Casual Games You Should Try In 2023

While exploring vast open worlds in games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be a lot of fun, sometimes you want to play a game you can pick up and play on the go without a significant time commitment. 

Casual games tend to be fast-paced, entertaining, and suitable for playing in short bursts.

They often have the most active players, making them an excellent choice for social gaming. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of casual games worth trying in 2023.

Casino Games

Casino games are among the most popular in the world, and technological advances have made it possible for players to enjoy them from the comfort of their own homes.

There are thousands of titles to choose from, with mobile slots being some of the most fun.

They’re easy to learn and can be played in short bursts, making them an entertaining way to spend free time.

With titles like Mega Moolah, the Dog House, and Masks of Fire, it’s easy to understand why they’re the game of choice for many gamers.

Among Us

This social deception game has been a hit since its release in 2018, and, if you haven’t played it yet, you should add it to your list of must-play titles for this year.

You’ll play as either a friend or foe, working with your crewmates to accomplish your tasks or actively sabotaging the mission. 

Whatever your role, you’ll experience many memorable moments while playing this game.

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The game’s developers regularly push out updates, including new maps, so it always feels fresh. Best of all, you can download the game for free on most platforms. 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you’ve ever dreamt of leaving it all behind to live on a deserted island, Animal Crossing is the game for you.

This title transports you to your very own island populated with cute animals and tasks you with developing it from the ground up. 

You’ll spend your days completing various tasks around your new home, including fishing, swimming, and crafting goods.

Chatting with your animal neighbors is also a big part of the game, and they may even give you valuables to help you progress. 

The game takes place in real-time, so if you start playing at midnight, all the shops on your island will be closed, and most of the animals will be sleeping.

It also has a social component, allowing you to invite friends to visit and admire the design decisions you’ve made. 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Chances are you’ve played an entry in the Mario Kart franchise at some point in your gaming life.

If you haven’t played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, then 2023 is a great time to give it a spin.

The latest installment in the entertaining series has 32 racing tracks to keep you occupied for hours. 

You’ll get to play as some of your favorite Mario characters or as special guests like Link from Legend of Zelda or Inklings from Splatoon.

The game has a vast online community you can race against, or you can go up against the inbuilt AI for offline play. 

One More Line

This game tasks you with guiding a tiny shape through a vertical course while making music and patterns.

The developers call it a space disco, and you’ll see why when you pick up the game. You can play it on a mobile device or on your computer.

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If you choose the Steam version, you can play it in local multiplayer mode. Once you hear the music, you won’t want to put it down. 

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Overcooked! All You Can Eat

This cooking simulation game throws you in the kitchen and has you running around preparing dishes as you try to overcome different obstacles working to slow your progress.

Your job is straightforward: gather ingredients, make dishes, and plate the food for the customers.

However, you’ll have to do all of this under a strict time limit while moving platforms and burning pots. 

While you can play this game alone by changing between different characters, playing it with a group of friends or in the online multiplayer mode is much more fun.

There are two titles in the Overcooked! series, and you can buy them as a bundle, ensuring you’ll stay occupied for a while. 

The Battle Cats

This spin on the classic tower defense genre has cats as the main character. These felines will help you defend against various enemies, including aliens and zombies.

The action takes place on a 2D battlefield instead of the traditional top-down battle tower format, and this game is perfect for short bursts of play. 

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Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

– Jon