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   2008-03-21

 

Let's continue analyzing the brightest tendencies of up-to-date gaming market. This time I am going to talk to you about game genres and their combinations. I wonder whether you have paid attention to the fact that most of titles released lately can boast a mix of different genres, but actually it really is quite characteristic of the industry nowadays. Is it an advantage or a weakness of such games?


From the first sight it looks like an advantage, for when you buy such a game, you get two or even three in one. For example, Go-Go Gourmet was the first attempt to combine time-management and hidden object. It was followed by Turbo Subs and Rainbow Web II , which both use hidden object game play in mini-games. We should also note Fashion Solitaire (cards and matching), Coffee Rush and Pizza Chef (time-management and match 3), Magic Seeds (time-management and strategy) and the latest puzzle Hidden Wonders of the Depths (match 3, mahjong and hidden object), which combines three genres in one game. Apparently time-management game play is the most favorable for blending it with others.

 

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But what if you are a fan of a certain type of games? What if you enjoy hidden objects but can't stand arcades? In this case, I guess, you will prefer a pure genre game with no innovations. And to my mind such games, provided they are of high quality and balanced, have the same chances for success as the new and nonconventional ones. Let's consider Haunted Hotel, The Count of Monte Cristo or Magic Match Adventures . Nothing out of the common, if we do not take into account the really high quality - and still selling like hot pies.


So, which do you prefer? All in one or separate pleasures? I think the market will have the answer quite soon...

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