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This phenomenon can be partially attributed to the emergence of novel distribution platforms and lightweight development tools resulting in a significantly lowered entry barrier. Many examples of independent games presented in this paper feature 2D content and provide fun through strong, innovative and playful game mechanics. Personal and educational classroom use of this paper is allowed, commercial use requires specific permission from the author.
The level designer operates at a unique position at the intersection between programming, design and art Byrne Level Design can be regarded as the process that implements the game design as well as all kinds of assets in the game. This paper helps clarify the prevalent view that often equates many tasks of game and level design by isolating and situating aspects of level design practice. The contemporary retro game helps to illustrate a newly found focus on level design and on building level design elements on strong core game mechanics.
As results of the analysis this paper will present a series of distinct level design practices that relate to the design of contemporary retro games. Especially contemporary retro games seem to build on one or more strong core mechanics that are explored and expanded through gameplay.
Therefore understanding what game and core mechanics are is the basis for analyzing how these mechanics shape level design practice. For the purpose of this examination, core mechanics are regarded as the defining game mechanics of a game.
They can be seen as the building blocks around which a level designer can grow a level that plays with these mechanics. A simple pattern based on this mechanic would be to place obstacles on the floor that the player has to evade by switching gravity to run on the ceiling.
Expanding on this mechanic, the player later even navigates between and below moving platforms by switching gravity. The defining qualities of good level design include: - To maintain the delicate balance between difficulty and challenge. By avoiding anxiety and boredom players should be kept within an ideal flow channel Csikszentmihalyi , Chen This also results in emergent gameplay and provides an incentive to replay levels.
In a way this relates to the quality of malleability that Golan Levin describes for electronic instruments. A level always should include easier and harder options that are rewarded proportionally. Level design has to ensure individual levels are aligned within the overall progress through the game. To ensure continuity, a level can only introduce new elements as described in the asset revelation schedule. To have an approach that combines play with practice the authors asked themselves the following questions.
The same questions are used as a basis to look at the qualitative examples. The authors tried to step back from their own work and act as qualified observers Lammes in the following two sections. All sound effects triggered by the gameplay blend with the music. The first step of designing a level always meant listening to the respective song many times to identify things like sections, recurring elements and different themes. The level files of the game consequently read like a musical score.
This also means that levels would play slower or faster if used with a song with different BPM beats per minute. Overall Radio Flare Redux combines the retro style and basic gameplay of a side-scroller with the concept of synesthesia and interactive music.
In the game you use one thumb to control the ship and the other to target enemies with a swiping motion. When you release your thumb all targeted enemies are destroyed in sync with the music. In a sense this core gameplay also happens in rhythm, as does everything else in the game. The level design follows the music not only in rhythm but also in structure and themes. Ideally different sections of a level read like variations on a theme.
What is beneficial about this approach is that the possibility to plan everything exactly tightens the connection between music, visuals and gameplay. At the same time this approach results in a very linear and static experience that mostly voids emergent gameplay situations. Most of the level design for Radio Flare Redux was done close to release.
This was a necessity because it was only then that all music licenses were cleared and the soundtrack definitive. The game would have benefited from starting earlier, which might have produced a deeper, and more varied pool of enemy patterns and game elements to draw from. How many elements are needed to build a good, varied level is something that is hard to judge in advance. Also many good ideas arise during the level design process that are mostly lost if the design is done late in the production cycle.
The bottom line is that the approach to level design worked very well in connecting the gameplay to the music and thereby providing an immersive experience but had serious drawbacks in terms of gameplay variety and depth. Hue Shift Hue Shift Schuh is an endless action platformer. The player uses the arrow keys to control an oversized pixel that can shift its color between red, green and blue. Only platforms that have the same color as the player remain solid.
If the color does not match, the pixel will fall through the platform and the player has to start again. As a consequence, level and gameplay design happened simultaneously and affected each other during the whole design process. The first approach used in Hue Shift was level based.
Challenges were designed manually and the goal for the player was to finish each level as quick as possible. Due to the fact that the player speed is constant, early user testing did show that there is a maximum high score, which does not motivate players. An article by Adam Saltsman inspired a new approach to the level design, which suggested an endless, self-generated level. With this approach, players were able to play the game until a mistake ended the run - a practice, which led to an active battle for high scores.
The level itself was generated out of 50 predefined blocks, each containing between 2 and 6 platforms. These blocks were split into 3 categories - easy, medium and hard. The first few tiers of the level were designed to be easy, followed by medium and later hard blocks. After a while, blocks were chosen randomly from all difficulties.
The biggest challenge was keeping the level solvable. The blocks had to be designed in a specific way so every block could be combined with every other block. Despite the fact that solving the level design problem took longer than expected, the overall time of the level design process was short and cheap compared to other projects.
User testing showed that randomized level generation increased player motivation. When a mistake was made, players hoped for a better random level on their next run.
Conversely, some players were frustrated after experiencing some tricky random levels. However, they still hoped for a better level in subsequent tries. Hue Shift is often compared to 'retro' games because it has a very low-end graphic style and limits the player to two actions - jump and change color.
Contrary to retro games, one of the major goals of the game was to somehow limit the playtime for each run to approximately 5 to 8 minutes. The level design itself also follows a 'retro' approach. For each run, the level is self- generated by combining predefined blocks that are picked by random.
Using only a small number of chunks and combining them as often and varied as possible is a method, which was often used by games that only had very limited disc space at their disposal.
All five selected games are from the contemporary retro game genre. The elegant simplicity of their core game mechanics makes them easy to understand and each of the five games has been selected to illustrate a specific level design practice. New school concepts are described to give an understanding why the chosen games, while having a retro game flair, still are modern games that build upon established modern gameplay paradigms and use novel features.
The core mechanic is described to understand its importance to the level design. The game focuses on playing with this mechanic in a variety of interesting ways. It is a classic platformer game that builds its potential out of exploring a single and simple core mechanic.
It constrains input to left and right movement and to switching gravity between up and down. By reversing gravity players suddenly find themselves running on the ceiling or having to walk across the bottom side of moving platforms. Playing is based on retrying small sections very often. To support this the game makes frequent use of well-placed checkpoints so that players never have to replay longer sections to get to the place where they failed.
There also are no lives and no game over. Similarly physics-based gameplay often relies on one core mechanic; for example rotating the whole game world with the Wii remote in order to find a path through the indie puzzle platformer game And Yet It Moves Broken Rules, Iterative level design Canabalt Saltsman is an automatically scrolling platformer in which the player needs to escape an unknown threat.
The player is only able to jump across gaps, obstacles or boxes and cannot stop the movement at any time. Only the speed can be slightly modified by running into boxes to slow down a little bit.
Otherwise the movement speed is increased over time. The game contains only one endless level, which changes every time a new session is started and contains only a few distinguished elements.
Non-moving platforms in various forms like rooftops and annunciator panels 2. Moving platforms collapsing buildings 3. Bottlenecks large buildings where you can only cross through one floor 4.
Random enemy encounters objects that suddenly fall from the sky Those elements are generated procedurally in a similar manner like the levels in Hue Shift, which was described above.
Level Design: Concept, Theory, and Practice
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Viktor v. A book on level design comprehensive and relevant enough that I can recommend it to professional colleagues and students alike. The industry has needed a book like this for years. Kremers leaves no stone unturned, touching upon the relationship between level design and the game's lighting, audio, story, artificial intelligence, mechanics, puzzles. It's a truly grand task to take in the domain of 'level design' and try to wrap it up into a book of manageable length.
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