A Study in Design: Balancing Simplicity and Depth in ‘N++’

Rebeccah Bassell, Analog Addiction. "In spite of this, the uniqueness of N++ lies not within its massive content library, but within the game’s mechanics (or ‘methods invoked by agents for interacting with the game world’). A staple strength of minimalist design, the ideas of simplicity (streamlining the number of possible interactions within a game system) and depth (the number of different, meaningful experiences that can emerge from said interactions) are the core goals of the design mechanics present within N++. The manner in which the player can engage with the game, operating through a small set of interesting, consequential choices is what truly makes the experience of N++ satisfying."

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