Category: Game Development

Superheroes & Gamification – Unleashing The Power Of Storytelling 

Games are fun. They keep users engaged, excited, and thrilled. The best games are built around themes, characters, and stories. A perfect mix of these three ingredients makes a path for a great level of gamification. Our MD, Vishwas Mudagal believes that the best way to do so is by having a superhero captured in a theme with a great storyline. He also believes that India is a land of superheroes and epic stories, therefore there are a lot of opportunities for brands to create their own ambassadors and gamify their content.

In an insightful talk at Ad Tech event, he shared his thoughts about the connection between superheroes, Indian mythology, and brand building. He iterated how these superheroes can be great ambassadors for the brands to hack the consumer’s mind.

Watch him talk here:

 

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How Does a Superhero Help You Gamify Your Content? 

 

Superheros Come With Epic Meanings 

Epic meaning simply means creating something that has purpose and motive. Meaning to say, a superhero always has a purpose, after all, with great power comes great responsibility. For instance – he could be someone who is fighting evil or restoring nature or persuading people to do good. This ‘epic meaning’ could be a problem that your brand solves. The answers to – what is the point of your business and why should people buy your product – will help you know the epic meaning for your superhero. Once people understand the wider importance of your product (purpose, goals, and missions) you can build game mechanics and storyline into this context. If you strike this well, people will know your superhero for his epic meaning, which is indeed your USP.

 

There Is a Powerful Narrative? 

All superhero stories have a powerful narrative. Building a strong narrative will help you strengthen the superhero character and keep your audiences engaged. After all, we all love good stories. That is what keeps people hooked and gripped to your content, product, and brand. However, when you choose a storyline make sure it is mindful, meaningful, and connects to your brand. Always remember to tell a story that has epic meaning for your audience.

 

Superheros Set Clear Pathways 

Remember that superheroes have the power to influence people, and therefore you need to have an in-depth approach to gamifying your content. You have set forth a problem, and you have a solution to it, but how does one reach that solution? When should someone choose that solution? Why should someone choose that solution? Answers to these questions will help you build a pathway that has an appealing narrative and strong storyline. Make use of your superhero to help people bring on the right path by showing the right narrative.

 

They Keep Things Social 

Humans are social creatures and so are the superheroes. All superheroes have an aim to benefit the society and world at large. Hence do not keep them away from real-world problems. Include them in fighting the real issues, this will help you create purpose-driven content for your business. Add elements that help people understand how does the superhero uses the product to help communities or societies grow at large. Doing this will add a human interest angle to your storyline and help people connect with your brand at a much deeper level.

Using the mentioned ingredients in the superhero storyline to gamify your branded content will help you target your audiences deeply and successfully persuade them. A holistic inclusion of these will help you transform your content into a meaningful engagement tool from being a mere add-on. Remember to keep all the essential parts in the place to have a powerful engagement engine that speeds your brand’s success in no time!

 

Should you be looking forward to gamifying your business, then reach out to us at +91- 9863077000 or [email protected] and our gaming studio will help you conceptualize, build a narrative, construct character, and develop an engaging product/content.

 

4 Tips To Increase Downloads For A Mobile Game

Boost Your Game Downloads

 

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We are living in a world surrounded by apps and games. For a developer it’s very hard to make a difference with his game and convince his potential users to download it. You need a plan and you need to follow some major steps to make your dream a reality. GoodWorkLabs brings to a few pointers to make it big in the gaming industry by increasing  your Mobile game downloads in the play store.

Make It Free

People don’t like to pay for things. We all know that. So if you’re coming into the vast world of app development with a mobile game that you know for sure is hot stuff but you’re charging $4.99 for it, then good luck to you, pal.

You’re starting what they call a cottage industry, which will ultimately end up as merely a footnote, a niche in the market. The bottom line is, you’re not going to get very many people paying for it; with the huge amount of apps available, you need to reach as wide an audience as possible; the best way to do this, straight off the bat, is to make it free. There’s a lot of really good free apps out there; unless your idea is the next Snake, you haven’t got a chance of catching people’s attention.

