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Friday Free Game: The Road Less Taken

I like to recommend games that are more polished than this, but I was surprised at how quickly I became addicted to The Road Less Taken; it's a strange little game. Move a yellow dot towards a green square while avoiding the numbered red squares. There's a pattern to it, and as Raph Koster says in A Theory of Fun, "once we see a pattern we delight in tracing it and in seeing it reoccur" (p. 27). The presentation is low-fi, but it grabs you because you just know you're smarter than it is. You see the patterns and want to master it.

I strongly suggest you try this game and ask yourself after ten or more levels: why is this fun?

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Comments on Friday Free Game: The Road Less Taken
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Saturday, March 17, 2007 1:16:00 PM
Because it reminds me of candy...
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Monday, March 19, 2007 3:04:00 PM
Umm... sure. That could be one reason.
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Monday, March 19, 2007 4:52:00 PM
And it also reminds me of camping, really. Had something like this on the PocketPc.

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