GoatUp (universal) - From Llamasoft, creator of some truly delicious games, comes a strange sort of arcade game that's all about goats kissing. Sort of. Your main goat pal must hop to climb platforms higher and higher up the mountain. Kiss goats and eat grass to make kids, and pick up every item you come across (there are loads of them). Enemies, of course, make an appearance, but really it's all about kissing goats as you much on grass and hop around like a mad... goat.
A Space Shooter for Free (iPhone, iPod Touch) - P. Jefferson is a little too nerdy for his own good. Tortured by bullies in school, Jefferson makes himself more manly via the art of lifting weights. Eventually, he becomes a pilot, blasting aliens and asteroids in space like nobody's business. That's where you come in! Ported from the PSP download game, A Space Shooter for Free turns your finger into the control stick of a ship, shooting everything out of the black sky that crosses your path. Missiles, shields, and other gun power-ups are at your disposal, and you'll collect currency during your travels that can be used to upgrade your ship. It's got everything you could want from a shmup, including a bad attitude and comic book-style cutscenes, and is exactly the sort of thing you should think of when you see the phrase "casual shmup". Also available on Google Play Android Games for Android phones..
Riot Rings (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) - No casual gamer worth their Bejeweled gems hasn't played a marble popper puzzle game at one time or another. The genre waxes and wanes with the times, and Riot Rings looks to bring it back on the portable touch screen. The animals are trying to get out of the zoo, but unluckily for them, they've rolled themselves in to highly-matchable balls and are rolling around a track. Tap to lob animals into the chain, making matches of three or more to clear the ring before the lock and key meet. Simple, and it never tries to reinvent the genre, but it looks great and plays without a hitch, making it a sound pickup for anyone looking for some casual marble matching. Riot Rings XL is also available for iPad.
Globulos Mania (universal) - An iOS translation of the online multiplayer browser game GlobZ, Globulos features almost two dozen different mini-games that center around a single competitive mechanic. Each player has a few seconds to choose a direction and velocity for each of his or her globulos critters. Your goal can vary but will usually involve something like knocking a soccer ball into the goal. Make your choices, tap on "go", and see what your opponent has done. It's a fun concept that's been proven on the web for years, only now it's in the palm of your touch-friendly hand!
NOTE: Games noted as 'universal' have been designed for iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone devices alike. Any game not listed for iPad will work on the system, but native full screen will not be present. Games listed may not be available outside of North America. Prices are subject to change and are therefore unlisted. Please see the individual game pages for purchasing info.