February 7, 2017

Using the two previous games we will look at rewards in games.

In the adventure game the player is rewarded for playing and solving puzzles by progressing through the narrative of the game. this comes in multiple forms, with the story itself and all the new places (leve...

February 7, 2017

The two games that where looked at in the last to posts are what you would call balanced. But why and what defines these genres balance?

Well an important thing for these games to be balanced is that the puzzles can be completed without the player already having to know...

January 31, 2017

Now at first thoughts you might think that level design is not important for adventure games, but you would be wrong. Items that the player will use need to be in a place that fits, a place that must make sense so that they might be able to work out what this item migh...

January 17, 2017

Puzzles have always been toughly designed games where the rules and design consistent. the same can be said to puzzle games, the design and layout is consistent and has bearing on the solution, like the layout of a level in a game play peggle. But this can go a step yo...

November 29, 2016

We are going to look at the level design for this part of the witcher 2.

First is the shapes used in this shot. The shape that is most commonly used is squares, this represents stability and balance. The castle in the background and smaller buildings normally are places...

November 23, 2016

We are going to look at one of the first parts of soma (not including the prologue) and looking at its level design. First, we are going to look at the aesthetics of the level and how some elements of it have been flopped on its head.

The setting for the game is in a sc...

November 16, 2016

Us humans correspond shapes with different emotions, the shapes of the world can help us and make us feel different emotions. This is true for any visionally based construction, things like paintings, architecture, movies and of course games.

We relate circles with inno...

November 9, 2016

What is signposting in games? signposting is a thing that designers do to help the player know where to go and what to do, to prevent the player getting lost or confused about what to do and where to go, if this happens the player is likely to quit playing. A designer...

October 16, 2016

What type of mechanic is it?

  • Economy mechanic

What does it do?

  • Small medkits restore 75hp – 10s respawn

  • Large medkits restore 250hp – 15s respawn

  • Located around maps

  • Consumed instantly upon touch

  • Cannot restore more than maximum health pool


October 9, 2016

Object of the game: build a dungeon out of room cards to attract and destroy heroes. earn ten souls and you win, but get five wounds and you lose! (from the Quick start guide of boss monster)

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