Games Need inspiration for games?

Discussion in 'Game Development' started by Sandman, May 29, 2018.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Now and then I waste a little time playing games I can find on the Google Play Store. Sometimes I find a game that feels ripe for a remake using B4X. Sometimes because it's just fun and seems like a nice challenge for a single person to make. Other times because it's like the game I played which was weird (in an interesting way) or unpolished enough to not fulfill its potential.

    I know that sometimes people are looking for ideas for games. Here's a list of games I have found that might serve as inspiration, or at least spark some interesting discussions. :) It's also worth noting that they all have names that are great.

    Retro Highway
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nicolaigd.retrohighway
    Such a nice retro game! I never even liked these games in the good ol' days, but this is just great! Plus I like how "Retro" made it into the name.
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    Heads Off
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.ponos.korogarimasu
    This is such a bizarre game, in a very good way. Perfect name!
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    Fingertip Balance
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.boedec.hoel.fingertipbalance
    I guess there are lots and lots of games just like this, but it still seems worthwile, especially considering it's probably not a huge challenge. I like how well (read: simple) the user interface is here. No "press button to start", just flip it to start the timer.
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    Seedship
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.johnayliff.seedship
    This is a really different game. Completely text based, still with an element of stress once you get into it. I recommend it. Really poetic and fitting name.
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    Short Life
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gametornado.short_life
    A ragdoll physics game that is just insanely violent and gruesome, which obviously is fun when done in good taste. :)
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    Survive
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sandbaygames.survive
    This is an amazing game that I really recommend. Sort of same thing as Seedship, as it's also (mostly) text based, but still riveting (even more so than Seedship). To quote from the description: ”Wilderness survival simulation game. Travel to safety”. Really difficult, by the way. First time you reach civilization it feels like a real victory. :)
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    Various Guys
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iwatanatto.app18
    If you managed to read all the way here, I'll give you my very best inspiration. This game is like a proof of concept, it could really do with some more game elements as it's just too simple as it is. But it's sooo satisfying watching the various guys run around and do their thing. Look at the number of downloads, and the average score - if one were to remake this and polish it up just right it might be a real winner. Even the name for this game is amazing. It's so off that it's perfect.
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    If there's interest I can add more games to this list as I find them. Which doesn't happen too often, this was a big post of games I found over a quite long period.
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
  2. LucaMs

    LucaMs Expert Licensed User

    They are all already published on Google Play?! :eek:
     
  3. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    I think he just lists games he wants to make in B4X.
     
  4. Sandman

    Sandman Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Yes. Not sure what the surprise is here, but I clarified it in my post to minimize confusion.

    No. I edited my post to clarify that this list might be inspiration for somebody else, if they are interested.
     
  5. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User

    retro highway looks nice
     
  6. andymc

    andymc Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I love retro high way .I just need to figure out how to do the graphics using libgdx
     
  7. Sandman

    Sandman Well-Known Member Licensed User

    It's great, yeah? :) I also found it really smart to put the word Retro in the title of the game, together with a super pixelated icon. I was about to say it was instant recognition, but that's not true as I had never seen the game before. It's even better - it's instant understanding of what it is.

    On that topic, considering your history of different space invaders... Perhaps a Retro Invaders, with a fitting icon would be something? (I found one game in Play with that name, but the icon didn't match at all.)
     
  8. andymc

    andymc Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Retro highway - love it - would like to write my own

    Heads off - What the hell did I just play??? What are the developer smoking?

    Fingertip balance, like it, quick and easy to put together using box2D

    Seedship, nice, feels like an old 80s text adventrue

    Not played the rest yet.
     
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  9. Sandman

    Sandman Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Right!? I love how insanely weird it is! :-D (And yet still, very calm and poetic now and then.)
     
  10. Sandman

    Sandman Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I just remembered that I read an interesting article a couple of years ago. Might be interesting for you, if you're serious about making a game like this. I wouldn't be the least surprised if the maker of Retro Highway have studied this exact text. :)

    Lou's Pseudo 3d Page
    http://www.extentofthejam.com/pseudo/
     
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