Last time, we looked at countdowns in games, how they are set up, and what elements you can use to make them more engaging. There are much more than will fit in a single article, though!
Countdowns are simple elements that appear in a lot of games, yet their design can be easily overlooked.
What is best in games? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and get cool weapon upgrades? Sadly, the alternative answer—”to heal the sick, bring people together, and make everyone happy”—never really took off.
What is a game? There are a lot of theories, and while most game designers will agree on certain aspects, there has never really been a solid answer.