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Ouch by Thought Den

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Ouch is a simple yet effective micro game built by Thought Den for the Science Museum. Based on the Arcade classic Missile Command, it explores how patients can manage their pain using a variety of methods. An unwitting central character becomes the focal point for a succession of pain impulses that could easily tip them over the edge. Your job is to intercept the pain impulses before they reach the brain.

A positive mood can help make your task a little easier, represented by cute smiling faces that can be used to take the edge off, but you will still need some quick-click skills to place your placebos. When the stakes increase you can use painkillers, but an over-reliance on these will see them become less and less effective. More outlandish solutions include the impulse-blocking spider venom and the reliable smart bomb general anaesthetic.

Why we love it:

  • Simple and appealing art style
  • Classic arcade gameplay, with room for replays
  • Clearly conveys the learning messages