Nothing spells existential dread like a game where a monster is devouring your planet and the only way to escape is to burrow endlessly into the center of the earth with a drill. Meet Hot Diggity! Ah it’s good fun.
I’ve just been playing The Inquisitor – one of the games which came out of the procedural generation game jam, ProcJam. It’s a murder mystery game where you chat to suspects, collect evidence and generally try to work out what the Dickens went on.
There are several helpful bits of information the game gives you – the person standing near the body isn’t going to be the killer, it takes 5 minutes to travel between rooms, the murderer will never reveal they were in the murder room – that sort of thing. You can use that information to try to place people at the crime scene during the window of time where the murder took place.
I wonder if we can call this sub-genre police procedural generation?