This article discusses the visual design of Puzzledorf, looking at the visual style but also how the graphics tie in to game design to enhance the users experience, including subjects such as how the visuals are used to communicate ideas with and engage the player and help teach through design.
Playtesting should be a key part of your design process. Done correctly, playtesting will transform your game design into something powerful.
This article covers the guidelines for puzzle design that I used in Puzzledorf and my answer to the question, "What makes a good puzzle?" It's not intended to be the only answer, but instead is a guide through my journey about what worked for me.
This article talks about the difficulty level of Puzzledorf, how it changes over time, and how that is used both to engage and retain players to help them finish the game.
Teaching people how to play your game is a critical component of game design - and yet a lot of players hate tutorials. So how to teach people without boring them? Better still, how to provide a tutorial that players don't think of as a tutorial? This article discusses the subject through the lens of Puzzledorf.
The subject of difficulty makes for interesting debate. There is a trend these days of making easier games to reach wider audiences. Is that a good thing? Back in the days of the Nintendo NES and SNES, games were much harder as a general rule, particularly when talking about modern Nintendo or casual games -... Continue Reading →
I've mentioned Mark Brown before as a game design channel you should watch. One of his more recent videos is on the game design of Mega Man 11. Making a platformer is something I've always wanted to do, and possibly will do for my next project now that Puzzledorf is finished. Mark's analysis is great.... Continue Reading →
I was reading an article yesterday by the developers of Slime Rancher. It talks about crunch in the industry, but gives a unique perspective of their own experience. According to the article, they have maintained 40 hour work weeks, and furthermore, do not believe they have made a successful game despite those hours - they... Continue Reading →
One of the people I respect is Bart Bonte. He's put a lot of puzzle games out and has had a successful blog running for quite some time. I also heard he recently got to 500k players on his game Black. Well, Bart put an article out recently on how he's become a successful mobile... Continue Reading →