Sony and Nintendo held their direct events recently and both companies showcased upcoming original games as well as long-awaited sequels to select AAA titles like pikmine and God of the war. It’s not yet known if there will be any “game-within-game” experiences on these titles, but many of the best games in the history of the medium have included mini-games within them.
Witcher 3, for example,is almost universally considered one of the best games of 2015 and it’s no coincidence that it also has one of the most engaging and deep minigame experiences in Gwent. Red Dead Redemptionand Red Dead Redemption 2also include opportunities for competitive and varied mini-games. Games within games run the gamut from a fun diversion to better than the property that spawned it.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the award-winning entry in the famous Witcher franchise. It has so many game options and rewards long and repeated play. It makes it particularly incredible that it includes a minigame that holds up almost as well as the game itself. Gwent has four different factions, similar to magic the gathering and a variety of battle, ability, and effect cards.
There are endless possibilities for how a player can set up their deck and win. This is a fast-paced card game that players can sit down and play while in character as Geralt of Rivia. The game became so popular that people started collecting rare cards for their decks and organizing matches online. CD Projekt even came out Gwent: card gamefor Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
GTA IV and V
Pronounced “cubed”, this mini-game in the Grand Theft Auto is one of the many incredibly intricate details Rockstar developers are known for. The TetrisA puzzle game similar to this can be found in bars and clubs in both games.
Bearing a passing resemblance to Candy Crush, players stack colored blocks to connect four at which point the blocks disappear (with great sound design) and the player gets points. There is almost an infinity of things to do in GTA games, but gamers will be surprised how much time they spend on this arcade game.
8 manic mansion
tentacle day is a point-and-click adventure originally made for the PC in 1993. Prior to the release of this staple of the graphical adventure game genre, the same video game developers LucasArts created manic mansion, which was a success on its own. Both games are puzzle adventures with unique art styles that used the maximum graphics capabilities of PCs at the time.
However, because manic mansion came out in 1987, it wasn’t as advanced a game as Tentacle. In fact, the 1987 game was so much more advanced that it contained an Easter egg of the set. manic mansion game inside an arcade cabinet found in one of the levels. A true two-for-one gaming experience awaited buyers.
seven Classic NES Games
animal crossing was released on the Gamecube in 2001 for US markets and Nintendo fans were delighted to find all the secrets and special events built into the game. One of the hundreds of pieces of furniture available, but hard to find, is a video game set NES classics to decorate the player’s home.
But NES games aren’t just decoration, they can actually be played as full games. There are more than 15 titles including well-known games like donkey kong and a number of NES sports games available by completing tasks for neighbors and even finding them just hanging around. The ability to take a break from city repair with an old-school NES is another example of Nintendo still showing respect for its history.
call of Duty Black Ops
Zork is an early text adventure game for computers released in 1979. It was a prime example of what personal computers could do for the gaming industry and vice versa. Gaming has come a long way since the days of Zork, so much so that the entire game was included as a minigame in call of Duty Black Ops.
There is a level in call of Duty Black Ops where players can access a secret computer terminal. When it starts, the text begins to scroll and the player has the option of playing a full game of Zork. It’s a fun nod to the game’s history and also fun for anyone who loves text scrolling. Call of Duty maybe even learned a few things from Zork. Like the Intel laptops hidden in COD, Zork also requires players to solve multiple puzzles and access secret areas to find trophies and earn points.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Sometimes what makes a game within a game so good is how much it really feels like an actual game. In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Orlog is a completely invented game of dice and reels, but the carefully crafted wooden and stone game pieces make it look like it must have come from somewhere in history.
It’s a mix of dice, mancala and even Gwent de Witcher 3 and is a great way to take a break from killing Vikings. A physical version of the game has been released, so players can even hold the game pieces in their hands if they choose.
4 Mechanical Strike
Forbidden Horizon West
Chess is one of the oldest games in the world that is still played regularly, so it would make sense for the game to last long into the same future when Forbidden Horizon West takes place. Of course, some things should evolve in a game that lasts this long.
Machine Strike, is the chess analogue that players can spend time learning, when not hunting robotic dinosaurs. With the stat modifiers for the pieces, the game takes a little longer to learn than regular chess, but once understood it’s a game that exercises the strategic and logical brain muscles, making it an interesting diversion. .
3 Liar dice
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption no shortage of mini-games. Some towns in the west seem to be built around bars and brothels filled with poker, five-finger net and the funniest game, Liar’s Dice.
Liar’s Dice is a pretty simple game, if you can understand Yahtzee, you can understand this saloon game. But the simplicity makes it incredibly addictive, and many cowboys will find they’ve spent far too much time and money sitting at the table.
2 Crash Bandicoot
Naughty Dog has decided to slip a fantastic Easter egg into Uncharted 4 with a cutscene of the main character, Nathan Drake playing another Naughty Dog property, Crash Bandicoot. At first, it looks like the scene is just a nod to the famous game series. But soon it is revealed that the game is going to allow the player to play one level of the original Crash Bandicoot.
Not the entire game is available, but even the single level of the singular game is enough to make it one of the best Easter Eggs in video gaming. Moreover, since it was a year before the N. Sane Trilogy was released, it serves as both a nod to the original and clever marketing for the reboot. And it’s not the only one Accident reference in the game. After the boat chase, Nathan Drake wakes up on the beach in exactly the same order as Crash at the start of his game.
1 Geometry Wars
Gotham Racing Project
It may surprise some to learn that Geometry Wars did not start out as a standalone game. Most will know it as Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, which was at one point the most downloaded game on Xbox Live Arcade. It’s about shooting colorful geometric shapes and trying to stay alive as long as possible against ever-increasing swarms of enemies.
But Geometry Wars was originally just a mini-game in Gotham Racing Project. In the garage where players repaired their cars, there were arcade cabinets in the back with complete and playable games, one of which was now ubiquitous, Geometry wars.
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