Minigame

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A minigame (also spelled mini-game or mini game and sometimes called a subgame) is a short video game often contained within another video game and sometimes in application software or on a display of any form of hardware. A minigame is always smaller or more simplistic than the game in which it is contained. Minigames are sometimes also offered separately for free to promote the main game. For instance, the Pokémon Stadium minigames involve merely pressing a few buttons at specific intervals, with little complexity. Some minigames can also be bonus stages or secret levels.

Features[edit]

Minigames occur variously as gameplay features, or as time fillers while levels are loading, or as Easter eggs even in non video games e.g. a DOOM-like game or a flight simulator in different versions of Microsoft Excel. 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 to finish the encompassing game. They are often included as extra content to use once the main storyline is completed. Minigames occur also on other forms of hardware e.g. on a dot-matrix display of a pinball machine or even as time filler on a traffic light e.g. StreetPong.[1]

Minigame compilations[edit]

Some games, such as the WarioWare series (which are called microgames in the game), Universal Research Laboratories's Video Action, some Cinemaware titles like Defender of the Crown, David Whittaker's Lazy Jones or the smartphone satire Phone Story are made up of many minigames strung together into one video game. Some similar games, such as Nintendo's Mario Party series, are considered party games, specifically developed for multiplayer. In party games, minigames usually involve performing an activity faster or collecting more of a specified item than other players to win.

Notable examples[edit]

The Legend of Zelda games have many minigames in each game, often having prizes such as Pieces of Heart (increasing Link's health), Rupees (the games' currency), and upgrades (quiver, wallet, etc.)

The Final Fantasy series is notable for featuring minigames in every entry of the series, ever since the first Final Fantasy (1987), in which a sliding puzzle in the form of an Easter egg can be unlocked while boarding the ship. In Final Fantasy II (1988), a matching game can be unlocked while boarding the ice sled and meeting a certain requirement. Later in the series, Final Fantasy VII (1997) was the first video game to include within it at least thirty minigames, which remains the largest number of minigames for a role-playing game. The PC game Chronomaster featured similar puzzle minigames which were crucial to the plot.

Some minigames become so popular that they are eventually published as individual titles by themselves. Notable examples are Geometry Wars, which was originally a minigame in Project Gotham Racing 2, and Arcomage, a relatively complex minigame, reminiscent of Magic: The Gathering, first introduced in Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor.

The PocketStation (for Sony PlayStation) and VMU (for Dreamcast) accessories allowed the user to download minigames from the main console onto the pocket device, and often then sync progress in the minigame back on to the console. Two examples of this include the Chocobo World minigame inside Final Fantasy VIII[2] (which is also playable on PC), and 'Chao Adventure', a minigame in Sonic Adventure.

The tabletop game Mansions of Madness also features minigames in the form of simple puzzles.

Capcom's Street Fighter series features two minigames as bonus stages, most notably in Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III, and Street Fighter IV, after winning matches with a character you play with.

List of minigames[edit]

5th Generation (Nintendo 64/ PlayStation)[edit]

6th Generation (Dreamcast/ GameCube/ PlayStation 2/ Xbox)[edit]

  • Animal Crossing:Around twenty Nintendo Entertainment System games are available.
  • Ape Escape 2: Dance Monkey, Dance!, Monkey Climber & Monkey Soccer
  • Ape Escape 3: Mesal Gear (Mesaru Gear) Solid, Monkey Throw Stadium (Ape Olympic) and Utlim-ape Fighter (Sarutimate Fighting)
  • Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed: A compilation of minigames.
  • Death By Degrees: Honeycomb Lock
  • EyeToy: Monkey Mania: A compilation of 50 minigames.
  • Fable: The Lost Chapter: Chicken Kicking Competition.
  • Final Fantasy X: Blitzball
  • Final Fantasy X-2: Sphere Break
  • Final Fantasy XII: the Fishing minigame can be played in the South Bank Village of the Dalmasca Estersand.
  • FlatOut 2: Many mini-games that consist of ejecting the driver through the windshield to complete an objective, like knocking down bowling pins.
  • Grand Theft Auto 3: RC Toyz missions (a Van that can unlock a rampage mini-game involving an RC car with a bomb attached to it)
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Numerous minigames are available, including basketball, pool, rhythm-based challenges (dancing and 'bouncing' lowriders with hydraulics), and video game machines that pay homage to classic arcade games. In addition, there are the aforementioned casino games and methods of gambling, such as betting on virtual horse races
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dueling Riku, Racing Riku, Phil's Training, Jungle Slider and Vine Swinging.
  • Kingdom Hearts 2: Skateboard, Phil's Training, Magic Carpet, Chasm of Challenges, Gift Wrapping, Light Cycle, etc.
  • Mario Party 4: Compilation of minigames
  • Mario Party 5: Compilation of minigames
  • Mario Party 6: Compilation of minigames
  • Mario Party 7: Compilation of minigames
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance: Skateboarding mode.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: Snake's Nightmare (through the story), Snake Vs. Monkey mode (based on the Ape Escape serie).
  • Persona 4: Fishing.
  • Shenmue: Many minigames are available, including Forklift, motorcycle races, bar fights, chases down crowded alleys, full versions of Sega arcade games Space Harrier and Hang-On, dart games, and fighting sequences.
  • Silent Hill 2: Director's Cut: The Born from a Wish minigame consist of taking control of Maria shortly before she and James meet at Silent Hill.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves: Biplane Duel, Cops and Robbers, Galleon Duel and Hackathon.
  • Sonic Shuffle: Compilation of minigames.
  • Tekken Tag Tournament: Tekken Bowl mode.
  • Tekken 4: Tekken Force mode.
  • Tekken 5: StarBlade (intro), the Devil Within mode and the arcade version of Tekken 1, Tekken 2 & Tekken 3.
  • Time Crisis 2: clay pigeon shooting mode (including a port of Namco's Shoot Away II light gun clay shooting arcade game) and Quick & Crash

7th Generation (PlayStation 3/ Wii/ Xbox 360)[edit]

8th Generation (Wii U)[edit]

Handheld 6th Generation (Game Boy Advance)[edit]

Handheld 7th Generation (Nintendo DS/ PlayStation Portable)[edit]

Handheld 8th Generation (Nintendo 3DS/ PlayStation Vita)[edit]

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