Build A Community

Engage your audience. You know they’re already going to be interested because your app is free, so you’ve got a connection already. The next step is about actual communication. Use the various social media platforms available to you; the best thing about this method is that someone else has already done most of the hard work for you. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all of the big three giants have billions of combined users, and potential gamers, all available for you at one place.

That’s a lot of exposure if you can build the right channels. You need some hype around the game. Word of mouth is your ally here, as it is with any commercially viable commodity. Think about it this way; people are much more likely to rely on the words of their friends than the faceless advice of the internet. But how do you get those initial players playing? Via the internet of course. Get as many editorials flowing as you can, splurge on all the press you can get. Let the people know what your game is about, how you play it; give your audience some incentive to get involved. Twitter promotion is especially good for this, as you can market in a concise, precise way. It’s all about promotion and exposure is the name of the game.

Keep It Simple

This is an age old advice, but is still applicable. Complexity is death when it comes to apps. There have been several instances where you might have put down an app mere minutes after picking it up because you sensed an arduous and convoluted path ahead. A user should be able to understand the basic mechanics of a game within thirty seconds of picking it up. Whatever the genre of game, when it comes to handheld devices, simple will always be the way to go.

Again, look at Snake. The game is literally timeless, there are still apps being released today that rely on its basic premise. But the beauty of Snake is that games can be as quick or as long as you like. People carry their iPhones in their pockets; no one whips it out looking for a five hour long intense session of gaming. Bite-sized chunks are the order of the day.

Cross-Platform Is The Way Forward

Let’s be blunt,  limiting your game to just iOS or Android is not a great way to start proceedings. While the iPhone might have the edge on popularity, you can never tell which way the pendulum is going to swing; counter this by making your baby playable across all types of devices from smartphones to tablets. This might take a little bit of extra time in the development phase, but will pay back dividends once you get your app off the ground. Cross-Platform also suggests professionalism, while at the same time indicating that your game is universally enjoyable. The consumers will think, hey, if they’ve bothered to position it across all platforms, then they must have some faith in it! This also aids you in your marketing, the key tool for a grassroots campaign. Editorials will be keen to mention your cross-platform standing. When it comes to your Facebook and Twitter promotion, you can be sure that you’re appealing to 100% of your audience, and not immediately cutting anyone out. Double platforms mean double exposure.

Get hustling!

 

X-Box One Vs PlayStation 4

The Gaming Console Debate

 

Are you one of those ardent fans of hardcore gaming? Then you must have taken part in the never-ending battle: PlayStation 4 vs. X-Box One. A majority of prolific gamers enjoy participating in this debate and the interesting part is that it doesn’t seem to head towards a solid conclusion. Moreover, new gamers and gaming enthusiasts aren’t aware of the features that distinguish Sony’s product from Microsoft’s flagship offering.

A Complete Guide X-Box One Vs Playstation 4

X-Box vs. PlayStation – the Face-off

The original and initial versions of PS4 and X-Box One are no longer relevant. We can call them as technically outdated models. However, PS4 Slim and X-Box One S will help us point out the differences. As far as the price factor is concerned, both of them are available for $300. Since it’s time for identifying the differences, let’s do that on the following basis.

1.     Technical specifications

To understand and evaluate the functionalities of both these models, the first thing we should know about are the specifications. While X-Box One has 13.1 × 10.8 × 3.1 dimensions, its counterpart displays 12 × 2.09 HW, in inches. Both the models have an 8-core CPU with x-86 processors. PS4 gains a beneficial edge in this context. PS4’s processor supports ‘AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next Engine.’

2.     Design features

Compared to its counterpart, PS4 has a sleek, unique, and stylish appearance. The device is lightweight and has a stunning light bar on its sides. The console features a sloping design on the front as well as the rear end. On the other end, the X Box One happens to be a bulky and heavy box which leaves you wondering about the weight. Although it doesn’t have an unimpressive appearance, gamers will still opt for PS4.

3.     Connectivity and Ports

Connectivity is an important requisite for high-quality gaming. Gamers will wish to have bigger and better experiences while playing their favorite games. With more ports, they can connect the console to multiple devices. It’s right here that X-Box One surpasses PS4. The wider and greater selection of ports makes it a clear winner in this case.

