loaded question: what casual video games can you recommend at the moment?

Mini Metro

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I’ve just discovered mass-transit simulator Mini Metro, and I’m wasting so much wonderful time with it. It reminds me of SimCity, which I was hooked on many many years ago but doesn’t seem to have a good Mac version right now. Mini Metro is available for Apple devices (where is where I’m using it) and on many other platforms.

What casual video games can you recommend at the moment?

(Let’s stick to casual video games for now. I’ll do another Loaded Question for more serious games soon.)

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Mon, Mar 06, 2023 6:24pm

Hmm, I mostly play strategy games that are anything but casual, like Terra Invicta, which is a rather complex game about dominating Earth in order to deal with an alien first contact in the solar system. Among many cool things about it is that the space technologies you develop are derived from actual, planned, or potential technologies that real-world smart people have thought up.

For actual “casual” games, Slipways is fun. It has the look and feel of a more complex “conquer the galaxy (peacefully)” game, but it’s really more like a puzzle game where you have a limited number of moves to achieve your objectives. Games typically take 30 minutes or less.

Fri, Mar 10, 2023 11:16pm

I started typing a comment recommending Fallen London, as it’s the only game I play, but the more I started describing it the more I realized it’s not all that casual. I do recommend it, and it can be played casually, but I’ll come back and talk more in depth about it on the future LQ.