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Microsoft Studios wants you to help it decide which casual game it should make next

Microsoft Studios not only has high-end games it publishes, but also casual games like its ever-popular Solitare Collection, and also games like Bingo, Minesweeper and more. Now the casual games division wants to make an all-new game, and it has five concepts that will be voted on by the public.

The five game concepts are:

  • Chess - Microsoft Chess is back and better than ever! Play against the computer, against a friend, or use the matchmaker to find someone to play in a rated or casual game. You can have multiple games going at the same time and there are new Daily Challenges every day to exercise your brain.
  • Bubble - Do you enjoy shooting bubbles upward and bouncing them off walls to try to make a match of 3 or more so they all pop and fall down? Classic bubble shooter games have been around for years and if you like this style of game, you will love Microsoft Bubble. With multiple game modes, powerups and daily challenges, you can try to pop past your friends or just relax and see how far you can get on your own!
  • Casino - Take a gamble and let it ride in Microsoft Casino. A common bankroll across multiple games- including Video Poker, Blackjack, Slots, Craps, and Roulette. The most beautiful Casino title, optimized for Windows 10! Play for free and collect good luck charms to up your odds of winning!
  • Hearts - Microsoft Hearts has been a staple in Windows for many years, and it's coming back! With single player, multiplayer and Daily Challenges, this game is sure to capture the hearts of everyone from the first time player to the true master.
  • Word - With several word games, multiplayer tournament modes, and new Daily Challenges every day, Microsoft Ultimate Word Games is the best collection of word games you'll find.

The public has until December 17 to vote on their top three game concepts out of this group of five. They can also sign up to be a Microsoft Casual Games Inner Circle Member, which will allow them to get early access to new game features and help the team with input on their future game projects.

