This game is trending in recent weeks.
As a game designer, I always prefer to start with the basics.
The real strength of the core of this game in my opinion is that narratively it is very weird.
I know that everything comes from Archero and games of this style. But, gamers very often do not know the history of video games.
Many people who will engage with this game, in short, will not know other previous successes of the same kind.
What the heck is a constantly firing mechanical snake doing in a maze? At first glance, it doesn’t make sense.
However, the numbers speak for themselves, which is why I wonder what fantasy it awakens in the players.
The MDA framework comes to help:
– Sensation: the game as sense-pleasure
– Challenge: game as an obstacle course
– Submission: game as a pastime
Those are the three essential keys to the beauty of this game for me. Everything else, therefore, may not even make sense! Plus, it may become a strength. Because it leaves the Players with the fantastic autonomy of imagination.
Think of the first Super Mario: it didn’t make any sense at all, because the goal at the time was not that. Nintendo was building on the pleasure of handling a gamepad and owning a console set for your home TV.
The rest was left to the player’s imagination. To some of us that shaped us, forever.
I like Sssnaker too much! The metagame is average and mediocre, though. Always the same. I know that works but how long will it last?