Lucky Guess Solutions

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Cases where players can by luck find correct solutions for problems.

Players need to perform actions in all but the rarest of games, and in many cases may have many different actions to choose from. Lucky Guess Solutions can occur in the case of puzzles or other situation where picking one action over others is vital and, most often, have instant good consequences.


Roulette is more or less built upon the idea of Lucky Guess Solutions. Similarly, Cluedo, Mastermind, and Ricochet Robots are examples Board Games where Lucky Guess Solutions can give players victories. Bejeweled, Minesweeper, and Sokoban are all computer-based Puzzle Games that allow for Lucky Guess Solutions. Similarly, Adventure Games such as The Dig, the King's Quest series, and the Myst series allow for Lucky Guess Solutions.

Using the pattern

While Lucky Guess Solutions can be created by how Puzzle Solving or Solution Uncertainty is designed, the use of Trial and Error Solutions guarantees its presence. Quizzes is a specific type of challenges that often can allow Lucky Guess Solutions.


The most obvious effect of having Lucky Guess Solutions in games is that it provide a possibility for players to have Luck. It may also give players a feeling of Player Agency but this is a volatile design since players not feeling that the guess was an extension of their intentionality will have an opposite reaction.

Players trying to make use of Lucky Guess Solutions causes Performance Uncertainty and Player Unpredictability in those game instances.


Can Instantiate

Luck, Performance Uncertainty, Player Agency, Player Unpredictability

Can Modulate

Puzzle Solving, Solution Uncertainty

Can Be Instantiated By

Quizzes, Trial and Error Solutions

Can Be Modulated By


Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With

Player Agency


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