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One-button games

I’ve been hooked on a Palm game called “Hot Snake” lately, which has only one single button for control — every time you hit it, the snake changes the direction in which it snakes along.

Which makes me wonder: Are there any other video games with a single button for control? Pacman had a single joystick, but you moved it in eight different directions. Pong had one spinner — but you had two directions for spin. Gamelab’s brilliant online game Loop uses mouse movement only (no button clicking) but again, it’s omnidirectional movement. Is there another game in existence with only a single push-button control?

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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