20 Recommended Indie Dev Tips for Awesome Game Design

Tip #2 – Learn the Rules of Game Design

While you’re making games, you should also be studying the rules of game design and applying them. We’ll touch on many of these today in this list, but studying game design, in general, is important. There are tons of game design principles, techniques, and even hacks that you can practice. Make it a habit of reading articles, game design books, and tutorials on the subject. There are also some great YouTube Channels on Game Design that you can subscribe to and watch to learn more as well. Always be a student.

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A few game design books that should be on every indie’s bookshelf are Jesse Schell’s The Art of Game Design, Eric Zimmerman and Katie Salen’s Rules of Game Design, and Scott Rogers’ Level Up! Also for generating killer game ideas and concepts Michael Michalko’s Thinkertoys is a must-have.

Tip #3 – Play A Lot Of Games, But With Purpose

Immersing yourself into the world of gaming is also crucial. Get involved in the gaming community by joining popular forums for game development and games like TouchArcade. Also, make it a habit to check the top charts on a regular basis. Try to keep up with the latest mobile game trends and play them.

To get good at game design, you have to play a lot of games, but with purpose. So, when you’re playing, pay close attention to their design, the flow, the UI set-up, graphic style, and gameplay. Take notes. And if you haven’t played any of the classics before, check them out too. Many of the retro games like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Tetris, and Space Invaders are also excellent examples of game design. Studying both the past and what’s working right now will give you a better overall understanding.

More Game Design Examples

Pictured above: Super Mario Run, Helix Jump, and Super Fowl

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