Game Tuning and Balance: Is the Optimal Strategy Most Enjoyable?

Nov 30, 2014

Canabalt is an exceptional game. In case you missed it – a real possibility since despite its breakout popularity, time passes very quickly in mobile and browser-based games – it was among the first modern wave of one-button infinite runners that then led to countless clones. You can still play it free in browser at…

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