Rock-Paper-Scissors Mechanics

Other (objects, etc.) concept

Gameplay mechanics includes some RPS-like component, which is at its core: X counters Y, Y counters Z, and Z counters X.


The first video game about Rock-Paper-Scissors Mechanics was released in 1984.

Nintendo, Jagex and Konami has published most of these games

These are not for literal cases of playing rock-paper-scissors, but when gameplay resembles the game of rock-paper-scissors by having effectively a loop of things that each is weak and strong against single other entity in that loop. Commonly limited to 3 items like in the titular game, but may have 4 or more even.

A somewhat common RPS loop is with elements (magic): fire > water > earth > wind > fire, or some variation of that.