Tower Defense Creators Launch Flash Games Portal
The creators of popular casual Flash games Desktop Tower Defense and Flash Element TD, Paul Preece and David Scott, have revealed Casual Collective, a free-to-play social web gaming site featuring the latest titles from the pair.
The new site will feature an ongoing stream of new, Flash-based titles. Launch games for the site include Casual Collective CEO Preece’s own Desktop Tower Defense 1.9, which includes multiplayer capabilities. Also available will be multiplayer head-to-head game Minions, multiplayer word game Farragomate, and platformer Buggle Stars.
According to Preece, the goal of Casual Collective is to “reach an even wider audience with a variety of game genres.” As a part of this effort, Casual Collective will emphasize socializing and community on its site.
Speaking to Edge, Preece believes that Flash gaming could relegate 3D, AAA titles to an increasingly niche position in the market. “As far as distribution is concerned, Flash has everything beat,” Preece explains. “When Desktop Tower Defense launched it went from, without any advertising, from nobody playing it to half a million playing it a day—in the space of two days. For Flash Elements that target was hit in a couple of hours. The way things spread across the internet is fantastic.”
Preece also believes that 3D has its own problems when trying to hit the his target market. “I’m no so certain whether 3D is casual. It adds a whole bunch of camera issues and control issues which require learning and I’m not sure that fits the casual mold.”
Kris Graft and Joe Keiser contributed to this report.