First Game: Orange is the New Black

IMAGE LINK The game that we have till May to finish actually came out of the idea from watching Orange is the New Black. The story is about a woman that gets into prison and it just shows her life and how she is coping with everything that the prison is throwing at her. I…

Game Mechanics: Achievements

IMAGE LINK This is the easiest game mechanic to explain and probably one of my favourite ones as well. The achievement game mechanic is simply a mechanic where you earn achievements for accomplishing specific tasks. This is a screenshot from World of Warcraft achievements screen. IMAGE LINK There are also other games and platforms that…

Game Mechanics: Appointment Dynamics

  IMAGE LINK This game mechanic is about specific things like bosses or items appearing and working only at a specific time. For example, there is a world boss which was included in one of the expansions in the World of Warcraft game. It only appeared at a specific time during the day and required a…

Game Mechanics: Bonuses

IMAGE LINK The bonus game mechanic is used in order to allow the player to earn more points. Or also in order to help get through the game. Especially in games like Crash Bandicoot. Clearing bonus levels helps you achieve a higher percentage at the end of the game.

Game Mechanics: Combos

IMAGE LINK The combo game mechanic is self-explanatory because it is about making combos by inputting a specific section of buttons in the right time. The image above shows the different basic combinations included in the DMC: Devil May Cry game. The better combos you make the higher the score will be as well, plus…

Game Mechanics: Levels

IMAGE LINK The levels game mechanic refers to games where you level up you character or anything that allows some sort of a level. The image above shows a player from World of Warcraft elevating to level 13. Leveling up can be done by earning the right amount of experience points which then lets you…

Game Mechanics: Infinite Gameplay

IMAGE LINK As the name of the games mechanic suggests, this is a mechanic where the game doesn’t end at all. And you can either carry on playing it until you get bored or until a game gets too difficult which a player will fail in and start again. The image above shows a game…

Games Mechanic: Epicness

IMAGE LINK This game mechanic refers to a specific part in a game that if accomplished it will make you feel ‘epic’. Especially if it is really difficult and not many players have managed to complete that certain task. But it can actually be anything that can give you some sort of epic satisfaction like…

Games Mechanic: Behavioural Momentum

IMAGE LINK This game mechanic focuses on the player making the same thing over again in order to achieve a higher level of a skill. Also known as ‘skilling.’ In the image above you can see the Cooking crafting in World of Warcraft. It shows your current level in this skill and also what you…

Games Mechanic: Ownership

IMAGE LINK Ownership game mechanic is when a player develops some sort of an emotional attachment to a specific character in the game or even an item and gets upset when the character dies or when the item is lost, for example a favourie weapon. In Fallout 3 it is possible for your dog companion…

Game Mechanics: Loss Aversion

IMAGE LINK This is a game mechanic that is mostly introduced in games where you need to pay for a subscription at some point, or where a game releases expansion packs every now and then to add new things into the game. The image above shows World of Warcraft where the first ever expansion has…

Game Mechanics: Urgent Optimism

IMAGE LINK Urgent Optimism is a mechanic where you level up or gear up your character as soon as you can before you go and defeat a specific boss or before you complete a difficult task in a game alone. This mechanic is the most common mechanic in online games, especially the RPG games. The…