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Why We Say 'I Do' to Weddings in Casual Games

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By Sara Hardin

Television history was made in 1994 when Rachel Green entered the Central Perk in her sopping wet wedding dress on the pilot episode of Friends. “The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate” turned the expectations for portraying a wedding on its head—instead of the glitz, glam, and giddiness typically associated with the Big Day, Rachel left her fiancé at the altar after realizing she didn’t truly love him. Thus, Rachel is thrown into the ragtag group of friends the world quickly grew to love.

Weddings and romance—happy endings or otherwise—are an excellent way to develop characters in any narrative, and casual game stories are no exception. Multiple developers—most notably, our own client Metacore—have even capitalized on the failed-wedding trope for themselves as part of their marketing, and there’s little doubt as to why; the idea of a love turned sour is compelling. If we’re immediately asking, “Why? What went wrong?” then the content has already hooked us.

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Grandma Ursula comforts Maddie in this ad for Merge Mansion.

While there’s plenty of room for gossip and drama in casual game narrative—in fact, it’s something we at Brunette Games are constantly encouraging our clients to explore—the same can be said for happy and healthy relationships. Watching a romance grow from nothing to a-lot-more-than-something is hugely rewarding for audiences. A great example of this type of relationship development is seen in The Office between Jim and Pam. By the time they shared their first kiss, viewers who had been around since the beginning were crying happy tears (and maybe I’m projecting since that was definitely my experience… but I don’t think I’m too far off). Their friendship turned forbidden-crush turned passionate-romance is a hugely successful representation of the art of the slow burn. The payoff continues as we watch them get engaged and eventually married, and their relationship arc remains one of the most enjoyable parts of every rewatch for longtime fans.

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“I thought they'd be good together, like PB&J. Pam Beasley... and Jim. What a waste. What. A. Waste.”

Even if a game’s narrative leans more “playful comedy” than “mysterious drama,” the potential for exploring budding romance remains. In Redemption Games’ Sweet Escapes, the diva poodle Cherry and cantankerous hyena Buzz are an adorable representation of when opposites attract. They even get engaged and married, a development that was warmly received by long-term players. This kind of relationship growth has huge payoff for games with hours upon hours of gameplay: If the audience is dying to see if a romance is going to go somewhere exciting, they’re eager to continue playing to find out more.

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Sweet Escapes fans root for the unlikely romance between Cherry and Buzz.

In addition to romance in general, we think mature romance deserves more time in the spotlight. In ZiMAD’s Jigsaw Puzzle Villa, side character Emilio starts the game having silently pined after Valentina for years. Valentina, heart shattered by a disastrous marriage to an unfaithful man, takes some time to come around to Emilio’s affections—but when she does, she’s ready to embrace the quality of love she’s always deserved.

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Twenty-somethings aren’t the only people falling in love, and they certainly aren’t the only ones playing mobile games—all the more reason to make space for this type of romance in our narratives. This is an area of representation that often gets overlooked. We occasionally find a sense of reluctance to explore the dynamics of existing marriages and long-term relationships in our stories, which feels like a missed opportunity; these situations lend themselves to drama just as often—if not more—than a new, blossoming romance. The conflict in these instances is often more nuanced, less petty, and complicated by years of intimate connection. The interest in these storylines doesn’t have to taper after the wedding bells have rung.

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All this to say, we hope to see more opportunities for weddings and multi-faceted relationships in our future. The appeal, charm, and heartstring-pulling potential can’t be overstated—happy ending, or otherwise.


New Release! Puzzle Your Way through a Charming Story in ZiMAD's 'Jigsaw Puzzle Villa'

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By Sara Hardin

Brunette Games is thrilled to announce the release of ZiMAD's new game, Jigsaw Puzzle Villa. Lisa Brunette designed the concept, story, and most of the characters, as well as wrote the dialogue for the first few chapters. I extended the story design, characters, and dialogue in the later launch build chapters, with help from Jenna Hume and Dexter Woltman.

In this endearing game, you play as Justine, a passionate jigsaw puzzler who finds herself falling in love with Spain when she attends a championship competition there. Friendships blossom, romance sparks, and beauty abounds as Justine helps her host and new friend Valentina give her villa a new lease on life.

ZiMAD's passionate team was a dream to work with on this project, and their dedication is clear in the beautiful art they've created to accompany this rich cast of characters. If you're still not sold, wait until you hear that you get to name a goat... one who's a surprisingly good listener, at that. We know you'll be as charmed by this game as we are. Check it out on the Google Play Store now!

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Official Description

Welcome to the Puzzle Competition World! Justine needs your help! Win the championship by solving jigsaw puzzles! Renovate the Villa! Solve a jigsaw puzzle, earn coins, and obtain fancy modern things for the house! Turn an abandoned mansion into a stunning Villa!

Enjoy your favorite design puzzle game and take part in the Jigsaw Puzzle Villa competition with Justine. Become a champion jigsaw puzzle solver!

HOW TO PLAY
1. Put puzzle pieces together to complete colorful HD pictures;
2. Gain energy, earn coins, and use them to decorate the Mansion;
3. Use boosters and hints to solve puzzles – re decor the House as quickly as possible!
4. Renovate the first room and go to the next one, which will be even more interesting! There are so many rooms in this old house!
5. Follow the captivating plot of Justine’s puzzle competition story.

You have an amazing opportunity to renovate and decorate an old Spanish Villa the way you want!
But remember, puzzle solving is an important mission in this home design game. You can choose the level of difficulty and the number of jigsaw puzzle pieces. Do puzzles to unlock more furniture for the Mansion!

FEATURES:
- immersion in exciting puzzle solving competition;
- combination of free puzzles and home design gameplay makes the game more enjoyable and entertaining;
- more than 1000 colorful HD pictures!
- opportunity to choose puzzle difficulty (more pieces – more coins!)
- hints to help with jigsaws;
- great variety of different furniture and house decorations;
- huge number of rooms awaiting renovation!
- exciting plot of Justine’s story;
- captivating dialogues;
- excellent graphics and sound;
- free game with in-app purchases – make faster progress through the story!
- regular updates with new levels and furniture pieces!

Do you like puzzles and interior design games? Download Jigsaw Puzzle Villa, an incredibly exciting decoration puzzle game!
Solve more jigsaw puzzles and help Justine win the World Puzzle Championship!
Villa renovation, home design, and jigsaw puzzles – 100% fun guaranteed!

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