Importance of Incidentals 2: Difficulty
When I talk about incidentals I mean things like coins in Mario, things that you like to collect but don’t actually help the player complete the level. I’ve talked about the importance of incidentals but that was just about how useful they are for level design. They have many uses, the one I want to get into today is difficulty. I did touch on this in my word count review of Yoshi’s New Island but I don’t really expand upon things in word count review and so I want to explain it now.