What’s the Game du Jour?

There’s no disguising what Game du Jour is all about. The developers have taken the idea behind Woot! — selling one product per day at a hugely discounted price — and applied to the quickly expanding world of casual games. Launched in 2006, the Silicon Valley-based company wants to get some serious attention from net savvy bargain hunters, and what better way to reach the best-informed Internet users on the planet than to order a ReviewMe review from John Chow dot Com. After all, there are over 7000 potential customers being reached via full feed RSS.

One Deal Per Day

At its core, Game du Jour wants to sell you a new casual game each and every day at a “deeply discounted” price. For example, when I was writing this review on Tuesday afternoon, the deal was for “Pretty Good Solitaire”.

game du jour - deal a day casual game

Based on the short write-up, this is a collection 660 card games, making it the “Rolls Royce of all solitaire games.” The special “Game du Jour price” of $12 (50% off) was available for 24 hours, ending at 12 midnight CST. There’s even a countdown clock to let you know how much time you have left.

Try Before You Buy

Just like every other casual game website out there — Big Fish Games, Real Arcade, and Gamehouse are among the biggest players in the market — Game du Jour also offers free game trials. This way, you can take the title out for a 60-minute test drive, complete with full access to all of the game’s features.

You’ll want to rifle through the trial pretty quickly, obviously, because you don’t want that 24-hour clock to run out on you. This is especially true if you download the game closer to the midnight CST deadline.

Over 200 Games At Your Disposal

This is a rather major difference between Game du Jour and Woot. Whereas the latter only sells one item a day, not allowing you to purchase anything else, Game du Jour opens up its entire library on any given day; it’s just that there is only one game being offered at a massive discount. The rest of library can be purchased, typically, for between $10 and $25 each.

game du jour - 200+ casual games

The library of casual and independent games is quite varied, ensuring that they’ve got an offering for just about any kind of casual gamer. Tile lovers can get their fix from 3D Magic Mahjong, action junkies can turn to AirStrike 3D, and simulation enthusiasts might want to check out AIT Trains. And that’s all within the first 15 titles in the 200+ game library.

I’m disappointed that the large number of games isn’t organized very well. They’re all just listed in alphabetical order with small screenshots. I suggest that they organize the games into categories — like puzzle, action, and card — so that users can better find what they’re looking for.

A Gaming Community

The idea is there, but the execution is a little lacking. Instead of having a centralized forum, there are individual comment forms linked to each of the product pages. If you take a look at AirHockey 3D, for example, you’re initially shown a description and a list of features, but there are tabs for discussing the game and telling your friends about it.

game du jour - comment form

Sadly, you’ll be hard pressed to find any comments posted at all. I feel the discussion would be better in a semi-separate forum, which can easily be monetized with a series of affiliate ads. They’re already doing affiliate links for each and every game publisher.

Play Games for Cheap

Casual and independent games are quickly rising in popularity, so it makes sense to launch a website that captures this growing audience. In fact, Game du Jour is the first “one deal a day” website for indie and casual PC games. Whereas all the other portals sell their games at regular price all the time, Game du Jour can sell the exact same game for half that price. Better still, they have an RSS feed so you’ll never miss a deal.

The concept behind Game du Jour seems to be a sound one. That said, I’d personally change the logo to something a little more distinctive, organize the library into categories, and open up a forum if they are truly interested in discussion.


49 thoughts on “What’s the Game du Jour?”

  1. awflasher says:

    Hey John, so many amazing games ^_^
    great ~
    But i just wanna take some trials, so little time for playing.

    1. Don’t you mean hey Michael? Read the freaking byline 🙄

      1. Daniel says:

        Yes…this post by Michael Kwan… 😳

        1. KingJacob says:

          was I the only one that read that a michelle kwan 😳

          1. WTF that’s pretty funny 😆

    2. Agreed. haha I am too cheap I guess. *=)

    3. Geedos says:

      This comment thread raises a good point though. When you order a review to appear on this site do you have a say in who actually does the review?