A Complete Guide X-Box One Vs Playstation 4

4.     Performance

When it comes to evaluating two of the biggest gaming models, performance happens to be a crucial factor. While both of them can play some of the similar games, PS4 is slightly better than its counterpart. With a resolution of 1080p, PS4 can ensure unsurpassed experiences for gamers. However, we can’t say that X Box One is far behind. In reality, the performance of the console depends on the device it gets attached with. Considering the performance of 1st party titles and 3rd party games, PS4 earns a few more points in this department.

5.     Gaming controls

The controllers launched by both the companies can deliver smooth performance. It’s definitely a step ahead than the previous models and even better than DualShock 3. However, the DualShock 4 controller is an innovative development from its predecessors. The controller is hardy, handy, and easy-to-operate. Therefore, PS4 wins in this department, even though by a small margin.

Considering these factors, specifications, and parameters, PS4 seems to be the better option for avid gamers. However, it’s too early to make a final statement as tech innovations are continuously improving the gaming hardware sector and who knows which of these gaming platforms might win the day.

Game Of Thrones – Tech StartUp Edition

The Game Of Tech Startups

 

“In the game of startups, you either innovate or you die”

The year long wait for Game of Thrones is finally over. The most globally watched series premiered its 7th season yesterday and the wait has definitely killed us. ( Or some of the characters at least!)

We know Winter Is Finally Here.

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We all know John Snow is a Targaryen, & Sansa finally re-unites with him. Cersei is bitchier than ever before and Tyrion, we all know he will be more badass this time around.

What about the dragons?

Well, you will have to wait and watch it for yourself.

As of now, we asked ourselves this red wedding sort of a  question.

If all characters from Game of Thrones applied to a startup, whom would you hire?

 

And the answer will provoke the North.

Tyrion Lannister as Co-Founder

 

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Well, no surprises there.

If you were looking for a knowledgeable, forthright leader executing your ideas, Tyrion as a co-founder is nothing less than perfect. He knows to work like a log and shed any inhibitions while doing so. You will find a great advisor, a loyal friend and an extremely calculated risk taker in him.

“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things”

He is famous for drinking wine and eloquent dialogues. Don’t be surprised if your company goes viral with just his epic public speeches. Also, avoid being a Joffrey and you are good to go.

Varys as Advisor

“Any fool with a bit of luck can find himself born into power. But earning it for yourself, that takes work.”

He is the greatest advisors of all times. Considering the dirty games of Westeros, probably better than Dumbledore.

Admit it. However diminished, it was only when Varys escaped with Tyrion, you finally lost faith in the future of King’s Landing. It was like a nail in the coffin because we know with his network of birds, spiders and whisperers, his word is the ultimate deal breaker. If this is not enough, his conviction to preserve the realm irrespective of who is in power, makes him the foremost candidate for this role. Having him by your side will open a door of opportunities considering he is outspoken when needed, encouraging in the right way and projects a future based on knowledge and data.

Daenerys Targaryen as CEO

 

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“Freedom means making your own choices”

Perfect addition to your board of directors, Dany is CEO material through and through. Having built an empire from nothing but a couple of Dothrakis, she has leadership experience like no other.

Listening to advice, caring for her team, taking nothing and no one for granted and knowing exactly what works in the best interest of her people, she ticks off all the checkboxes and creates some too. For example, she will be great at promoting and retaining the right people thus, building a great team balanced with knowledge, skill and loyalty.

If this was not enough, holding her dragons captive for the sake of her people put her on a different pedestal altogether. Forgiving yet ruthless, calm yet stormy, caring yet merciless, Daenerys is a perfect blend of character and class. Also, with her babies by her side, she can easily burn your competition into flames in no time.

Jaqen H’ghar as Developer

 

 

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“Valar Codaeris. All men must code”

You barely know him. His name most probably might be an alias. Yet, his impenetrable aura makes you quietly respect and secretly revere him. Jaqen is highly skilled and extremely mysterious. With an ability to don lot of faces, this Faceless Man of Braavos is a perfect addition to your technical team.

