Built using Adobe After Effects and inspired by 1980s vector games Battlezone and Star Wars, Stu Maschowitz’s short features a team of pilots who must take on a weapon of mass destruction to save their world.
Make it harder with this chess board made from 64 varied height (1cm – 7cm) plastic cubes on a backlit lightbox with minimalist geometric pieces by Architect Michael Bidner and designer Elke Adam-Bidner.
As the games got more complex, so did the audio, and the theories behind it. A loop, or short, repeated section of audio, acts as a recurring cue. Dissonant sounds communicate failure, while consonant ones—think of the sympathetic vibrations of Super Mario Bros.—encourage players to continue. The tones can even mimic human sounds—a modulating synthesizer approximates laughter, like the “wawawawawa” in Duck Hunt.
Six collectible metal tokens include Council of Ricks Badge, meeseeks box, portal gun, plumbus, Rick’s car, and Snuffles’ helmet. Custom flooble cranks and gobble boxes replace traditional houses and hotels.