A couple of days ago, Jennifer Scheurle - Game Design Lead at Opaque Space - sent out a tweet.
Using Assassin's Creed and Doom as an example (both games “value the last bit of health as more hit points than the rest of it to encourage a feeling of *JUST* surviving”) - as well as Hellblade’s permadeath myth - Scheurle set out to find out what “brilliant mechanics in games are Hidden from the player to get across a certain feeling.”
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Bossa Studios’ co-founder Henrique Olifiers replied, stating: “In Surgeon Simulator we hid many features to incite curiosity: for instance, if you dial your real phone number in the game, it calls you.”
When pressed if this was real, Olifiers says: “True. And it plays a message integral to unlock a hidden level. God, I hope the dial-out server still runs!”