The Game Idea Generator

Recently, I was required to develop a game as part of an interactive computer graphics course. I kept having ideas like "tetris on steroids" and "bejeweled meets ricochet", so I decided to hack together an automated system to generate thousands of such ideas. The result was ultimately completely unhelpful in relation to the project, but has given me a few good laughs with its ridiculous suggestions:

The multiplayer of Gears of War meets the art design of Mario Kart Wii.

The next generation of Golf.

The controls of Grand Theft Auto IV meets the characters of Nintendogs.

...that last one could get rather ugly. If you want, you can give it a shot for yourself:  http://oddfinch.com/gameideas/ 
 
Let me know if you find anything awry, but note that unfathomably terrible game ideas are a feature, not a bug.
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Posted by thisisalan

Recently, I was required to develop a game as part of an interactive computer graphics course. I kept having ideas like "tetris on steroids" and "bejeweled meets ricochet", so I decided to hack together an automated system to generate thousands of such ideas. The result was ultimately completely unhelpful in relation to the project, but has given me a few good laughs with its ridiculous suggestions:

The multiplayer of Gears of War meets the art design of Mario Kart Wii.

The next generation of Golf.

The controls of Grand Theft Auto IV meets the characters of Nintendogs.

...that last one could get rather ugly. If you want, you can give it a shot for yourself:  http://oddfinch.com/gameideas/ 
 
Let me know if you find anything awry, but note that unfathomably terrible game ideas are a feature, not a bug.
Posted by Skald

  Mass Effect , but with the graphics of  Super Meat Boy . 


This is so awesome. 
 
You are awesome.
Posted by Patman99

My first try I got: 
 
"The MMO version of Warcraft." 
 
 
Wow! What a great idea. Im sending this in to Blizzard right now. But what to call it... hmm Warcraft's World, maybe...

Edited by N7

 

Mario Party 7 meets Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.




"Myst online". Are you messing with me!?
Edited by Butano

"Picture this:  Golf, with revolutionary new storyline"  
Lawl
  
"The multiplayer of  Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell meets the single-player of  Pokémon Blue. "   
Dude, what? 
 
Ok, 1 more.... 
"World of Warcraft meets The Witcher." 
Ffffffuuuuuu...........

Posted by Andorski

Portal, but actually fun.

Fuck you.
Edited by Butano

Ok, this needs to be fixed pronto. 
"Mass Effect 2, but without all the fancy multiplayer. " 
 
"World of Warcraft online" 
Wait, so WoW is offline?

Posted by N7

Okay, this was just too funny not to post.
 

The classic single-player of Super Mario Bros. combined with the gimmicks of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Posted by Seedofpower
@Andorski said:
"

Portal, but actually fun.

Fuck you. "
HAHAHAHA.
Edited by Kovie
 "Halo: Combat Evolved, but with the controls of Pokémon Silver."
 Clearly what it was missing. 

And just for fun:
 
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, but without all the fancy graphics. "
Posted by Icemael

If only Guild Wars had better multiplayer, it could be as big as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

Posted by Skald

The MMO version of  Madden NFL 2005. 

I've been waiting six years for that game.
Edited by Driadon

"   The MMO version of  ESPN NFL 2K5." 
 Hah! 
 
 
"  Dragon Age: Origins, but with better storyline." 
Oh SHI- 
 
Edit: "  If only  World of Warcraft had better gameplay, it could be as big as Neverwinter Nights!" 
I wish :( 
 
Edit 2: "  Golf, but with the storyline of  The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages. 
That cracked me up something fierce!

Edited by FirePrince

" Team Fortress 2, but with better multiplayer." 
"The next generation of Sonic the Hedgehog 3." 
" E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on steroids." 
Last one always cracks me up.
Posted by JJOR64

The next generation of Luigi's Mansion.

I would buy that game in a heart beat.
Posted by Slaker117

 

StarCraft on steroids. 


 StarCraft II, with updated graphics.

 

Finally, a remake of StarCraft II.

 

The Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare formula never gets old. More great controls!

Are you sure these aren't Activision Blizzard's design docs?
 
Also: 

Angry Birds, but with better gameplay.  

Posted by Trebz

The storyline of Gears of War 2 meets the multiplayer of NFL 2K1.    

The pitch speaks for itself.
Edited by Jeust

The Witcher for the whole family!    

That would be fun! Then again... maybe not. :p 
 
 

Unbelievably great single-player, inspired by  StarCraft II.    

