Gaming’s greatest… minigames

best video game minigames the witcher 3 gwent
best video game minigames the witcher 3 gwent

Be honest – how many times have you found yourself spending hours on a minigame instead of following the main story? Maybe it’s because you want to unlock a precious item, or you can’t bear to see that last achievement on the list ignored, or you just started it for kicks and ended up getting all competitive. Hey, we’ve all been there.

best video game minigames the witcher 3 gwent

Be honest – how many times have you found yourself spending hours on a minigame instead of following the main story? Maybe it’s because you want to unlock a precious item, or you can’t bear to see that last achievement on the list ignored, or you just started it for kicks and ended up getting all competitive. Hey, we’ve all been there.

So whether you’re a completionist who has to master every single minigame, or you’re more the sort who stumbles across them by happy accident, here’s a list of five marvellous minigames for you to try.

1. Gwent

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As you journey through the stunning landscapes of The Witcher III, exploring new towns, slaying monsters, and locating lost frying pans for little old ladies, one thought burns constantly at the back of your mind. Can I get new Gwent cards here?

If you want to collect them all (and of course you do), Gwent needs to occupy your every waking thought. And you can always practice in your downtime away from adventuring in minigame-turned-standalone-epic Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.

2. Dead Ops Arcade

Waking up tied to a chair in the main menu might not seem like a good thing, but there’s a secret hidden there for enterprising individuals to find. If you struggle hard enough, you’ll break free of your bonds and be able to walk around. Head for the computer in the corner and type in DOA. This will open up Dead Ops Arcade, a tidy little top-down zombie shooter which you could easily spend hours playing instead of the main game. Hey, it still counts as practice, right?

3. Blitzball

Play it in: Final Fantasy X

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Main character Tidus is a pro Blitzball player, though he has his off days when we’re in control of him. Played in a magical floating sphere of water and something like underwater football (but way faster and a lot more dangerous), Blitzball looks like it’d be great fun in real life if you could hold your breath for long enough to play it. With epic trick shots to learn, talented players to poach, and sneaky strategies to employ, you’ll be building the greatest Blitzball team in Spira’s history before you know it.

4. Virtual NES cartridges

Play them in: Animal Crossing

In the original Animal Crossing game, you could collect NES cartridges for a whole range of awesome games (everything from Donkey Kong and Wario’s Woods to pinball and golf), and play them in full on tiny in-game NES consoles. Sadly, this feature hasn’t been seen in the Animal Crossing series since then, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it could make a comeback?

5. Bunnies Have A Great Ear For Music

Play it in: Rayman Raving Rabbids

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Who knew Rabbids were into classical music? You’re the choirmaster to a troupe of singing Rabbids, and their rendition of Beethoven’s Ode To Joy is going just fine until one of them decides to start singing out of tune. Zoom in quick on that rebellious Rabbid, slap it hard in the face, and get back to conducting before the timer runs out.

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