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Totems of Tag

Totems of Tag is a video game for 2–4 players on the same device. It’s basically the game of dodgeball … but with absolutely all rules removed, and many powerups and variations added.

Visit my blog to read a devlog (“what I’ve learned”) about this game.

What’s special?

This game has no tutorial. Because the concept of dodgeball is so simple and well-known (grab a ball, throw it against an opponent), there’s not much to explain.

The only thing that needs explaining are which buttons to press. But that simply happens when you start the game for the first time: a bubble appears above your head that shows you what to do.

When testing, this really made a difference. People were playing so much faster and clicked with it so much more, that it convinced me to never do any upfront tutorials or explanations again.