He craftily crypted the passage to The House of Black and White and religiously followed the predefined syntaxes of Faceless Men. He built situational algorithms for his trainees and silently debugged the code of conduct of the world in an attempt to bring order to his world. He considers it his duty to serve through innovation.

Petyr Baelish as Marketing Manager/ Business Development

 

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“Chaos isn’t a pit, chaos is a ladder”

Nakedly ambitious, cunningly resourceful and popular among his circles, he can easily pass off as a marketing manager or in business development. Creating favorable situations (killing Joffrey), running on a budget and finding loopholes to exploit, he is definitely the man you should be hiring for this role.

Being the popular man he is, resources and news come easy to him. Studying his character, will bring out the epiphany in age old adages like ‘make hay while the sun shines’ or ‘strike when the iron is hot’.

Tywin Lannister as Chief Operations Officer

 

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“Do you really think the crown gives you power?”

If he were to send you a resume, it would probably begin with that.

And if you think this was impressive, wait to read his Experiences section.

Served as-

Hand of the King

Lord of House Lannister

Lord Paramount of the Westerlands

Lord of Casterly Rock

Warden of the West

Winning the Battle of the Blackwater, making Joffrey toe the line, befriending the wealthy Tyrells, conspiring the Red Wedding, thus, bringing order in King’s Landing was not easy; Tywin ensured control of this certified impossible task. If your sales, marketing, technical and directors need synchronization and smooth , it would be better if you expedite his hiring. Your Chief Operations Officer will be famous for being an untiring strategist.

Valar Dohaeris!

Should the Fitness Industry take the Gaming Route of Pokemon Go

Gamification in the Healthcare Industry

If you are in the fitness industry you would surely need a helping hand with maintaining a high level of motivation and engagement. Have you thought about using technology for this? Have you considered using gamification to keep the participants engaged for success? If not then this blog will tell you how to achieve this.

We make a case to accomplish this KRA through ‘Pokemon Go,’ an AR game which revolutionizes fitness in a unique manner. If you are wondering how ‘Pokemon Go’ proves to be the next big thing in the fitness industry, here’s what you need to know!

Introducing Pokemon Go

While fitness freaks already know about this revolution, some of them might be unaware of the concept. Let’s introduce Pokemon Go for those who haven’t been exposed to this addictive game. As a collaborative venture of the Pokemon Group and Nintendo & Niantic Inc, Pokemon GO happens to be a captivating Smartphone app.

Pokemon GO is an application built in the gaming format. By leveraging some of the essential Smartphone features such as camera and GPS, Pokemon GO merges the fictional world of Pokemon Gyms and Pikachus.

Players can play in the real world with these virtual creatures known as Pokemon. The player should have physical proximity to these creatures, as that is what makes it visible on mobile screens. By overlaying the Pokemon’s image on a video, this particular game involves players in the real world and in real-time.

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With such a unique and innovative approach, Pokemon GO is surely riding quite high in popularity. The app has garnered great attention and ranks at the top of Google Play Charts and iTunes. The manufacturers had to stop its roll out in the European market, simply because Pokemon GO servers are overloaded to a great extent.

These reports clearly indicate towards the unsurpassed popularity of this gaming application. On that note, it’s high time to find out what it does for the fitness industry.

What’s in there for fitness freaks?

Some of the remarkable spots in Pokemon Go known as ‘gyms’ are places where players engage in competitions. These places correspond to physical locations such as monuments, gardens, and fountains which require the player to come out in the open and play.

Most importantly, this particular game makes players walk around a lot. The physical movements of the player help them advance in the game. As a result, Pokemon GO has successfully pulled out players out of their couch!

Fitness benefits 

With the help of this spectacular gaming app, fitness walks have become easier than ever! You no longer need to drive, cycle, or run to stay in shape. Pokemon GO has an innovative speedometer which measures your moves and stops counting distance when the speed is above 5 to 10 mph.

Quite unlike its contemporaries, the app also warns you and keeps you aware of your surroundings. Players will come across a PokeStop if they are too close to platform edges.

