I’m not a minigame person in general – for example, I have long made known my rage for Polymock. (Curse you, Polymock!) But I recently stumbled into an even worse minigame while rereading an article I wrote back in 2015, in part about Revival. Y’all remember Revival, right? It’s canceled now, but it was a grimdark sandbox promising all sorts of edgy gameplay, including “‘graphic sex” by way of a co-op minigame that you could play with other characters or even NPC prostitutes to level up your sex skill. I am not even kidding. Here was the original pitch:
“Sex is a cooperative mini-game. You do not control anything other than a simple mini-game during sex. In the background of the mini-game, the animations run for the sexual experience. The mini-game goes on as long as you can ‘maintain.’ Both female[s] and males are [susceptible] to ‘losing’ the minigame when their characters orgasm. The [number] of perk bonuses you get is based on how long you can play the mini-game successfully. However, there is a minimum threshold too. If you enter a sexual encounter and don’t meet the minimum time required for the sexual encounter, you can have a negative buff instead (sexual frustration). This minimum time is determined by […] each partner’s skill level in sex.”
Of course, since the game was canceled, we’ll never know how cringey this one would’ve been in practice. So let’s look at games that actually made it to playability: What would you say is the worst minigame in an MMO?