Puzzle Games Portal?

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  1. Rubs

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    Hi folks,

    As a lover of various puzzle games on different platforms I am thinking of constructing a puzzle game portal. Primary features/goals:

    1) Serving a community of puzzle game lovers in various ways (see below)
    2) Providing access to a great variety of puzzle games (different genres/platforms): downloads, reviews, ratings, comments, new releases, etc.
    3) Providing discussion areas for different games, so people can share their ideas, walkthroughs, etc.
    4) Popularizing puzzle games.
    5) etc, etc.

    In two words, main mission is to gather a community of puzzle game lovers, and try to satisfy all their demands.

    As I googled, I couldn't find anything similar to what I'm thinking of. Maybe you came accross such portal and can give me the link?

    What do you think about this idea? Hey there puzzle game makers! Do you need something like this? Where do you put your games?

    Comments, suggestions, opinions?
     
  2. rmedtx

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    Rubs,

    I think this is a great idea. Just make sure you have good quality games. There are a lot of gamers into Puzzle games.
     
  3. coffee

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    Good idea, I think theres a market for such a thing. I prefer to develop puzzle games but portals dont like them so its hard for us puzle dev's.:D
     
  4. Lerc

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    If you mean for puzzle games that are actually puzzles rather than casual stimulus-response games then I think there is a niche that isn't yet adequately filled.

    Fitznik would certainly like a home in such a place.
     
  5. bantamcitygames

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    I agree with Lerc. If by "puzzle" you mean match-3 games then don't bother... otherwise Trials of Werlin is looking for a good home as well.
     
  6. Rubs

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    No, no, I don't mean match-3 time killers. I mean real brain-torturing puzzle games, most of them without arcade elements. There may exist arcade or match-3 categories, but the emphasis will be put on real puzzles: sokoban, mazes, sudoku, pixelus - like, and many others.

    I would also like to categorize games of this genre: sokoban-inspired, mazes, lazers, word puzzles, etc. I hope many indiegamers will help me in this.

    At the utmost I want this portal to satisfy all needs of people who LOVE puzzles, who LOVE to make their brains exercised.

    I continue googling for such sites, but didn't find anything near that yet. There are either big portals, that have a puzzle section with almost no features at all, and puzzle download sites with lots of match-3 games :). So, I'm still looking for such websites. If you know any - please share with me.

    To continue, here's a brief list of features I'm thinking of:

    1) Game database
    • supports categories
    • supports search/filtering
    • supports user comments/ratings
    • supports different types of games (different platforms, years)
    2) Game reviews/comparisons
    3) Articles, promoting puzzle games, popularizing them, etc.
    4) On-line puzzle games
    5) Selling games from this site
    6) New game announcements / puzzle world news
    7) Forum
    8) Real-world puzzle games
    9) TBD, TBD...

    Any comments? I would like to gather as much info as possible since this is a huge amount of work and I certainly wouldn't want it to be lost, or even get started if nobody needs such thing (but maybe THIS is the thing humanity needs :) Every idea and comment is welcome!
     
  7. BIGZIPZ

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    There HAS to be a market for intelligent brain-squeezing games such as CubeDrift. I for one would love to be able to browse a category of games which included only games which tested ones mental ability and so I support the idea and hope someone gets creative and does some work to make it a reality one day.
     
  8. VaderSB

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    If you manage to complete this project, don't forget about our game - Paradoxion. ;)
    Anyway, we wanted to make this kind of site some time ago, but abandoned this idea because of lack of time. But I have to say that I searched for existing logic puzzle sites and found none, so I guess this niche is free to be filled.
     
  9. walkal

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    As a word game developer, I certainly like the sound of this, but I suppose the big question is: how many players/consumers would such a site attract? I would guess that its audience would have to build up fairly slowly, largely through word of mouth.
     
  10. Sirrus

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    Well, Dexterity certaintly did well back in the day - perhaps since Pavlina's site no longer supplies new content, there are still people interested?
     
  11. Ghost Dancer

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    I would also welcome a website like this as my current project is a puzzle game. I'm sure there is a market for a site that specialises in this type of game. Even within the genre there are many different types of puzzle games so you should be able to get a good selection of games on there.

    I have often thought about doing something similar for strategy games as the only sites I've found are either not very good, or cover other genres as well. As you say, there is a lot of work involved, especially writing up reviews etc.
     
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  12. Coach

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    There certainly is an audience for puzzle games. There is an active newsgroup about 17-year old Chip's Challenge and a Yahoo group about Sokoban; millions of people enjoy Sudoku, crosswords and other puzzles in print every day; puzzle videogames have constituted a distinct and poular genre ever since Tetris, etc.

    Also, there ARE lots of puzzle game websites but most are fan based and they don't sell games.
     
  13. Rubs

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    I've got lots of positive feedback on this puzzle portal idea and decided to take on the project :).

    I'll start with developing a database of games and starting collecting them on the portal. Here's a list of data I thought to be essential:
    • Game name
    • Platform
    • Genre/category
    • Short description
    • Unique features outline?
    • Detailed description
    • Producer company/Author
    • Year released
    • Price
    • System requirements
    • Screenshots
    • URL?
    • Download size?

    What did I miss?

    Also, I'll need to do some categorizing in the field of puzzle games, and I'll appreciate any help with this.
     
  14. Lerc

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    Links to video clips (options for external and embedded). Seem to be all the rage now.
     
  15. electronicStar

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    You could add somethings like:
    • Similar games:
    • Difficulty
    • minimum time per game session
     
  16. Rubs

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    Are you sure video clips are what puzzle game players need? I think this is more for arcade/hardcore players, so that they can see the game in all its splendour. BTW, puzzle game developers, do you supply video demos for your games?

    Thanks! I will definitely make similar games links. Difficulty can be implemented so that its rated by players (so that there's some average difficulty rating).

    I didn't quite catch the minimum time per game session. Is it a useful one? You want it for puzzle games that don't save game's state? Can you be more specific, plz? Any examples?
     
  17. JoshuaSmyth

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    I too enjoy puzzle games. Aaragon Deluxe is probably one of my fav real brain teaser games. I also never got around to purchasing dweep, I hope steve will maybe release it as freeware or sell the rights to someone seeing as he is no longer supporting the game. Pity.
     

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