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Games that will make you a better game designer

GOGmix by Dunam's avatarDunam 3votes

System Shock™ 2

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: What do you get if you combine a young team of eager developers with a few experienced ones? A game full of good ideas and gameplay that is still being copied. It may be full of bugs and it runs out of steam at the end, but SS2 is unforgettable.

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Blackwell Bundle

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: Adventure gaming is not dead. Here's an example what a small studio can do when it plays to their strength (here it is voice work). Comes with an exhaustive developer commentary that tells you why each choice was made.

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Planescape: Torment

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: Planescape's design doc is downloadable online somewhere and worth the read. Every page screams "if you have a choice between what's done before and doing something in a new way, pick the new one". Even if that means inventory items are characters.

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Last Express, The

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: This is a game for people that love foreign cultures and languages. The game features about 7 different spoken languages and only those that your character understands are translated by subtitles. Full of original ideas. Making of youtube videos!

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Star Control 1+2

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: Here's one of the key things to create a good game: Find a very small fun engagement (super melee) and build a game around that. Star control 1 has the basic. Star control 2 builds an amazing game around it. Prototype a small game until it's fun.

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King of Dragon Pass

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: Another game that lends itself to frequent replaying. There are many ways to play KODP succesfully, but no certain ones. It all depends on the people you get in your council and here's another key to creating an engine of fun experience.

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Reus

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: A game that takes inspiration from shadow of the colossus and turns it into something of a strange puzzle game. Compelling for it's charm and ambition.

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FTL: Advanced Edition

Dunam's rating:
250

Dunam says: Roguelikes are a good way to create fresh experiences each time you play. Frequent death, using the same skills for new situations.... Pay attention to their progression achievement system, it's to keep you interested.

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Treat your GOGmix as your child - name it! ;)

Coming up with a cool and descriptive title should be your first priority. Being original is in your best interest - bet you wanna get lots of nice votes, right? Go all crazy if you want, but be sure to keep it civil!

So, what are the ingredients?

Pick a game that belongs in your GOGmix from the list, or find it by typing something in the text field. Relevance is key here - Earthworm Jim doesn't quite fit the "Sexiest heroines of all time" bill now, does it?

Justify your choice... Or not!

OK, so it's not required, but now that you went through the trouble of adding a game, telling everyone why you did it would be a nice finishing touch. After you're done here, add another game, rinse, repeat.

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