I was browsing Reddit this evening and came across Paper Pong. It’s a paper based version of pong that is based on the idea of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I read and loved as a kid. It’s not very fun, but it did get me thinking about most simple games are nothing but a series of predefined states with transitions from one to another based on the rules of the game. To make a paper version, all that’s needed is to draw out all possible states and then link them with page numbers. The part that made me smile the most was the message on page 25. “To quit, close this book.”
You can play Paper Pong here in a new window (popup).