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Another year, another list of buzzwords we’ll soon forget. While each new gaming sub-genre offers a unique experience, they also set unrealistic expectations that developers can only meet with fantastical names. Hyper-casual games? Plug and socket mobile game? As much as these phrases sound like code for an espionage spy thriller, they’re actually the latest trends in gaming. Cramming as many words as possible into one sentence has its benefits — you don’t have to read very much to understand what is being explained. But cramming so many words together also leaves little room for nuance and specifics. Let’s break down what these terms mean and why they matter in the larger scope of

Hypercasual games are the new way to get people to keep coming back. They’re fast and simple, usually with very few rules. Players can finish a session in as little as a minute, which means they can play again right away. The number of strategic options is kept to a minimum, generally limited to when, where and how you tap the screen. Hypercasual also means minimalistic. With so few elements on the screen at any one time, there’s room for lots of visual impact. If you’re developing or planning an app that meets these criteria and you’d like it listed here, please send us your details

According to a study released by App Annie in October 2018, the number of downloads of mobile games fell by 12% in the third quarter of 2018. This drop is attributed to users being fed up with app store search results clogged with unoriginal copies of popular games. This also prompted many users to delete apps they no longer use and free up storage space on their devices. In response, developers launched even more video game clones that take advantage of the latest trends and features available on mobile devices: “New kinds of visuals and experiences are leading to new app types that we call hyper-casual, conversational, virtual reality, AR, MR, and AI-powered

As we head into 2019, the hyper-growth of mobile gaming continues to accelerate. Researchers predict there will be nearly 2 billion gamers by 2021, with a majority playing on mobile devices. Since many of these players will be on the go or commuting for much of the day, virtual games that can be played in short bursts are becoming increasingly popular. This category is called “hypercasual” gaming, which refers to games that are super-easy to learn and complete in just a few minutes (think 5 - 15 minutes). It’s a booming segment – with some estimates projecting it could reach $3 billion in revenue by

Are you bored of games that trap you on the same screen and make you wait for things to happen? Are you sick of games with timers, points, or lives? Do you tire of games where your progress is reset every time you start a new game? If so, then rejoice! We’re in the midst of a hyper-casual gaming renaissance. Hyper-casual games are simple and fast: think concentration cards meets sudoku meets whack-a-mole. They’re easy to understand and take only seconds to learn. Once you play them once or twice, they also take only seconds to play again. And again. And If you’re ready to ditch the grind and get back to having fun, here are five excellent examples of hyper-casual gaming right

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