Wasted effort

Video game concept

Player is given an arduous task, which upon completion is found to have been completely pointless or unneeded.


The first video game about Wasted effort was released on October 1991.

Sega, Runic Games and Digital Extremes has published most of these games

Often done for mild comic effect (e.g. player is tasked to find something important, which is later found to be an ingredient for the task master's daily cup of tea, and the person then gets the Real thing from their back pocket) and artificially lengthening the games.

In a more serious instances, upon completion of the task it is found it either didn't work or otherwise isn't usable for the greater problem.

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Windows 9
X360 1
PS3 1
Win3.1 1
Wii U 1
Wii 1
PS4 1
Linux 1
PS Vita 1

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