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We are finally living a moment of democratization of game development. A game no longer needs to be a super production to be profitable and that is why casual games may be a way for those who are ...

We are finally living a moment of democratization of game development. A game no longer needs to be a super production to be profitable and that is why casual games may be a way for those who are already experienced and for those who are only beginners.

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    10 tips on how to make a casual game of success for the iPhone and Android. 10 tips on how to make a casual game of success for the iPhone and Android. Presentation Transcript

    • 10 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A CASUAL GAMEOF SUCESS FOR THE IPHONE AND ANDROID.
    • CONTEXT We are finally living a moment of democratization of game development. A game no longer needs to be a super production to be profitable and that is why casual games may be a way for those who are already experienced and for those who are only beginners. Just to clarify, these following tips have been created in a subjective way, without any scientific analysis. They are merely the fruit of my observation of games that have been successful, which does not guarantee, under any circumstances, the success of your game. But it will give a good chance to get there.Rafael Rodrigues is Executive Producer at Aquiris Game Experience, a studio located in Southern Brazil. He has a largeexperience with digital entertainment and has produced over 20 casual games for major brands as Cartoon Network,Goodyear, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Colgate and Unity Technologies.
    • #1 SIMPLE PLOT.In Angry Birds pigs stole the eggs of birds, and now they need to berecovered. In "Cute the Rope" a frog is dropped at your house doorand your role is to feed it with sweets. Create an unpretentious causewhy the game should be played, without any obligation of arevolutionary concept in the history of gaming.
    • #2 SIMPLE TO PLAY.With the use of only one finger you can cut a rope, throw a little bird,make a ninja jump. The gameplay is a key point because it has theability to make the game even more democratic and likely to be soldto thousands. That is the reason games should have a simple logicwith no use of complicated controls.
    • #3 FREE OF FAIL.Every little victory is a celebration. In casual games, the players arealways being rewarded with small victories, that motivate them tokeep on playing. Think of a gameplay logic that will keep your playeralways happy.
    • #4 CONSTANT FEEDBACKS.The games must always be telling his players when they make theright move or not. So abuse of sound effects as shouts and songs ofcelebration. This keeps the communication between the game andthe player, increasing the fun in the game.
    • #5 LOADS OF LEVELS.If the games should be "simple to play" and "free of fail", you need,somehow, keep the challenge. How? Simple: make a game withloads of fun levels. This combination is what creates that "I will onlyplay one more and I will stop for now" felling.
    • #6 THINK THE HARDCORE.We are talking about develop a democratic and simple game. Butyou can’t forget the hardcore gamers. They also must be hooked,since they have great influence over other players. For them youneed to create an additional logic to the game itself, an even greaterchallenge, like ways to evaluate their performance, for example.
    • #7 LOADS OF ACHIEVEMENTS.A good casual game of success must necessarily have a huge list ofachievements to challenge the players. Many should be easy, somenot much and others almost impossible. This little "trophy room"makes players connected to the game, looking for an even betterperformance than the last time they played.
    • #8 FUN PHYSICSAdd jumps, throws, spins and falls.Why? Just Because.Games are even funner when physics is available. :)
    • #9 BE CUTE.Cute, cute and cute... Thats it. People normally sympathize with cutecharacters. Just take the most successeful games you canremember. They all make use of this feature.
    • #10 BE PATIENT.As I said before, just following this list is not a guarantee of success.This is only a guide, and you probably should produce a few gamesuntil you hit it big on the taste of the players. So give it a try andmaybe, who knows, you become the next millionaire on the gameindustry. But please remember to thank me on the credits.
    • GOOD LUCK.@the_real_rafaelrealrafael.com