The Science Behind Mario’s Awesome Gameplay Design

This is Part 1 of a trilogy of videos by PBS Game/Show on the Super Mario platform games: 

Now when you look at the simple images below you can maybe see all kinds of gameplay possibilities:

And that’s the magic of simple looking but well crafted gameplay design: Even the original Super Mario Bros, which is deceptively simple to pick up and play, has a lot more to it than meets the untrained eye, and it results in a lot of classic and timeless fun. It’s why the game is still as addictive and enjoyable to play now as the day it was released, which is true of basically all the Mario platformers. 😀

Also check out Part 2 and Part 3 of the trilogy.


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