Balancing difficulty in Casual Games

While many casual games appeal users with their AAA polish (fancy visual effects and sounds), there still some games that look incredibly bad but still get amazing amount of interest from the players. How come?

Many amateur game designers (me included) are seeking to get their game in the top charts of the “Casual Games” category of the Play Store/App Store. But we misunderstand a powerful psychological tool that is notoriousĀ in the industry of casual gaming: the senseĀ of accomplishment.

Disclaimer: I’d like to mention that I’m totally aware that this concept is well-known. I’m not claiming that I invented the wheel. The point of this post is to try to give an explanation on why some games just fail to keep most of their players in the long run. Continue reading