Oftentimes, it’s not the main story mode that makes a game addictive. It’s those side quests and mini games that come with the package. These pleasant distractions could take hours of your playing time if you’re tired of chasing villains or when you’re stuck with a boss fight.
Here are the 9 best mini games in video games.
Blitzball in Final Fantasy X
This mini game is introduced when you reach Luca. You can play the game by accessing the save sphere. Blitzball is a combination of like basketball and soccer. The attributes of each player will determine if you can successfully pass, shoot, and block.
Desmond’s Journey in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
You can access this mini game on Animus Island and by collecting at least 5 animus fragments to enter the first pillar. It is divided into 5 levels where Desmond Miles has to go through rooms by manipulating blocks. It’s like a big puzzle game.
Liar’s Dice in Red Dead Redemption
One of the gambling activities in Red Dead Redemption is Liar’s Dice. This can be accessed after you complete the “Man is Born Unto Trouble” mission. The goal is to best other players using a cup and 5 six-sided dice. To start the game, all the participants will choose who should bid first.
Pipe Hacking in BioShock
You can interact with machines found in the game to open locks and safes or hack security devices. To complete the hacking, you have to clear a mini-game involving pipes. You can also buy out or use auto-hack if you don’t wanna play, but where’s the fun in that?
Fishing in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
This mini game is accessed at the hut near a fishing pond in Lake Hylia. You have to rent a fishing rod to start catching. There are rewards waiting for the best catcher.
Gwent in The Witcher III
This card game can stand on its own. To begin, you will be given 37 cards in your inventory. There are four deck types available. Each three-round game begins with a coin flip and 10 random cards.
Space Harrier in Shenmue
Space Harrier is one of the several mini games in Shenmue. The mini arcade game lets you control Harrier in a 3D shooter setting. Use Harrier’s cannon to defeat other creatures and avoid obstacles at the same time. Each level is complete with a boss fight.
QUB3D in GTA 4
This arcade mini game can be accessed in 4 locations throughout Liberty City. The goal is to move blocks to form a group of four or more blocks. The blocks will move faster as you progress through higher levels.
Nine and Six Men’s Morris in Assassin’s Creed 3
These board games are slightly more difficult than Checkers and Fanorona, both found in the game too. The objective is to remove your opponent’s pieces by forming a column or row of 3 of your own pieces.