I once make 5 minutes visual novel game for my 8 y/o niece where the main mechanic is you named every character / term as you play. She and her friends played it and laughing for hours. Then she asked me to make more short story-like game such as that.
My comic strip idea :
"Why wear mask? I heard the virus ain't even lethal anyway."
"The mask is actually to hide our identity so the virus doesn't learn our weaknesses..."
(meanwhile the viruses)
"This guy looks tough."
"Yea, but now that we learned his identity, we know that he lives alone with his old mother."
I'm starting to wonder if I should go the Half Minute Hero route with my game. The character's main weapon is logistically way too strong. So I can't really let the player continuously grow it.... But if they had to build it up each time like HMH, that could work. Also it lets me take advantage of my randomly generated maps so much more. Hmm... This could work!