      What’s more important – the review appearing on this site alone, or that combined with the review author.

      No offence to Michael (as I think his reviews are good) but wouldn’t most people want a John Chow review to be done by John himself?

      1. Very good point, I’d like to know the answer.

  2. That’s the second mention of casual/indie gaming I’ve read today. Didn’t realise that it was making such a big come back.

  3. amazing games
    will give it try
    thanks john

  4. Just came across your blog – some great posts. Keep it up! 🙂

    1. Daniel says:

      John always good in posting… 😉

      1. Daniel says:

        Correction for my comment,

        John always good in posting…and he choose just good person to post in his blog… 😳

        1. He’s not bad at commenting either

  5. Click Input says:

    You guys realize John didn’t post this right?

    And like #2, I am also amazed that such games are making a comeback. Can’t say I’ve ever bought one and I likely never will.

    1. Thank you! I swear every time someone else posts on this blog there are 10-15 comments saying “nice post john”. I could understand missing it once or maybe twice but serial offenders should be banned from having a blog. 😈

      1. Daniel says:

        😈 I’m fooled…

  6. Ruchir says:

    It’s pretty hard to believe casual games are actually making a comeback. I mean even kids nowadays play hardcore games like Half Life…

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      The target audience for casual games aren’t kids. The target demographic is adult women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

      1. Scam says:

        Do women of that age know how to switch a computer on? 😆

      2. I know quite a few guys that play these kinds of games too, certainly not kids though.

  7. Steven says:

    I’d personally spend money on better games if I had the time to play games. If I wanted to play casual games, newgrounds and miniclips work just fine.

    1. Geedos says:

      Considering these are casual games I think they are actually quite expensive. 25 bucks for a casual game is fair wedge.

      1. yeah I agree, you can easily find these types of games for free, in fact, I could make 1 or 2, any takers?

  8. Sunny says:

    With so many free games out there on the net, I’m curious to who actually buys these.

  9. Ruchir says:

    I agree. If I actually wanted to play casual games, I’d rather go to MiniClip than actually shell out money…

    1. Daniel says:

      ya…why spend money if you can get it for free?

      1. Yup.why need to spend money if can get it for free ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗

      2. Wahlau.NET says:

        i won’t pay for it either

  10. mason says:

    ehhh the idea is alright I guess. so many cool ideas lately and selling stuff for cheap just doesn’t stand out for me lol.

    1. Like someone else said, 25 bucks isn’t exactly cheap

  11. KingJacob says:

    Meh 🙄 …they are just cheap(as in “quality”) games being sold at a ridiculous profit. Most of those games are free or shareware, you can go to wal-mart and by a disk of 600 games for 10 bucks.

  12. Paying over $10 to play solitair, ridiculous

    1. mason says:

      LOL… isn’t it more than solitaire though? 😐

      1. Geedos says:

        Yeah but not ten dollars worth more!

        1. Solitaire isn’t even that great, I don’t care if the game size is half a gig worth of extras, I’m not paying 10 dollars

  13. sandossu says:

    Those games doesn’t seem to be worth the price, sincerely. I think you can find even better and free alternatives of them.

  14. These games seem way too expensive. With a bit of hunting, you can find equivalent games for very little, or FREE! 😈

  15. Aibek says:

    Love the concept, but seems it wont work well for games. There are just too many free ones. But wait, that’s internet, anything possible here. So let’s see.:-)

    1. Yeah there’s always some rich kid that doesn’t know any better

  16. John Bennett says:

    I’m always looking for Fun gaming sites. I’ll have to check this out.

    1. don’t bother, google for some free ones

  17. Game du Jour says:

    A quick note to let everyone know that we have added categories to the archives…

    1. Thats an improvement for sure

  18. sandossu says:

    I wonder if they managed to sold enough games to pay for the review

    1. Must’ve done something right

  19. Maria says:

    The posts here are really interesting! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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