Scirra, makers of the awesome Construct 2 game engine, recently sponsored a game jam with the theme of ‘deception.’ I wanted to try something other than the same old platformer type game so here is my entry, Friends or Foes.
The game is a little like Mastermind or Mine Sweeper: a mix of logic and elimination to discover the unknown. You start with zero points and your goal is to get the highest score possible.
To add to your score, click on a smiley face. Each smiley will reveal a number. The problem is, you don’t realize if that smiley is a genuine friend, or a for smiling at you while stabbing you in the back.
The trick is you have to always pay attention to your score. So you start with zero. Say on your first turn, you click three smileys and they reveal 1, 2 and 3 then when your score is revealed it’s now -6. You know not to click any of them again because they are foes. The reverse is true, if you click three and they reveal 1, 2 and 3 and your score is 6, you know they are friends and you can click them again.
Then for your next turn, you have to remember your score, since it is probably no longer zero, and you have to be aware of the changes.
The challenge arrives trying to click only true friends. Say your score is zero and you click three buttons again 1, 2 and 3. This time your score result is -2. Now some of the numbers you clicked were from foes. Logic says that with 1, 2 and 3 to be added and return -2, the 3 and the 1 must be negative, the 2 positive.
So using that logic, and by paying attention to your score and the effects on it, you can get the highest score possible. Try it! It’s fun.