Word Jong is a game I found through reading user reviews. It’s not purely mahjong; it’s more like taking Boggle and mahjong, throwing the pieces in a blender, and enjoying the results (except for the broken blender part). It’s enormously entertaining for word game fanatics and “If you love Scrabble, you’ll love Word Jong.” (I do and I do.) I also purchased WordMaster, based on Amazon user reviews, and while I don’t enjoy it quite as much as Word Jong, it is definitely a contender for the senior games. Both are easy to see and untimed.
The reason having an untimed game is more enjoyable is the slower reaction time many baby boomers experience. Some of us cannot enjoy a game when we’re trying to beat the clock, too. The premier game publisher for us is PopCap Games. I have long played many of their games on PC and lost many hours to Peggle, Peggle Nights, Book Worm, Chuzzle (the only matching game I enjoy. There’s nothing like blowing up a few cute, little, fuzzy things!), and others. PopCap’s games are available in retail outlets, by directly downloading from the PopCap Games website, or for online play. Many of the games offer the choice of playing timed or untimed. When I read that they were releasing Peggle Dual Shot for the DS, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and pre-ordered from Amazon. I wasn’t disappointed. Combining Peggle and Peggle Nights, Dual Shot is a game you can play for a few minutes or a few hours. I’ve done both. It is not exactly like the original games, but it’s a great play on DS.
Last fall I learned that PopCap’s Book Worm was soon to be released; I pre-ordered this fantastic word game from Amazon. Again, not better or worse, just different. It’s both easy to learn and challenging to play, and another game that entertains for a few minutes or a few hours. Since the game saves when turned off, it’s possible to continue games throughout several sessions. PopCap games are hugely popular, and their appeal is not limited to retirees. To make me ecstatically happy, though, they should release a DS version of Chuzzle.