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In Fantastic Dizzy, the player has to complete a sliding puzzle to get an extra life.
In Fantastic Dizzy, the player has to complete a sliding puzzle to get an extra life.

A minigame, sometimes called a subgame, is a short video game contained within another game. Usually the minigame is smaller or more simplistic than the game in which it is contained. Fantastic Dizzy (Sega Mega Drive) 1-up minigame. ... Fantastic Dizzy (Sega Mega Drive) 1-up minigame. ... Fantastic Dizzy (The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy outside Europe & Australia) is a 1991 video game developed by Codemasters. ... A 1-up mushroom from Super Mario World. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...

Minigames occur either as gameplay features or as Easter eggs. In the latter case, they are often called "secret games." In the former case, the successful completion of such minigames may or may not be required in order to finish the encompassing game. A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, or computer program. ...

Some games, such as Wario Ware, Inc., or some Cinemaware titles like Defender of the Crown are made up of many minigames strung together into one video game. Similar games such as the Mario Party series are considered party games, games specifically developed for multiplayer amongst players. Usually the minigames involve doing something faster or collecting more of something than other players to win. Wario Ware, Inc. ... Cinemawares first release in 1986, Defender of the Crown, redefined computer game graphic quality of the era and secured its reputation as a developer of graphically superior games in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Defender of the Crown box art Defender of the Crown is a strategy computer game by Cinemaware, and designed by Kellyn Beck. ... Mario Party is the first in a series of board game style video games for Nintendo platforms, featuring the popular Mario characters. ... This is a listing of computer and video games genres with brief descriptions and examples from each genre. ... Online gaming redirects here. ...

An example of a minigame is Arcomage, contained within Might and Magic VII. It involves building up a tower whilst trying to destroy the computer opponent's tower. It is a simple but very addictive game that can be played at the inns around the Might and Magic VII game-world, the same way Shenmue II has arcades of early Sega games available to play. Arcomage is a Minigame included in two installments of the Might and Magic series of fantasy role-playing games. ... Addiction is an uncontrollable compulsion to repeat a behavior regardless of its negative consequences. ... Shenmue II is the sequel to the Sega Dreamcast Modern Action Adventure, RPG, FREE Shenmue, written and directed by Yu Suzuki. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Sega (セガ) (pronounced seh-gah (IPA: seɪ.gə) in the U.S, see-gah (IPA: siː.gə) elsewhere) is a video game software and hardware developer, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ...

Other examples of minigames include:

  • In Sam & Max Hit the Road, the player could access several minigames in different locations throughout the game, including "Whack-a-Mole" and "Car Bomb." Some (though not all) of these games needed to be completed in order to progress in the game.
  • The (rather silly and limited) Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 arcade game, which can be played by the human-controlled hero in the mess hall in Doom 3.
  • Final Fantasy VII features some minigames that are mandatory to advance the plot, and all of them (plus some others) can later be replayed at will at the Gold Saucer.
  • Donkey Kong 64 includes the arcade games Donkey Kong and Jetpac, which represent major achievements of the two companies who developed the game, Nintendo and Rareware. These games must be completed in order to yield the Nintendo and Rareware "coins", tokens which unlock the final area of the game.

Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion - this game is going to include a breathakingly groundbreaking mini game which will set a precedent for future RPG's , all of which will be made in the same style as the Bethesda perfect Morrowind series. The mini game will be so amazing that IT WILL be better than any normal RPG, and thats just the mini game. The elder scrolls has incorporated the finest RPG elements of the genre, including quick easy to access dialogue so you dont have to worry about longwinded blown out conversations, the perfect musical/sound which accompanies all of the NPC's (so you dont even have to read), the combat will be amazing as ever retaining the brilliant real time first person combat (this makes the fights intense and exciting), the physics will make everyhting seem much more lifelike and you can even throw things at people , the Radiant AI will create memorable NPC's with many random tasks to do (as a joke bethesda showed at E3 a dog getting etmon fire haha amazing stuff) and you have a epic quest to fufill raiding dungeon after dungeon killing all to find the emperors heir, which will inevitably turn out to be your character. Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle (DoTT) is a graphical adventure game, originally released in 1993, and published by LucasArts. ... Maniac Mansion is a graphical adventure game originally released in 1987 by LucasArts. ... Sam & Max Hit the Road is a graphical adventure game, originally developed and released by LucasArts in 1993 for PC and Macintosh computers. ... In mathematics, a magic square of order n is an arrangement of n² numbers in a square, such that the n numbers in all rows, all columns, and both diagonals sum to the same constant. ... Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー Fainaru FantajÄ«, later known as Final Fantasy I) is a role-playing game developed and published by Square Co. ... Astro Chicken was the name of an arcade game embedded in the 1989 Sierra On-Line adventure game Space Quest III: Pirates of Pestulon. ... This arcade cabinet, containing Centipede, is an upright. ... Space Quest is a series of six computer games that follow the adventures of a hapless janitor named Roger Wilco, as he campaigns through the galaxy for truth, justice and really clean floors. Initially created for Sierra On-Line by Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy (who called themselves the Two... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Incarnation, which literally means enfleshment, refers to the conception, and live birth of a sentient creature (generally human) who is the material manifestation of an entity or force whose original nature is immaterial. ... A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ... One of a number of cafeterias at Electronic City campus, Infosys Technologies Ltd. ... Doom 3 is a sci-fi horror first-person shooter computer game developed by id Software and published by Activision. ... Mortal Kombat: Deception is the latest game in the controversial and bloody Mortal Kombat video game series by Midway. ... Mortal Kombat is a 1992 fighting game by Midway. ... Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII Fainaru FantajÄ« VII) is a console and computer role-playing game released by Square Co. ... Donkey Kong 64 is an adventure/platform video game developed by Rareware for the Nintendo 64. ... Donkey Kong (J: ドンキーコング) is an arcade game created by Nintendo, released in 1981. ... JetPac is a ZX Spectrum video game developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in 1983. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂, ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 ) is an international company originally founded in Japan on November 6, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The Golden R Rare logo used since autumn 2003. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ...

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The 2003 Minigame Competition! (4142 words)
The minigame team will be busy verifying the remaining games, and sometime reasonably soon we'll have a vote pack put together with voting instructions and deadlines.
The Minigame BBS is up and has been thoroughly spiffified, and it's a great place to get help with an emulator or figure out just how the heck a game works.
The MiniGame homepage will be regularly updated with new entries, and authors may ask for their entries to be updated or removed at any time up to the competition deadline.
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