Parting thoughts

With such distinctive and unique features, Pokemon GO is undoubtedly emerging as the latest revolution in the fitness industry.

7 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

 

Games to watch out for in 2017:

2017 has arrived, and so have the new Games that are likely to take the excitement level of the gamers to whole new heights. Regardless of your interest in the gaming world, take a look at some of the games of 2017 which are expected to change the gaming industry forever.

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (January 24, 2017)

The first name on this list is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which will release on January 24, 2017. In the latest version, the game developers have tried to undo the mistakes done in the Resident Evil 6 by introducing more bloodshed and action. The central theme of Resident Evil 7 will be survival horror, something which made the resident evil series a huge hit in the past.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (First Half of 2017)

Nintendo has taken a lot of initiatives in the recent past to regain the leading market share that once belonged to it. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one such initiative, which is likely to turn the fortunes of Nintendo in 2017.

 

Seven Most Anticipated Games of 2017

  • For Honor (Feb 14, 2017)

Another battle game that demands fine fighting skills and a strong desire to survive. If you’re an action game lover and want to see Knights, Vikings and Samurai fighting with each other, ‘For Honor’ is the game you should wait for.

  • Prey (Early 2017)

Love shooting and think that there’s hardly anyone on the planet who can defeat you in the shooting games? Give a try to Prey and take your excitement level to newer heights. Created by famous Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, Prey is likely to go live for Microsoft PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One users before mid-2017.

  • Sniper Elite 4 (February 14, 2017)

Ever since the initial launch, Sniper Elite has been getting positive responses from its fan base. The game has successfully created a unique niche for itself, which has significantly worked in its favor. The Sniper Elite 4 will be launched for PS4, Xbox One, PC users on February 14, 2017.

  • Halo Wars 2 (February 21, 2017)

It seems like February is the month of games in 2017. Halo Wars 2 is a “Wars” spin-off and has many features that the original game didn’t have. Plus it’s one of the very few RTS games that you can play using consoles. The creators have increased the multiplayer limit to six players and introduced a new enemy called “the Banished.” Halo Wars 2 will release on February 21, 2017.

  • Star Trek Bridge Crew ( Early 2017)

It was supposed to release in November, 2016, but things didn’t work out as per plans. Now, the game developers are all set to release this four-player VR game on March 14, 2017. Star Trek Bridge Crew is probably your best chance to get hands on experience of Kobayashi Maru simulation.

Are you an active gamer? If yes, then don’t forget to share your top pick of games in 2017.

Virtual Reality Games – Are They Here To Stay?

Ever since its inception, Virtual Reality (VR) has been successful in revolutionizing experiences. By ensuring incredible and larger-than-life human experience, VR helps you take a step ahead in the virtual world. Most importantly, Virtual Reality is stirring up revolutions in the gaming world. With Facebook investing in Oculus Rift in the year 2015, VR gaming has reached new heights.

Avid gamers are no longer left in the worlds of 2D gaming, and new possibilities have already arrived. However, after the initial years of success, Virtual Reality or VR seems to be going through a rough patch. Is it so or there’s more to the story? Let’s find out.

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Uncovering the truth

According to market statistics, nearly 75% of professional game developers consider VR and AR to be long-term investments. On the other end, very few of them believe that Virtual and Augmented Reality will fizzle out in due course and fail to surpass the unprecedented popularity of modern gaming consoles.

Some of the latest developments will offer crystal clear insights into the matter. According to assessments made by ‘Game Developers Conference, 16% of new developers are working on new VR platforms.

While on the other end, nearly 15% of next-generation game developers promise to include VR support in their game development projects.

Taking a look at other aspects

Changing consumer preferences have a great impact on innovations. The need for advanced functionality along with never-ending demands for innovative operations leads to new discoveries. Take a look at your mobile devices and Smartphones. There was a time when advanced computing and tech operations were only possible on your PCs. Today, the Smartphone has almost replaced desktops in several arenas.

Irrespective of their needs, Smartphone users can enjoy uninhibited and unrestricted access to the entire world. Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have added to its functionality and users can enjoy connecting with numerous people across the globe.

