As the online gaming sphere continues to expand and developers scratch their heads as to what the next big trends will be. One of the things that has become trendy in many online games is inserting mini games within the setting of the main game itself.
This is by no means a new concept but is one that has been expanded on greatly in recent times thanks in part to the leaps and bounds that computing power and graphics systems have made.
Here we take a look at some of the online gaming titles, which have some of the best mini games lodged within their parent game. This allows players to take a break from a certain mission or level, to play a few casino games or even contest a round of darts or solve a quick puzzle or two. We also explore the sorts of games which are most frequently used as mini games by developers.
Even some mobile games are now expansive enough to be able to offer players mini games that can be unlocked and discovered within the main game
Classic Games Pop Up Across the Board
Often when including a mini game on the map of an open world title or an RPG game, it is useful for the player to instantly recognize what they are engaging with, so it does not take too long to work out how to play a card game or move the pieces on a board game.
This means that many developers like to adapt classic games that large swathes of their player base will already be familiar with, such as dominoes, blackjack, and bowling. Some of the popular titles that have used this approach include smash hit games like Red Dead Redemption and some the latest Grand Theft Auto games. Once players are done exploring Miami or the American Wild West they can even switch over to online providers of classic games and show their newfound skills at online blackjack tables, chess boards, or dominoes lobbies where games are kicking off almost every minute of every day.
Whether people play on mobile, PC, or console, they now often expect to see some fun mini games packed into the virtual ecosphere they spend their time frequenting
Big Brand Games Tap into Success of Their Predecessors
Another type of game that has become rather partial to building in-game mini games for their players to enjoy are those which come with a huge and recognizable brand attached, especially if that means a contemporary game that is simply the latest in a long line of online gaming titles.
A good example of this are the Stars Wars games, of which there have now been a countless amount; some of them flopping badly and others perfectly capturing the look and feel of the Star Wars universe. One of the flops was, unfortunately, Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, which garnered a lukewarm reception from both fans and critics alike.
However, lodged within its mediocre gameplay were a slew of mini games, all of which were some of the franchise’s earliest arcade button bashers, such as Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This means that a player could be forgiven for spending more time engaging with the mini games than the main game itself. Other big brand games that have employed the same mini game approach are Indiana Jones and Prince of Persia.
Mini Games Used to Entertain During Load Time
Some games these days are so enormous that there is no getting away from the fact that they take a huge amount of time to load. Rather than players being left to watch a loading bar tick towards 100% or abandon their screen altogether to make a cup of tea, developers have now started using mini games to entertain players while they wait for the main game to load.
This has been done in games like World of Warcraft, where players were treated to rounds of fun games like Peggle and Bejeweled, which made it feel as though loading time had flown by.