHouse GameHouse
Sample Games Zuma
BeJeweled 2
Plants vs Zombies
Ranch Rush
BeJeweled 2
Plants vs Zombies
Ranch Rush
BeJeweled 2
Plants vs Zombies
Term Up to 20% discount 1 game credit/mo Unlimited (PC only)
Cost (USD) free $6.99/mo $19.95/mo
Trial period 30 days 7 days

PopCap™ Games (Creators of Zuma, Bejeweled & other classics) Passport offers you a way to save if you purchase only a few games per year.  With this program you receive a 10% discount on the first game purchased, 15% on the second, and 20% on subsequent games.  Available for the PC or Mac.

GameHouse has recently partnered with RealArcade.  They offer some classic casual games online and downloadable to the Mac or PC.  GameHouse offers 2 services: Fun Pass and Fun Ticket.

Fun Ticket allows you to 1 free game per month and a gives you a large discount for any additional games your would like to purchase for $6.99/mo. Available for the PC or Mac. Get a FREE game with FunTicket free trial!
FunPass (with account creation) allows you play and download any of GameHouse’s 900 games for a monthly subscription of  $19.95/mo.  This service is only available for PC users.

Considering that both services have many of the same games, there is a right size for everyone!  If you are a frequent game player/purchaser, then go with GameHouses’ Fun Pass.  If you like a new game every month, Fun Ticket is the right size for you.  And if you purchase a couple games per year, then Pop Cap Passport is perfect!

PopCap Games

Get a 7-Day Free Trial to FunPass.

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