In most video games, the main goal is to a) stay alive and b) shoot down the alien baddies or c) find some elevator or key that unlocks a door into the next area. But what if the goal was to control the wind to attract flower petals, or draw crayon markings to control objects on a canvas?
"Casual" games, long despised by real gamers for their rudimentary gameplay mechanics and simplistic graphics, are making a comeback on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PlayStation 3. And it's not because people are hankering to play Uno or Solitaire again. Unusual play mechanics and a new visual flair increasingly set casual games apart from brain-dead shooters.