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Game Design School - IMPROVE A GAME

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IMPROVE A GAME

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After this page:
  • You understand that design work can contain various needs
  • You realise designers might need to start from different starting points

START FROM MECHANICS

Quite often game design isn’t about creating your idea, but you might need to take an existing mechanics and make a great game from it. In a way game designer needs to be able to create interesting games starting from just the mechanics, or story or theme and then to add the rest!
Here’s an example.

Did asteroids start like this? Just the mechanics.

It ended up being space themed.

It could have been about saving the Olympics from rain and you flying that plane breaking the clouds :D


TETRIS SAMPLE - HOW ABOUT TETRIS? Tetris Game Design Examples


Most Tetris games you see are the same. Colorful blocks without any actual theme.
But what could the theme be? There isn't many examples available, but here's one:

  • You are the Pharaoh and command the building of your pyramid, except the pieces are a bit differently shaped, they are Tetris shaped!




EXERSICE: NEW THEME FOR SPACE INVADERS

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Intermediate - 1 hour