Casual Games Arrive at Google+

Google Games Homepage
New Google Games dashboard. Image via Google.

Google has started to release an initial set of games with testing starting for selected users on the private Google+ Games homepage. The selection of games includes large developers such as Rovio (Angry Birds), Zynga and PopCap Games with many other games available also on Facebook.

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, wrote on the Google blog and told users “We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.” Users also have total control if they want the games section to be visible in their Google+ stream saying “Games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.”

Web developers should soon be able to use the Google+ platform with the creation of a new blog by Google. The use of the platform is only slowly being rolled out. Google explaining “we chose to start with a small number of partners so that we could experiment, get the kinks out of our APIs, and get real end-user feedback before opening up to the world. ”

The current game selection is:

  1. Angry Birds (Rovio)
  2. Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap Games)
  3. Bubble Island (Wooga)
  4. City of Wonder (Playdom)
  5. Collapse! Blast (GameHouse)
  6. Crime City
  7. Diamond Dash (Wooga)
  8. Dragon Age Legends (Electronic Arts)
  9. Dragons of Atlantis (Kabam Games)
  10. Edge World
  11. Flood-It! (Lab Pixies)
  12. Monster World (Wooga)
  13. Sudoku
  14. Wild Ones (PlayDom)
  15. Zombie Lane (Digital Chocolate)
  16. Zynga Poker (Zynga)
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