ZING! Your generator is awesome!
Posted by BeachThunder

<3 This is awesome. It's like you created a program just to troll people :o
 
"Tetris, stripped down to its essence."
"Half-Life, but with the gameplay of Halo: Reach."
"The graphics of Diddy Kong Racing meets the controls of Donkey Kong 64."
"The MMO version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening."  
"Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare meets The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time."
 
Just out of interest, would it be possible to take game names from the Giant Bomb database?

Posted by Buccura

 Great single-player and characters together in a modern Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
 
Wut.

Posted by Natedogg2

Team Fortress 2, but with single-player that even grandma can enjoy!

 Ah, yes, just what TF2 needs.

Project Gotham Racing and Animal Crossing had a baby. It has great developers.   

That seems fairly weird.
 
But this one takes the cake:

 Wii Sports, but with multiplayer that even grandma can enjoy!

Posted by Rudeboy217

The MMO version of  Super Mario Sunshine.  
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm 

Posted by thisisalan
@BeachThunder said:
" Just out of interest, would it be possible to take game names from the Giant Bomb database? "
That was my initial thought when putting this together. I took a cursory glance at the API documentation and it appeared to be centered largely around querying for specific games/platforms/etc., meaning that generating a list of random games would be possible but not as simple as I had hoped. As a result, I just compiled a list of notable games (using a combination of GB's lists and Wikipedia's top-sellers by platform). I'll definitely look into GB API integration as a future improvement though!
Edited by Castiel

 Nonono I got it:
"Madden NFL 2005, but with the art style of  Heavy Rain."     
 
It would just be sad looking football players running around in grey/depressing environments and it would always be raining. Throw in the occasional QTE and a few Jasons and you would have the next big thing. 

Posted by TwoLines

 "Fable II, but with the art style of Heavy Rain."
 
Uhuh... Keep talking...

Posted by MaFoLu

"The classic graphics of  Sega Rally Championship combined with the multiplayer of  Paper Mario" 
Yes, greatest idea ever! 
 
"You asked for it:  Donkey Kong Country, reborn." 
Come on, that would never happen...

Posted by Andorski

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 meets  Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.    

A double complete game, across the consoles.
Posted by Andorski
@TwoLines said:
"  "Fable II, but with the art style of Heavy Rain."  Uhuh... Keep talking... "
Your dog's name is Jason...
Edited by ArtelinaRose

 "Gears of War on steroids."
 
 Oh, DUDE.
 
"Killzone 2, but with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. "
 
Only good things can come from this.

Posted by Toms115

"Pokémon Red, but actually fun.  "

IT DOESNT FUCKING WORK I DONT GET IT
Edited by JoeyRavn

Gran Turismo, but with the single-player of  Gran Turismo.     


 YES! 
 
Also: 
 

Golf on steroids.   


 
Just like in real life!
Posted by MattyFTM

Mario Party 8 and  Metal Gear Solid had a baby. It has great storyline.  

That sounds like one hell of a game. 

If only Super Mario Bros. 2 had better multiplayer, it could be as big as Wii Fit Plus!   

Ah yes, Wii Fit Plus, a game renowned for it's great multiplayer  

The MMO version of  Bioshock. 

This needs to happen. It would probably be terrible, but it's a tranwreck I want to see.  

Fable II, but with the level design of Mario Kart: Super Circuit.     

Fable kart racing. That sounds fun, right? 

The classic art style of  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask combined with the characters of  Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.   

Yeah, Zelda needs a refresh, and the way to do that is to add the power rangers. It's so obvious!!! 

Sonic the Hedgehog, but with the single-player of  Mortal Kombat 3.  

Sonic in an ultra violent beat-em-up. YES!!!  

The game mechanics of  Gran Turismo 5 meets the gimmicks of Gran Turismo.    

Errm... OK...  

StarCraft II, but without all the fancy graphics.  

Isn't that just StarCraft? 
 
 
 
I love this thing. It's the best thing since the Giant Bomb Forum Thread Generator
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Posted by robot4me

resident evil set in the mushroom kingdom from the mario series. zombie mushrooms and turtles chasing you.

Posted by Soulglove

I felt like I was in a pitch meeting with someone that only heard of games and never played them:
 
"Crysis, but with better graphics."

"Finally, a remake of Mafia II."

"Unbelievably great storyline, inspired by Madden NFL 2005."

"Persona 4 meets Diablo."
 
Get out of here pitchman!...Wait, what was that last one?

Posted by Damodar

NBA Jam, but actually fun.

Profound sadness...  :(
 

The love child of  Persona and Chrono Trigger.

