~ a meta-game ~
This one of the more gamey-game interactives here, an experiment in creating a meta-game - a non-zero-sum game made on top of a zero-sum game.
Give it a go using the arrow keys or draw a path.
LOCKWISE is based on the zero-sum game "Rock, Paper, Scissors" which always intrigued me because of its circular value system...
Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock
In LOCKWISE this circular structure becomes...
Circles eat triangles, triangles eat squares, squares eat circles
Instead of being a chance-based zero-sum game, LOCKWISE becomes a puzzle game that a player can succeed at, at no cost to an opponent - a non-zero-sum game.