My oldest son and I have been working on a casual mobile game app for the past few weeks. When we started thinking about the project, we asked ourselves “what makes a casual, mobile, game good?”.
After digging into a number of articles and stats around the topic, parsing a ton of random opinions online, and playing around with what we felt were the best apps out there in this general space, we landed on the following eleven questions:
Of course this is by no means a complete list, but I think it’s a good start and covers many of the core things to think about (in terms of playability).
So, then our challenge was to come up with an idea and build a game that we could answer “yes” to each of these questions…but that was also simple enough that we could build it out with our limited resources, talents, and ideally within a few weeks.
Honestly the idea we settled on, and have been building, doesn’t have a solid “yes” to each of these questions yet…but version one will have a “yes” for a lot of them. And we’ll continue to work towards getting to “yes” across the board as we polish and evolve the game.
In the meantime, what should we add to our list to make it a “good game” for you?
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Kevin also talks in more depth about many of the these things around twice a month via his drip campaign and has a day job as CTO of Veritonic. You can also check out some of his open source code on GitHub or connect with him on Twitter @falicon or via email at kevin at falicon.com.
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