So, is VR going to face similar turn of events? Or future has something else in store? Going by the market trends, it’s impossible to ignore the importance and significance of Virtual Reality. Quite naturally, its future seems to be bright enough.

What’s in store?

As one of the latest, high-performance, and unique devices for human interactions, Smartphones have earned unsurpassed popularity in the market. Try to integrate the smart revolutions with ever-increasing demands of the entertainment industry. That will lead to exceptional opportunities in the global arena. VR games will get a new life with innumerable users welcoming this technology with open arms.

Adoption rates

VR has the potential and the power to lead the tech arena, only if it’s adopted by various users. Only when consumers embrace this new technology, will they get an idea of their significance and VR game developers come to know about the user adoption rates. High adoption rates will in turn, create amazing opportunities for game developers and business owners to develop solutions focusing on this technology.

 

The Future Of Open Source Game Development

Tech innovations are evolving with every passing day. With such fast-paced and rapid advancements in technology, developers and tech experts are in a win-win situation. However, there is a crucial aspect worth considering in this regard. Other than the game development platforms, it is the framework that happens to be of paramount significance.

The future of Open Source Game Development

Going by the current trends, open-source framework seems to be the need of the hour. Especially, when it comes to game designing and development, open-source frameworks are increasingly taking over proprietary or licensed ones.

With that overview, how about gaining crucial insights into the future of open source gaming? Let’s get down to the discussion.

Market trends

When it comes to open source methodologies in game development, you will come across a pronounced cultural divide between the gaming world and tech arena. Startups are always keen to make the most out of open source technologies, whereas tech giants are more than eager to give away codebases.

The reason behind such behavior is simple. Open source ensures greater interoperability, quality, and security, and the tech world seems to be quite aware of this fact. On the other end, open source production turns out to be beneficial too. You can get developers to work on your platform.

It’s here that we require discussing the advantages offered by open source game development platforms. Take a look.

Identifying the benefits

Open source technologies are increasingly gaining grounds in the tech arena. And that’s not without reason. From portability to flexibility, open-source platforms offer a gamut of benefits to web developers. Some of these exclusive advantages include:

        I.            Reduced hardware costs

Compared to platforms such as Windows and Solaris, open-source platforms like Linux will involve low hardware costs. With easy portability and compressibility, Linux consumes much less hardware power compared to legacy systems. As the consequence, game developers will have the chance to work on traditional and old hardware.

      II.            Zero vendor lock-ins

IT managers and developers hate to face vendor lock-in issues while working with technologies. If you are not using open-source gaming platforms, you are inviting expensive licensing fees, poor portability, and bidding farewell to customization.

Open source on the other end will give you the opportunity to address these issues, thus providing more freedom and liberty in game development.

    III.            High-quality software

The source code comes along with open-source platforms and technologies. It’s evident that proficient developers will have ample opportunities to customize gaming features or add numerous other integrations. That will prove to be highly beneficial for game development companies.

   IV.            Say no to license

The absence of license compliance happens to be one of the biggest advantages of open source platforms. While using it, you will not have to face license tracking, monitoring, and compliance issues.

Latest developments

With increased adoption of open source tech, the future of game development is quite clear. Especially, with Linux laying the cornerstone for cloud-based game development support, open source seems to be heading towards a bright future in this exciting domain.

Our Thoughts to Get the Gaming Experience Spot-on

A gaming environment is quite an interactive parable. It is said to be an adventure experience that can evolve to being more than a real world’s journey. As a game designer, you serve a group of people who are ruled by their passion. Together with a great user interface, you also need to work on an immersive journey that will make people forget reality and embrace the world within the game. As such, a game designer is nothing less than a superstar for the gamers. Here are some nuances that help you get the right gaming experience to your audience.

Gaming Experience

Knowing the Emotion you want your Player to go through when playing

The key to creating/designing the perfect gaming experience is asking yourself “what do I need the player to feel in the course of the game”. Is the core objective of the game to inspire excitement, mystery, fear, sense of adventure, or insanely challenging? The “Impossible Game” should be a perfect example to bring out now, wherein users feel challenged and stressed apart from the frustrating title! These emotions should be deeply laid out before you even begin writing the storyboard. “Knowing the emotions” can act as a guideline to your story and the game architecture.

