Resources and Cooldowns

RTS games like Starcraft 2 may be the most pure resource management genre.

I don’t like a challenge

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has multiple resources.

What are resources?

Health

CastleStorm uses money as one of the primary game resources.

Money

Super Mario Bros, possibly the most iconic video game, features a time limit on every level.

Time

Others

World of Warcraft’s character portrait with their health and mana bars.

Difficulty

Overwatch’s Hanzo has some long cooldowns, making these abilities a more precious resource.

Realism vs Fun

Path of Exile’s very diablo-esque simple health and mana bars. Resources don’t need to be complicated.

Abilities

To say World of Warcraft has many abilities is a gross understatement.

Cooldowns

Overwatch’s doomfist relies on abilities more than other characters, so his cooldowns are shorter than most.
Guild Wars 2 and its resource-less cooldown-only abilities is lean in its list of resources.

Balance

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