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Quick Bites

a collection by Wickedly · last updated 2016-10-26 13:58:42

Hi! My name's Ethan Thibault, and I'm a game design student and writer, and I freaking love little games. They're perfect to learn from, and usually offer completely different, boldly experimental experiences when compared to massive AAA releases. A lot of these smallers games that many would write off as prototypes have become some of my favorite games I've ever played.

So here at Quick Bites I'm curating every game I come across that I think everyone should play, especially designers just starting out.

Check out the full curated list on Tumblr.

a game about news cycles, vicious cycles, infinite cycles
Other
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Fall forever, hit the bells!
Platformer
simple volleyball multiplayer minigame
Sports

This game is so FUN. The combination of being able to grow/shrink vertically and "kick" by jutting your giraffe neck out gives a surprisingly amount of variation in ways to hit the ball, and there's a lot of fun to be had with spiking and throwing it up high, etc. The gangly leg animation sells the humor on it, and the whole enterprise is wrapped up impeccably with lovely aesthetic, sound, and design all around!

Also impressive to note is the inclusion of AI - it's always sad when a local multiplayer doesn't include an option for Single Player because then, frankly, most people simply won't be able to play it! GVC has an AI mode built in, AND it's good! The AI knows how to play but clearly doesn't have any way of cheating or using some extreme tactic to always win - it's almost like it's there just to have as much fun as you are.

The Dating-Site Simulator
Simulation

QuikDate by Giant Evil Robot is an endless dating website simulation that will crush your faith in humanity and make you laugh at the pointlessness of romance. Read More on Quick Bites.

Ludum Dare 34: Two-Buttons
Action
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Left Leaning by Tayl1r is a hilarious driving-puzzle game where the player can only turn left and futilely toot their horn in frustration. Your car is always driving forwards, very fastly, and the player is trying to get to the finish line, which is almost always in an inconvenient place. Read More on Quick Bites.

Just a regular biker.
Action

Shapeshifter Biker by More Mountains is a top-down endurance game about an eponymous shape-shifting biker avoiding black dune buggies in the desert while taking the form of various animals to aid in his escape. It was made form in 72 hours for Ludum Dare #35 and wow. Read More on Quick Bites.

Blow up a city with your face lasers!
Action

LASERFACE by nathan wentworth is a very simple Oculus Rift game about being Cyclops from X-Men - in other words, having a face that is also a laser. Read More at Quick Bites.

An abandoned underground garden growing strange plants.
Simulation
78 cards. 300 words. focus, breathe, and draw.
Other
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tiny tarot by Chelsea Stearns is a twine that acts as fortune teller, drawing three pixelated tarot cards and giving you a vague, but oddly fitting story and advice at the end. It was featured as part of Offworld's collection of twines under 300 words. Read More at Quick Bites.

two wolves go out for a night on the town
Other
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Wolfgirls in Love by Kitty Horrorshow is an interactive poem made in Twine and set to music. It tells the story of, as the title suggests, two wolfgirls in love. Read more on Quick Bites.

An "Escape the Room" kind of game made with less than 300 words for the Twiny Jam.
Adventure
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The Tiniest Room by Erik108 is another fantastic micro-twine, this time it's an entire escape-room experience inside of a Twine. It won't take you long, but you'll feel pretty smart when you're done, and then it's got a lovely twist. A fantastic example of how to build mechanics into hypertext (it can be done!). Read More on Quick Bites.

Tragic mermaid simulator.
Other
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little mermaids by prynette is a micro-twine that drastically reinterprets the mythology of mermaids in a beautiful, darker, more thoughtful way. It also only takes about 2-3 minutes to play, and every sentence is expertly, carefuly written. A beautiful twine made with under 300 words. Read More on Quick Bites.

shoot dildos at donald trump's head
Shooter

I wasn't sure about making this the Quick Bite of the week, but… shooting Donald Drumpf in the face with dildos is hilarious. On a more serious note it's also rare that games ever handle politics or poltical satire, and while this is pretty crass, it is still more measured than you'd expect. Read More on Quick Bites.

A ghost story from the world of Night In The Woods.
Adventure
A ten-second game
Other
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Queers in Love at the End of the World by anna anthropy is a ten-second Twine about your last moments with your lover at the end of the world. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and has a surprisingly amount of branching, much of which you simply won't have time to read. A great example of making a mechanic truly integral to the narrative, it makes every playthrough meaningful and tragic in equal measure. Read More on Quick Bites.

hack the planet
Other
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I love everything cyberpunk, and from the first analog synth stab I was onboard, butMAINFRAME also is a phenomenal example of how to package a small game well, despite it maybe being the maker's first project. There's polish from beginning to end of the it, but the ideas are simple and readily made; working with derivatives of famous arcade games is a phenomenal way to start out making games, but making them your own shows craftsmanship. Read More on Quick Bites.

A game about flipping tables!
Action
Use magic to grow a plant!
Other

Botany? by mimimicee is a spell-flinging plant-growing typing game with a charming aesthetic and great comedic timing, and an entry for the My First Game Jam. Read More on Quick Bites.

​Gather round the campfire and trace the constellations in this Night In The Woods supplemental!
Puzzle

Longest Night is a short story about four friends sitting around a campfire, finding constellations in the night sky and discussing the legends associated with them. These aren't our constellations nor our legends, however, and the friends give both snarky commentary and insightful looks into a totally different cultural mythology than our own. Read More on Quick Bites.

contemplative multiplayer game about death and acceptance
Other
Your wife just killed you!Get all the way up to surface for some sweet revenge
Action
A Wartime Garden Simulator
Simulation
Platformer

Cuckoo Castle by Rilem "is a mini-metroidvania made for the 4th edition of the #gbjam. In Cuckoo Castle you take control of a lonely knight seeking to defeat the evil force that resides in the Cuckoo Castle, an enormous castle that appeared out of nowhere." Read More on Quick Bites.

Action

Right Click to Necromance by Juicybeast is a short rogue-like game where the player is "a necromancer general who can resurrect fallen enemy soldiers to control them in its forever growing army." The biggest compliment I can give this game is that me and my friends have played it once a day since it came out. Read More on Quick Bites.

Free interactive love story set in modern Japan
Adventure
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kaleidoscopic elegiac flyscape
Other
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Other
Tell the story of The Mammoth.
Adventure
Ensure the Village, and its secrets, survives the treacherous Seasons.
Simulation

The Sacrifice by foxboard is "a management game where you, along with the five noble families of the Village, decide on what needs to be done in order to survive the island's harsh seasons." Read More on Quick Bites.

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