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How to help puzzle game players?

Chris_Jefferson (581445) writes | more than 5 years ago

Games 0

Chris_Jefferson writes "I work on a simple iPhone puzzle game, Combination. Probably the most frequent request I get from users is for an in-game hint system, to help them out on the harder problems. However, when I tried beta testing such a system, almost every user would just hammer the hint button as soon as they got stuck for longer than 30 seconds, spoiling (I believe) their enjoyment of the game.

Should games programmers decide they know what's best for users, and not give them features they are crying out for? Has anyone ever seen a good middle-ground, where users are helped, but can't just skip their way through the entire game?"

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