Thanks to "Philip_17" for the tip

Source: Microsoft

196 Comments
  • Word is already covered I'd say. Others look nice though. Think I'd prefer Bubble though.
  • Dumbledore told you that? Are you from Hogwarts? XD
  • His name isn't a parody of Harry Potter for your question to be legit ;-)
  • The bubble thing reminded me of Pang. Played it like mad on my Amiga.
  • Titan chess!!!!
  • What if they reinvented battle chess
  • Seconded!
  • Yeah but then Apple would just make it magical and say they invented chess.
  • Battle chess!!!
  • 3D Pinball space cadet FTW
  • You sir deserves a cookie! Man I miss that game. They should have it for windows 10 as a universal app!
  • Second that, but I already extracted from windows xp! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I want that old downhill ski game back. Edit: Skifree!!!
  • YUP!!!! Skifree is the name
  • Oh right! Thank you.
  • http://ski.ihoc.net/ - the guy who wrote it made it work on modern systems.
  • I got Ski Free on my 8 year old Laptop with windows 10 :)
    You need a pc with 32 bit, because the game is 16 bit. I also like Chips challenge and Jezzball. They are all a part of Microsoft Entertainment Pack.
  • Chips Challenge, yes. I remember playing it in the days I had Windows 3.1
  • Chips challenge is out on Steam now.   http://ski.ihoc.net/ has skifree for free. He updated it to work on 64bit machines.
  • Pinball!
  • Yes, that's what I first thought of when I saw this. 3D Space Cadet Pinball.
  • I don't think Microsoft owns the rights for that. I think EA is the current copyright holder as the original was developed by Maxis.
  • I think it's one of those that Maxis made it and it was publish by Microsoft but EA bought them out and now the rights to it are in the air, but I'll have to do more research into it as I'd love to see a return someday.
  • Lol goldeneye
  • Maxis was the publisher.The Developer of the game is Cinematronics LLC.Also the second version of the game that Windows XP has was publish by Microsoft and not Maxis
  • The last version of plus for xp has it
  • ^^thiss^^
  • Chess!
  • Yes!
  • Microsoft Chess Collection!!!!!!
  • Yes! Chess!
  • +Chess
  • Yes yes
  • +735
  • Chess all the way
  • Chess!
  • Microsoft Euchre. That is what we need.
  • Upvote a thousand times.
  • Trickster euchre is very good and it's free! I play all the time. Excellent app overall.
  • Yes this ^
  • Tic tac toe!
  • yes!
  • Battle chess!
  • Sadly, that's Interplays property, I'd love this on mobile though.
  • I loved that game. It desperately needs a remake.
  • It does, it's a green light game on Steam, sadly it's not as good and it seems as if development has stopped on it.
  • Chess would be good.
  • Chips Challenge!!!!!!
  • I was thinking the same. Good memories :)
  • Poker poker
  • Poker!
  • I would really like to see these on iPad..
  • Rock paper scissors
  • I think they allready has that in MS-DOS Mobile :)
  • I always win in, rock, paper, scissors !
  • Chess
  • A good spades game would be great.
  • 1. Chess. 2. Word games. 3. Casino.
  • We need freaking Space Cadet Pinball!
  • It's already available under a different name: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=673fc8df-0fe5-4dea-bc7d-f233ed6118ca
  • Must be chess. Must be chess. Many fond memories of Chess Titans on Windows 7.
  • What about the good old qbasic game Gorilla? :) otherwise my vote is on chess.
  • Ha! That's a blast from the past. Tossing exploding bananas. Doesn't get much better than that.
  • Battleships
  • ^This
  • Online chess and online hearts
  • Chess definitely
  • Bubble would be nice.
  • War!
  • Leisure suite Larry?
  • Ha ha!
  • Chess and Casino. Hoyle Casino made a good release in 2004 and essentially kept rereleasing it every year with minimal changes...wouldn't mind a replacement or alternative (especially if it incorporated leaderboards or some other form of online play). And I've missed having Chess since they decided to nix Chess Titans.  
  • I completely agree with you.
  • Uahahah BRISCOLA (don't know how to say in English, but it's the most popular Italian card game)
  • Hearts online!
  • Need chess.
  • Settlers of Catan!
  • Halo Master Chief Collection. Thank you.
  • Lol....seriously dude
  • Yaaaas In all seriousness... Nobody is saying hearts :(
  • They ought to fix Solitaire first. Quite simply the biggest battery drainer ever. I would even suggest that the 950xl should block access to it in the store. Don't believe me? Download it and try it. Minster app.
  • Bring back Chip's Challenge
  • That would be awesome.
  • We NEED decent chess game on windows phone/10 Mobile, please! Also update sudoku! Is amazing that loading screen lasts 30 seconds and the game don't even fit a 5 inch screen 
  • Wordament (sp?) also displays poorly on some PCs under W10. They need to check all their apps on W10 desktop and mobile.
  • Chess. But please make an option to remove ads!
  • They should make all of them or shut down. It's sad to see they are making less and less games.
  • Billiard
  • Probably not casual but I really want Audiosurf Tilt from the Zune days! If Microsoft makes it they can probably allow it to work with DRM music.
  • Casino > chess > word
  • Oh man I'm all in for chess.
  • Cards Against Humanity. Also, I'd like to see crazy eights countdown. And Cribbage.
  • I'd vote for them fixing their existing games so they don't suck up so much battery. Seriously, I'd really like to know why a casual game played on a Surface Pro 3 i7 heats it up as if I were doing 4K video editing. For that reason, I've avoided the casual games made by Microsoft. If anyone has a different experience, I'd like to hear about it!
  • Spades
  • Sorry
  • Battlechess!
  • Bring Pinball Back
  • Wow, I am the only one who wants the Word game. I really enjoy their casual games. Seriously.
  • More word games! Though it'd be tough to top snap attack. Maybe a word game that's not speed based would be good to round things out.
  • AlphaJax?
  • Updated version of Hover! & maybe a version of tinker with level editor with option to exchange levels
  • Where is Taptiles? Great Windows 8 game, never came to phone.
