I'm brainstorming a game aimed for touchscreen. Its primary interaction involves a lot of rubbing and scratching with the finger to the on screen objects, sort of like Fruit Ninja, but a bit more work than a single swipe. I recall there are somewhat similar operation in Rayman Raving Rabbid that uses Wiimote to draw shapes.

At this stage, the interactions in my mind looks repetitive and unappealing. I'm trying to find similar examples that appear repetitive but still fun to play. Besides these two, are there any others?

  • \$\begingroup\$ You might get a better response on Gaming.StackExchange.com. \$\endgroup\$ – ashes999 Apr 17 '12 at 10:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Gaming.SE doesn't want these types of questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Pubby Apr 17 '12 at 10:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ashes999, I can't find a relevant tag on gaming.se. Maybe it's more suitable here? \$\endgroup\$ – He Shiming Apr 17 '12 at 10:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is a "list of things" type question, which generally isn't applicable to any SE site. \$\endgroup\$ – George Duckett Apr 17 '12 at 11:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ "repetitive and unappealing" I think you nailed it right there. See also: penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/kinect-disconnect \$\endgroup\$ – aaaaaaaaaaaa Apr 18 '12 at 14:45

Go out in the real world and observe things with rubbing or scratching. Proceed to translate into game ideas.

Things that come to mind...

  • Pet a cat
  • Scratch a dog's ear
  • Itch (Itching with Friends?)
  • Lottery tickets
  • Polishing silver
  • Washing dishes
  • Wash floors / wipe down counters
  • Sex (self, with others)
  • Spot of food on shirt just before meeting
  • Runny nose
  • Bathroom
  • How does my monitor get so messy? What's with these fingerprints! Ugh - it's not a touch screen!
  • Brush teeth
  • Wash hair (lather, rinse, repeat)
  • Chipping old paint
  • Washing cars
  • Butler ("Sir, a speck of lint on your shoulder flick flick")
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  • \$\begingroup\$ No problem. Some would consider it a silly question, and some of my answers were somewhat silly, but it's these very interactions of life that would translate so well to a touch interface. \$\endgroup\$ – Tim Holt Apr 17 '12 at 16:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I love how you wait until the middle of the list to put SEX, when the closest I thought you'd get was itching with friends \$\endgroup\$ – bobobobo Apr 18 '12 at 15:26

A lot of DS games use this mechanic, Cooking or Crafting Mama would be good examples, and lots of other girl's games. I think key ways to make this mechanic fun are to have particles/good feedback while rubbing and a rewarding reveal once the rub has finished.

Tim's suggestion is spot on, the "fun" from doing these things is how it mimics real life.

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