Develop a Prototype Accordingly

Now that you know what you want your user to feel, start developing a storyboard that instigates the objectives (the apt emotions). This is where the story is conceptualized and requires a lot of creativity to be pitched in. Users need to be guided to your objectives using scenarios, animations, sounds and virtual rewards/recognitions. Even the gaming graphics can leverage a sense of emotions when put in place. This should be the purest state of your game.

Choose the Test Player Wisely

Before releasing a game to the end users, you need to practically test whether the real use case has been able to live to the “objectives”. Every developer offers his creation to a ‘test player’ who is meant to give the first valuable feedback for further refinement. However, be sure that the test player clearly defines your end user. To take an instance, if you have been working on a game that is meant for kids between the age of 5 and 10, you cannot have a test player who is middle aged employed person. Consider the test player as your first user and make sure he/she is capable of providing a appropriate yet relevant feedback.

Add More Suitable Elements to Bring a Zing to the Game

Now that you know the quality of your game and the suggestions for improvement, it’s time to add other additional ingredients that will uniquely identify your game from others in the market. It’s just like dressing the turkey for a delightful presentation. However these additions should also again strictly comply with your game objectives. You simply cannot have a funny clown dancing to nursery rhymes if you are trying to create a horror experience.

Compare Initial Game and Newly Refined Game to see if the Expected Experience Comes Across

The second and final process of review is to ensure that the new changes brought into the game design/environment puts the right thoughts across. If you could visualize more integration, go for them. Your game should be able to ace the gaming experience.

Just starting off in games development? Then this post is for you

If you have just started off with developing games for computer or mobile, we completely understand your unbridled enthusiasm and passion behind your latest career move. However wouldn’t it be good benefit from nifty bits of suggestion based on our own experience? These points will help you avoid repeating a mistake that has happened in the past and take advantage of the hard learning’s of others. So here we go –

Games Development

1. Avoid exploring complex ideas first – Games genres such as First Person Shooter (FPS) are hard to develop and it ultimately saps up the energy and time out of you by the time you are done. Are you ready to invest such a long development time without worrying about its time to market?  Can your first project compete effectively against popular games like Call of Duty? Isn’t it better to start small, gain valuable experience and then move on to bigger things?

GoodWorkLabs tip of the day – Irrespective of the size of your project, make sure that you break your project into manageable tasks, get it executed, get it tested and step back to enjoy the results

2. Don’t ignore prototypes – Prototypes helps you determine whether an element, sound or character you are adding is necessary or redundant. It helps you cut down on wastages and help you check if your game, in its simplest form, is engaging. This will present you enough reasons to put in dedicated development time and efforts.

GoodWorkLabs tip of the day – If time is on your side, go ahead with creating 3-4 prototypes. This helps in mitigating risks by knowing that at least one of the designs will click.

3. Note it down – Make full use of the Game Design Document (GDD). It will help you keep your thoughts organized and going in a single direction. Be it characters, user interface, soundtrack or gameplay, keep all of it in tight control by noting it down.

GoodWorkLabs tip of the day – Many times random thoughts might come up which may or may not be used in the current project. Keep a section “Miscellaneous’ for such random/extra stuff.

4. Don’t test on friends – Reach out to complete strangers (who are gamers) for their unbiased advice that can improve your game. Break away from the comfort zone of test play with your friends.

GoodWorkLabs tip of the day – Did you know that you can take the latest build of your game to show off to general audience in trade shows, game festivals or events?

5. Don’t ignore marketing till the very end – If you do something well, learn how to sell it well too. Focusing only on technical aspects without getting the test play to a larger unbiased audience will lead to coverage problem upon release.

GoodWorkLabs tip of the day – In addition to marketing to publishers or app stores, make sure you also connect with the end user and incorporate their feedback for better success.

Here’s wishing you all the very best for your indie game development endeavor. Write in to us and share your feedback on how effective was this post in your first games development effort.

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