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Mini-games You Spent A Lot of Time With


Keep it strong
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Mar 17, 2012
Liverpool, England
Plenty of games have mini-games lurking within them, like a little tapeworm. Some mini-games are really fun or robustly designed and able to stand on their own. Which mini-games have you ended up spending a lot of time on, maybe even more time than the main game?

One for me would be pazaak from KOTOR. It's basically blackjack but I put hours into it as a kid when I should have been saving the galaxy or something.



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Probably the battleship mini game in Wind Waker because of how random it is.

Cant think of any mini games I've wanted to go and do myself as recreation though... I'm sure there is one but I can't think of it right now.

I'm not a mini game person.

Spiritual Mask Salesman

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Oct 18, 2011
The astral plane
I spent a lot of time with Roll Goal in Twilight Princess, and every once in awhile I get an urge to do the Cabana Slide puzzle in The Wind Waker, but I always give up on it when I remember like half way through that I won't get a Heart Piece or anything worthwhile.


Sal Manella
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May 4, 2012
Donald Dump's America
that freaking card game in Xenogears, its super simple but jesus christ everytime time I lose, I just need to go another round
plus I played that very same card game w/ my friend a while back w/ his own deck of cards, and that was really fun
Jan 13, 2018
The Baseball game “Octoball Derby” in A Link Between Worlds!! That one was so challenging took more than a few tries. You couldn’t aim the ball in that game it was so frustrating.

One that took me the most tries though was the Pirate Hideout game with the carts in Spirit Tracks. oh my god that game drove me nuts i played it on the Wii U console and it was just SO not user friendly and yeah just no it took me forever but it was so rewarding when i finally had a perfect run.

The shooting gallery in Phantom hourglass was tough as well. Took a few tries. And of course catching Neptoona was like one of my biggest Zelda accomplishments ever. It is so hard to do let alone time just finding one!

Bowsette Plus-Ultra

The Devil's Advocate
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Mar 23, 2013

Definitely the endurance mode in Rise of the Tomb Raider.

RotTR is an... okay game. It does everything well from a technical standpoint and is perfectly competent mechanically, but it never rises beyond being okay. Long after I gave up on the campaign, I was still sinking hours into the endurance mode. Unlike the main game, every minute is a battle for survival. You must combat the cold, your hunger, the wildlife, and hostile soldiers far better armed than you are. Your goal is to raid as many tombs as possible and then evacuate without succumbing to the elements.
Jul 14, 2019
I can remember spending far too long on the letter sorting minigame in Wind Waker. To the detriment of actually completing the game for a long time. There was some gaming magazine I used to buy at the time that was holding a contest to see who could get the high score and I was determined to get the highest, but to submit your high score you had to send something in the post because we were cavemen in the early 2000's and I never managed to figure out how. I beat the eventual winner by 3 or 4 letters in the end and not figuring out how to submit my score remains one of the biggest regrets in my wretched time on this planet.

New Super Mario Bros was another one though. I spent more time on the minigames than I did the actual game. The multiplayer modes on some of them were sublime. It was like Wario Ware, but if Wario Ware was a snacky chocolate bar then NSMB mini games were a full roast dinner.

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