So, how do we tend to feel about hacking minigames, everyone? I suppose generally I’m against them – the two main problems being they’re rarely genuinely fun in their own right, and that they really grate after a while.
That said, it’s nice to feel that you’re in some way involved in the hack, even if it is absurdly extrapolated and interpreted as some preposterous minigame. At the moment, The Swindle’s hacking amounts to pressing a button and watching the player character getting on with it all. I’m aware that it all just feels a little flat.
The nature of the game means I could quite easily drop the minigame once it’s run its course; you’ll be using the cash you steal to upgrade your whizzy techno-gloves throughout the game. So with a quick upgrade it could all then be handled automatically, if the game’s annoying you sufficiently.
If everyone gives hacking minigames an overwhelming no-no vibe from the off, I suppose it can just wind up being a progress bar… but what are your thoughts? Have any games done hacking or minigames really well in your eyes?
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