An attract mode is perhaps one of the most familiar gaming features for any retro player. Invented in the era of arcade machines so that a potential player could assess a game without spending a precious coin on the machine, attract modes can also be a great feature for NES games.
You may know of Friday The 13th: The Game and Dead By Daylight, but video games have seen just as many horrors in their classic console glory days.
An interview with Lead Designer Andrew Marsh about the puzzle design of The Meating
If you have ever engaged in programming, then you know about bugs. If bugs didn't bother us, the development process would be faster and more enjoyable. But these bugs are just waiting for the moment to corrupt our code and spoil our timelines and creative flows. Fortunately, there are many tools and strategies for eliminating bugs - even for retro programmers.
Developing retro games is always a dance of balancing features, processing speed, and cartridge space. Sloppy code or unrefined design can lead to a sloppy, slow game. However, clever design and masterful code can create a beautifully choreographed game. Programming the behavior of Voracious Ghosts in the Meating is an example of one such dance of development and design.