Please stop reading this post and go watch the first two minutes of this video (spoiler alert!).
The video is a complete walk-through of the excellent free game The Stanley Parable. The game can be completed in about 7 minutes, but you’ll want to play it over and over again to fully explore it (or you can just watch the full walk-through).
I don’t want to give too many spoilers, so I’ll just say it has some of the best narratives I’ve seen, including Bastion. The role of the narrator in this game is … unique.
So if you haven’t already, go see at least the first two minutes of the video, and I highly suggest you spend the full 31 minutes either playing or watching all the different endings.
This is a cute math game I’d recommend to anyone learning addition, and in general 🙂
You shoot two’s and three’s at numbers trying to subtract from them and get exactly zero.
At least that’s how I feel after I played a single time at it.
It’s a combination of 16 more and less familiar games, which are time-slotted – just try it. Most games are very easy, but the rapid changing of games makes it challenging. Another bit of coolness is that it analyzes your different game skills:
Not “the hardest game ever”, but the game looks really evil.
I think RTS games are currently wrong. What do I mean by that?
Current RTS games do test strategy and tactics, but they also require a high degree of micro-management. Top Starcraft players are measured by their APM, and a player with high thinking skills but a less than agile hand is at a disadvantage. The anticipatd Starcraft 2 doesn’t seem to hold great promise to change this.
What I want is this: In addition to the point-and-click action we all know (and love), I want RTS games to offer me strategy/tactics menus. I want to be able to order the computer AI things like:
Such commands should be easily programmable in the game as it ships. Special player-made commands could be added before and during a game. The player’s major role should be to select and define strategies, not to gather up individual drones to build structures or to micro-manage an attack. Of course, as I said, the micromanagement can stay, but it must not be how you spend the better part of a game.
Note that most of the “strategy commands” I want are probably already present at some form inside the computer’s native AI player. As a player, I want to have access to this AI and parts of it. Once this is developed enough, I can imagine different Starcraft tournaments where players are only allowed to pre-program the strategy.
Now I wonder how long till these ideas become reality and how difficult it would be to program a extension for the existing Starcraft that accomplishes something like this.