I like to look around the internet for experimental games that capture something lively and appropriately childish. It’s something that Blurst manages to capture very well, but not many others. A few years ago I came across a Japanese designer who goes by the name ABA Games, and he produced a game called Tumiki fighters, which can be accessed from that link.
What I liked most about Tumiki fighers is that it captures an aspect of flexibility that many games – childish or not – fail to make use of. It feels a lot like playing with blocks, and deciding that a door from an old block house may make a good chimney in a new one. Children re-invent the rules of the games they make up all the time, and it was fantastic to see a videogame experiment with a mechanic that could allow that to happen.
More recently I have been thinking about getting my Driver’s License, and writing a mechanics engine that could be used to explain the difference between the center of mass and center of drive, for the purposes of comparing vehicles. This mechanic that ABA Games introduced of adding and removing new parts of a vehicle appealed to me, and so here’s an interesting doodle (just a diagram for now)