World's smallest games


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World's smallest websiteIt shouldn't be surprising that from the world's smallest website comes the world's smallest games. From British game and Web designer Alan Outten comes this very tiny website, only 18 pixels wide by 18 pixels high, yet it is packed full with games such as Pong, Pacman, Footy, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Pinball, and others. These teeny tiny games are surprisingly challenging and fun to play, if only a bit difficult to see on a high resolution monitor.

There is certainly more here than meets the eye. While at first glance it may seem incredibly simple to make a game as small as these are, and yet it is likely just the opposite is true: Making very small games requires just as much attention to gameplay as full-sized games do.

For example, Pacman (shown here) features only one 'ghost' but the AI is designed to come directly at you using a shortest path algorithm. This makes the inner 'dots' much more difficult to get to. And to pull off a game like Asteroids in such a small area requires some thoughtfully designed pixel graphic manipulations to accomplish believable animation.

The entire site is an amazing accomplishment, and a fascinating exercise in game design and development discipline, even if just for the novelty of it.

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24 Comments

ouch...my eyes were straining...

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Wow, I feel bad for ever complaining about screen real estate. Although they obviously took things too far...

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that is amazing, very well designed

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lol it is the best site ever

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Very original, great sites, nice, um, graphics? The only thing i dont get is the life game.

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http://www.math.com/students/wonders/life/life.html

that should help with "life". basically its rules for taking a grid with some cells filled and some not filled and applying those rules to get a new stage, then repeating.

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That's amazing but work require lasiks in less than a year.

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This is a genius site. It's really weird coming off it, since everything seems much bigger.

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This is a pretty adorable site. I loved the pacman game, altho the controls seemed kind of tough my second time through (didn't want to turn when I told it to). At least you don't have to worry about knowing how to draw to make this site. =)

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the flying monkey Author Profile Page November 4, 2005 11:40 AM

so many wee games

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Nice site! My eyes were straining, but the games were so fun!

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wow this is tiny!!

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Denilson March 1, 2006 7:29 PM

If you use Opera browser, you can easily zoom this site.

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big red June 5, 2006 8:36 PM

wow! i loved it my eyes hurt ive bin playing sooo much!

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adrenalin July 11, 2006 3:25 PM

ahh!!! you cant beat tic tac toe it doesn;t make a mistake!!!!!!!

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found this quite A while ago

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played this game before, really strain my eyes!!!

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Omg, they even have Conway's game of life!?
That is REALLY small!!

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sillybuttons Author Profile Page August 26, 2007 3:39 PM

lol i like this especially the football. i got hammered 5-0 my first game.

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He made a tiny art gallery. If you wanna see the world's smallest version of The Last Supper, Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe prints, and so forth, just hit the one labeled "Arena". Soon, you too will be educated in the high class world of tiny art.

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what the...

how do you return on tic tac toe? im stuck on it flashing either:

"draw"

Or:

Please don't click again; Im USELESS at this game [tic tac toe]

Or "lose" :(

grr.. do i have to close it and open it again?

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Oh. Sorry for double post but:

right click and:

click "Back"

To return.

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joeynow Author Profile Page July 1, 2009 1:06 AM

Oh man, I am sooo jealous of this guy...

http://www.alanoutten.com/profile.html

Artist, cybernetic engineer, biomedical engineer. (His human milk machine probably is REAL.)

Ever feel you're missing a talent for something you want so much to do?

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Link broken.

[Edit: Not broken. Looks like the server is under maintenance. Try back later. -Jay]

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