PopCap Video Games can improve mood and reduce depression

Peggle Extreme Fever Screen Shot

Are video games good for kids? Are they good for people struggling with depression? There is a new study out by the East Carolina University’s Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic that reviews that casual, non-violent video games can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and improve all aspects of mood by 57%!

About 20.9 million American adults suffer from a mood disorder, about 2/3rds of them are suffering from depression. About 18% of all American adults suffer from anxiety. This is an amazing treatment without medication.

So, whether you or a loved one is suffering from one of these symptoms or you just want to offer your family fun video games that is safe and positive, I have found the source for you. PopCap Games is the leading global developer of casual video games for the PC, mobile, social and other platforms.

Our entire family including my 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son have been enjoying 4 PopCap Games and are hooked! And yes, our moods are groovy.

Peggle Game Review

The game that is on our home computer the most lately is Peggle.  This low stress, high excitement game is a cross between the old Breakout game, Target Practice, Pego from the Price is Right, and a Pep Rally made JUST for you.

Peggle Screenshot
Peggle Gameplay

Simply, you shoot balls at colored blocks and knock them out.  There are about 5 different ways to win, 12 different characters with easy to understand special powers, and a few dozen different game boards give variety in gameplay and makes you sit up and take note of a new challenge.

What caught our eye the most in this game is the visual reward that you get after the completion of every level.  After even the training level 1 (which my 6 year old beat with some help) there are fireworks, huge bold letters stamped across the screen, and an alleluia chorus blaring outward.  What a fun reward!  It sounds hokey- but its makes a HUGE difference!

Peggle Extreme Fever Screen Shot

Bookworm Adventures Review

Elijah has really and truly taken to Bookworm Adventures.  He’s in Kindergarten and only just starting to read.  We received the title, and honestly thought it was going to be targeted towards younger kids- (which it obviously does attract) but it is open to all ages.

BookWorm Adventures

Utilizing 16 tiles, you spell words just like you would in Scrabble or Boggle.  Each time you spell a word, you attack one of the bad guys.   It’s not a high action game, and can be quite leisurely, but the bad guy component attracted Elijah.  The longer the word- the better the attack- so it gives incentives to use big words.

The game itself uses a lot of words to take you through the game- so reading is required, and it is not a learning to read game.

Plants vs. Zombies Review

There’s been plenty of press and even commercials and ads for Plants vs. Zombies.  It is a unique title with an interesting premise of Zombies that love to eat… vegetation.  Not really horrifying, no… but its probably the animated plants that spit objects at the zombies that are probably the scariest things in the game.

Plants vs. Zombies Gameplay

We found the gameplay a little bit slow, but novel enough for the kids.

Bejeweled3 Review

Match tiles and win! Being the third title in the series and its enormous popularity online, Bejeweled3 has its fans.  It takes only seconds to learn how to play- match up Sparkling jewels and get 4 or more in a row.

BeDazzled 3 Gameplay

The game is pretty, the jewels sparkle, and the game is straightforward.

Our favorite casual computer game

These 4 titles each have their draw to different personality types.  But the rah-rah excitement generated in the Peggle game, the game variety, and its lasting power has really made Peggle our favorite.

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Buy PopCap Games

PopCap Games are great any time of year, as birthday gifts, Father’s Day gifts, anniversary gifts, and more.

You can download PopCap Games right from their website. Most are $19.95 each to download. Some even give you a free 60 minute trail period before buying!

Win 6 Games of your Choice ($120+ value) (Closed)

Updated: 5/27/11 Winner Announced: Congratulations, Andrew Dankleff!

PopCap Games is offering one lucky winner 6 games of your choice! ($120+ value)!

For complete contest rules, please see our Contest Statement and Blog Disclosure.

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on May 25, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to PopCap Games who provided the products for review & giveaway.

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187 thoughts on “PopCap Video Games can improve mood and reduce depression

  1. Andrew Dankleff says:

    Thank you soo much, my wife and I are going to have so much fun playing these games! My son will be able to play soon enough as well!

    Thanks again!


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  5. phyloyd says:

    PopCap’s started in 2000, when John Vechey, Jason Kapalka and Brian Fiete decided to combine their experience from other game companies with their passion for simple, fun games. “try it before you buy it” marketing was born.

  6. wendy says:

    i really like the game bejeweled 3, i played it once but was only a sample of it. So would love to play the whole game.


    Love Peggle Deluxe. It has duel mode so both my husband & I can play it. It has 55 levels. It has extra power ups & challenges.
    Thank you
    Have a fantastic day.

  8. bestadventuregames says:

    Listed here are the most well-known Popcap games. These are exactly the games that made Popcap one of the best casual game developers around. Personally, I loved Bookworm Adventures the best. Popcap sent me a copy before for review (when I was making reviews) and I loved it a lot! Pretty laid back and really fun to play.

  9. Denice P says:

    i would be interested in playing insaniquarium. i’ve never played it before and i bet it gets harder as i go along which will give me a challenge.

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  13. Dan M. says:

    I didn’t know bookworm was a game that my kindergartener son could play…a learning game is always cool!

  14. Dawn says:

    I would get Escape Whisper Valley because I love that type of game where you hunt for hidden objects.

  15. Elaine Okupski says:

    I would like to play the PopCaps version of Plants vs. Zombies. I have played it at WorldWinner, but this looks like there are more “killer veggies”!

  16. connie black says:

    I would love to try the Vacation Quest or Bejeweled 3. They look like fun for both the kids and I.

  17. Elizabeth Aslakson says:

    I’ve been a big fan of PopCap games for years. I’ve been meaning to get Zuma’s Revenge for a while, so that’s the one I want to try next.

  18. Liza767 says:

    1.vacation quest
    2.bookworm adventures
    3.bookworm adventures 2
    5.peggle nights
    6.escape whisper valley

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