Every game plays around 3 factors: skill, luck, and stats.
- The first is the actual cognitive effort required to play it.
- Luck is about everything generated at runtime, developers set up rules for generation.
- Stats are carefully designed values that give the Players the first goal: grow them.
There are skill-based, luck-based, and stat-based games. Games whose principal factor is one of the 3. Within this game is possible to add more of the other 2 factors. You may earn more opportunities, for instance for monetization. On the other hand, you complicate a little the things. This translates usually to a more niche game.
What’s the key to creativity? The capacity of scoping things, removing the superfluous. Many successful games started with this concept in mind. Eventually, they evolved more complicated as their popularity grew. Some of the new Players will resist a little bit of friction to be part of the crowd, to not be left out. It’s important to see where they started if you desire to replicate their success.