Can you remember your first experience playing a video game and getting so sucked into it that you played it for the whole day feeling that no time passed? For me, this experience augmented itself in the video game Super Mario Bros 3 for the 1985 NES console. I had the chance to replay the game in the Console Living Room exhibit and I found that I remembered certain secrets and gameplay mechanics even though I haven’t played this game in over ten years! So what made Super Mario Bros 3 so memorable and commended considering aspects of gameplay?
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Puzzle-based games have held an important role in the history of video games, including classic titles such as Tetris and Portal. The sub-genres of puzzle games range from falling block puzzles to puzzle platformers, but by far the sub-genre that I have found the most interesting has been the logic puzzle genre. This opinion has been largely influenced by the handheld adventure puzzle game series, Professor Layton.
The first Layton game was released in Japan by game producers Level-5 and Nintendo in 2007 and in North America the next year. The initial success of this game spurred the creation of five sequels, a crossover with the Phoenix Wright game series, a few books, and a movie.… Read the rest