Home | Profile - Edit | Your Page | Your Inbox Browse | Search Games   |   Log In

Games centered around a "groundhog day" loop - an IFDB Poll

by Merk
RSS Feed

Two that come to mind, which I haven't played in years and may be remembering wrong, are Moebius and All Things Devours. Games with fail states, by their nature, fit the bill from a mechanical level, but I'm curious about games where that's actually the focus of the plot. One-move games probably fit the bill too, but I'm also looking for examples of games that are maybe a little more complex, and where the repeating loop is used in clever ways.

(This is for an ongoing discussion topic for my podcast, where we've been talking about Groundhog Day plots in games. There are a few examples in video games, but I got to thinking that the best use has probably been in interactive fiction.)

View Comments (2) - Add a comment


Save the Date, by Chris Cornell
4 votes
"The whole game is..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Bigger Than You Think, by Andrew Plotkin
3 votes
"You play it over and over" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Trapped in Time, by Simon Christiansen
3 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Fingertips: Fingertips, by Michael D. Hilborn
3 votes
"A one-move loop until you discover how to break out." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Rematch, by Andrew D. Pontious
2 votes
"One-move where..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Endless, Nameless, by Adam Cadre
2 votes
"King of Loops" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Vicious Cycles, by Simon Mark
2 votes
"There is a time..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

The Binary, by Bloomengine
2 votes
"Hyperlinked time..." [+]... ""The Timeline..." [+]...

Vote for this game

Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Twine Story, by Mike69420666
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Save the World in 7 Moves, by chintokkong
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

The House at the End of Rosewood Street, by Michael Thomét
1 vote
"Based around an extremely repetitive daily routine... there's other spoilery relevant stuff too." [+]...

Vote for this game

Operation Extraction, by Ming-Yee Iu
1 vote
""Rescue Dr...." [+]...

Vote for this game

Rover's Day Out, by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman
1 vote
"You go through the same morning routine several times, though not for the reasons you might think." [+]...

Vote for this game

Delusions, by C. E. Forman
1 vote
"Trapped in an alternate reality that keeps repeating itself until ..." [+]...

Vote for this game

Fifteen Minutes, by Ade McT
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Paradox Factor, by Mike Walter
1 vote
"remember the future. preserve the paradox !" [+]...

Vote for this game

De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
1 vote
"The game itself..." [+]...

Vote for this game

Look Around the Corner, by Doug Orleans (as Robert Whitlock)
1 vote
"Very Groundhog Day--the loop starts every morning. Also very short." [+]...

Vote for this game

Möbius, by J.D. Clemens
1 vote
"A loop with a..." [+]...

Vote for this game

Amanda, by Francisco J. López
1 vote
"Seems like kinetic fiction until the first play-through is finished." [+]...

Vote for this game

Witch's Girl, by Geoff Moore
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

Vote for this game

Is there another game that you think should be on this list? Just fill in the title of a game you'd like to vote for.
Game Title (or TUID or IFID):