“These are absolutely fantastic. Lots of times we can forget some basic mechanics that players enjoy when we are working on something too long. It's good to have a little reminder.”


Video game ideas from the bottom up.

PlayThinker is a card game that challenges you to blend player-game interactions into a compelling video game.

What makes a game interesting is how the player interacts with a game's systems, and how those systems push back. Using these as the building blocks of a new game makes it easier to ignore the tropes of a genre or setting, freeing you up to make something new.

Play by yourself, with a friend, or in a group of any size. PlayThinker is great for use in the classroom too. Each deck comprises 37 professionally printed cards in a durable plastic box, and includes tips and instructions on how to use and get the most out of PlayThinker.


Poker DeckPoker Deck (1 deck of 37 cards)



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Cool Factors

  • Pin your game mechanics right from the start!
  • Avoid the trap of thinking in genres and settings!
  • Great for personal use or in the classroom.


DesignerCowface Games
Average Rating (0)
Publish DateApril 25, 2013
DepartmentSelf Improvement
AudienceGame Designer
More InfoPlayThinker web site

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