  • Love taptiles
  • Word Game !
  • Chess! Would like to see backgammon played it for hours on xp and 7
  • Chess gets my vote.
  • Chess, this is the only game which Microsoft still doesn't release still..
  • Where exactly do we go to vote? I didn't see it in the article. My vote is Chess, btw. :-)
  • Launch one the casual games like solitaire or mahjong and you'll see the option when the game starts.
  • https://microsoftstudios.com/microsoftcasualgames/
  • Pinochle
  • Games from backflip and gamelion studios
  • Bring back MS Tinker!!
    Best effin game!
  • MS TINKER
  • Casino, Bubble, Chess. In that order!
  • I would like either chess, spades, or sheepshead.
  • Word
  • Hearts
  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaas
  • My first card game I learnt from my friend
  • All of the games. At this point, if MS can think of it, they should be making it. The bigger the app spread, the bigger (and happier) the user base.​
  • This is true, as desktop users like the games and mobile users benefit!
  • Microsoft Hearts
  • Your games totally Sucks .. Bring best quality apps and top rated games around the world.. We don't want any pathetic game from you. Are you sleeping Microsoft. ?
  • C'mon bro...
  • We need best quality people for that. Are you one of them?!
  • how about Halo?
  • Microsoft games are top notch.
  • Windows 1 Reversi!
  • Yes, that would be fun!
  • I don't see any reason why we have to choose. All five games need to come to the platform. My official vote is Chess, but they should be trying to pump out as many of these as they can.
  • The hearts description makes it seem like it's been decided to comeback They should bring all of them, you are right.
  • Read carefully: Which game they should make NEXT. It doesn't mean that they are only going to make the game we'll choose.
  • Anything but Casino
  • U already have Minecraft. No's make another game which can be a hit on all mobile operating systems. Make something which where u can attract ppl to windows 10 mobile.
  • I want motor cross madness on my phone.
  • For those asking for Pinball: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=673fc8df-0fe5-4dea-bc7d-f233ed6118ca
  • this is a rip off
  • Omg YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS
    I don't care if it's a ripoff it's abandonware anyways YAAAAAAAAAAAS.
  • First of all makes your games free
  • They are free.
  • I don't know why but I also thought of "X & Os".
  • Flight Simulator XI!!!
  • Please we want a 3d CHESS from Microsoft!!!
  • Chesssssssssssss !!
  • We want Microsoft to make chess because there is no chess in Windows store!!
  • Why can't they do proper UWP apps from the existing games (minesweeper!!) with all features on mobile too ? :/
    Anyway if live to see chess :)
  • Kingdom rush please.
  • Riversi!!!
  • Chess with animated pieces... Like when a pawn is taken by a Knight, there's a wacky animation of the pawn being shattered by the Knight! ( inspired from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Posted via the Windows Central App
  • You're talking about "battle chess". That game was awesome. Would love to see a modern remake of it.
  • Chess of course
  • I don't feel we need another Hearts, Bubbles, Chess or Words clone. There are plenty of those already. Games that mimic some sort of casino game, same story ofcourse.
    What I would like to see is a reworked version of "Loose Your Marbles!" that came with Plus! For win98. I know that it wasn't made by Microsoft and in the end it was kind of another match-3 game, but with a unique twist and very addictive. I never found a worthy successor.
  • Freeski and hearts
  • Rise of nations HD
  • Digger Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hearts anybody?.... No? ok..
  • I wanted pinball
  • Chess
  • It's not here, but why not The Bill Gates No Trump Bridge Suite? Gates is a known bridge player, NT (no trump) is the best bid, and Bridge Baron is not available for Windows Mobile.
  • They need to remake that skiing game that came out on Windows 95 where the yeti shows up after 2 minutes and eats you no matter what you do.
  • Maybe they should make a trivia game focused around your avatar. ​What Canadian rock trio was formed in August, 1968?  
  • Rush?
  • My favorite of the five options displayed is Crueball. If you're confused, look 'behind' the game options. Crueball is always there.
  • Give me roadrash. I will pay for that app.
  • I will pay insane amount for that
  • Casino we need!
  • The Settlers 8
  • Ayyee Chess
  • Crowd sourcing what to do next. Really Microsoft?
  • Give your customers what they want. You think that's a bad idea?
  • It shows that they don't know what to do. Give us some ideas please! We're stuck! We're a software company and can't come up with a game idea.
  • Actually, they came up with five very nice ideas.
  • Are you an idiot or a troll?
  • Omar Sharif's Bridge. Euchre is nice but Bridge is more challenging.
  • They all sound good. Why not do them all?
  • Bounce. Need I say anything more?
  • Chess and Pinball!
  • Chess!!!!
  • I can ask why ms buying lumia. And after that. Forgot and after 2and half years made 950 with old design with no apple or s5 overleaping features. Why they killing lumia??
  • Why not Battleship??
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Minesweeper
  • Zune
  • Super Mario
  • Hearts, I always wanted hearts in windows 10!
  •    I went for Chess, Bubble and Casino in that order. I haven't seen a good chess game in a while.
  • None. And most of all not have them install without permission Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Bubbles is the word.
  • I signed in and it didn't let me vote. When I press 'Vote for Chess' the page scrolls up to the beginning. They couldn't even make a bloody vote system work on a webpage! WTF is wrong with this company? No wonder WP is 3% of the market. Pretty fair.
  • Poker.
  • Something like candy crush
  • Lemmings! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Poker
  • Age of Empires IV. Sorry, I just couldn't resist ;-)
  • Hearts, word and scrabble blast