If an Easter egg is akin to finding that one last After Eight in a box full of empty wrappers, then finding a whole game inside a game is like finding there's another tray at the bottom of a presumed empty box.
There's something so inherently cool about a developer including a hidden video game inside the one you're already playing.
More often that not, it's usually in the form of an earlier game in a series, a sort of "Hey, look how far we've come" kind of acknowledgement. Or, it's something the studio has worked on as a side project, that occasionally goes on to be its own published game.
Sometimes it's nice to take a break from saving the world from the legions of Hell to play an old game... about saving Mars from the legions of Hell. Maybe your knuckles hurt from taking on rival street gangs, so you put your skills to the test on some arcade cabinets instead.
Whatever the reason, coming across or unlocking one of these hidden gems is a great way to spruce up the fun in a game. If there's an inherent challenge or reward to doing so, it's a nice little caveat for those aiming to 100% their games too.
So let's take a trip down memory lane with some games... in games.
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