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My idea was not original

Posted by puz, 05 October 2011 · 372 views

:( I made a sad discovery that what I thought was my original idea in the "20 Hops" game has been done before. In fact, as far as 7 years ago (or 11 years ago?), TANSTAAFL developed "Kight's Challenge" and put it on Game Development Showcase. His game comes with nice graphics, animation, sound effects, and a bigger board. So, moving forward, I need to put more effort on product differentiation, such as trying to come up with a friendly hint system.

I implemented undo. Download Version 1.02.




There are very few original idea's and the ones that are tend to have a lot of similarities to others anyway.

I'll let you in on a little secret. Idea's are pretty much worthless. What matters is how well you turn the idea into reality. Just about everything around you was an original idea at one point but the people who got rich from it are usually not the one's who came up with the idea first.

My advice: Stop trying to find an orignal idea and just make what you enjoy. Every game that isn't an exact clone has some originality too it anyway.
Zarfius:
Thank you very much for the encouragement. I shall continue. I'm currently writing down all possible solutions and eliminating those that are different only in rotation or mirroring. Why? Because I'm curious. I guess that's the kind of thing I'm interested in. The challenge is how to convey the fun to the player of this game.

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