 
Go on...
Posted by DarkShaper

Modern Warfare 2, but with more multiplayer... wut?

Posted by buft

I got 2 really great ones 
 
Warcraft online  
Street Fighter 2 online 
 
errmm...

Edited by Tebbit

 The classic level design of Madden NFL 06 combined with the game mechanics of Super Smash Bros..

This doesn't even make sense. I love it!
 
Madden did have pretty great level design though. It gets a bit samey towards the end-game though.
 
Oh, and
 

 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, stripped down to its essence.

Sign me up baby.
Posted by KillyDarko

Tetris meets Contra
 
XD

Edited by SMTDante89
Super Meat Boy Meets Rock Band 
 
Huh.
 
  
  

NBA Jam, but with the multiplayer of Grand Theft Auto III.

 
I laughed.
Edited by Pepsiman

"Luigi's Mansion, but actually fun." Boom! Done.
 
Edit: Not quite done! "Wii Sports, but without all the fancy storyline." The narrative quality was always the game's weakest point, especially as a pack-in title.

Posted by Mento

"A new take on Street Fighter II."
Never work.
 
"Atlantis meets Animal Crossing: Wild World."
So, 'Animal Crossing: Wet World'?
 
"If only NBA Jam had better storyline, it could be as big as Diablo II!"
Hey, he really is on fire.
 
"Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, but without all the fancy characters."
Yeah, fuck Yoshi.

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@Patman99 said:

" My first try I got:  "The MMO version of Warcraft."   Wow! What a great idea. Im sending this in to Blizzard right now. But what to call it... hmm Warcraft's World, maybe... "

Ahahahahaha that's brilliant! 
 

The next generation of  Minecraft.    

I think I broke the world. 
 

The art style of  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial meets the storyline of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.    

Just... Make it now. Please. 
 
EDIT: Also, @thisisalan, thank you so much for including the "more graphics" reference, so funny.
Edited by Robiin

The only thing I didn't enjoy about Half-Life 2, was that it did nothing new to the genre... So I really want this.
 Picture this: Half-Life 2, with revolutionary new single-player.
 
Also, I laughed at this..  
Unbelievably great single-player, inspired by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
 
I always thought Super Mario Bros. was too complex:
 Super Mario Bros., stripped down to its essence.

Posted by Azteck

The classic art style of  Halo: Combat Evolved combined with the developers of  Ms. Pac-Man.

   How can this not turn out fantastic?!  

Finally, a remake of  Mass Effect 2.

Clearly, this is the treatment this game needs. 

The gameplay of  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas meets the multiplayer of  The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Majoras Mask apparently had a hidden multiplayer component, and it would be better if we could put a shotgun to the face of skullkid. 
Posted by Azteck

The classic single-player of Fable II combined with the level design of Venetian Blinds

CLEARLY THIS IS WHAT THE GAME NEEDS.
Posted by Slaker117
@Azteck:  I think it's pretty clear that any game would be improved with level design from Venetian Blinds.
Posted by el_tajij

Some of these are hilarious.
 
I got 'The graphics of Mortal Kombat II with the art style of Limbo' - Which sounds pretty badass!

Edited by AceBlack19
@Castiel said:

"  Nonono I got it:"Madden NFL 2005, but with the art style of  Heavy Rain."      It would just be sad looking football players running around in grey/depressing environments and it would always be raining. Throw in the occasional QTE and a few Jasons and you would have the next big thing.  "

That's a great one. And then Jason gets killed by a Linebacker.
 
my first result was "FFVII, Reborn." So many people would kill to make that true, especially after that PS3 tech demo years ago.
 
My second is "Classic level design of Civilization combined with the gimmicks of Donkey Kong Country." Ah yes. What Civilization was missing all along!
Posted by oysteinBrenne

Grand Theft Auto IV, but with the single-player of  Mario Party 4.Pitfall!, but with the gameplay of Missile Command. 
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Dr. Mario had a baby. It has great art style.      
The classic multiplayer of New Super Mario Bros. combined with the art design of God of War: Chains of Olympus.     
The classic gameplay of Pitfall! combined with the multiplayer of Pokémon Red.  
The graphics of ESPN NFL 2K5 meets the art style of Dead or Alive 3. 
Left 4 Dead 2, but actually fun.    (true l4d2 was boring as fuck) 
The love child of NFL 2K and Tomb Raider II.    
The Sims and Pitfall! had a baby. It has great gameplay.  
The art style of Soulcalibur meets the characters of Forza III.      

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