Puzzle design: Difficult does not mean complex!

Discussion in 'Game Design' started by Bearded Whale, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Bearded Whale

    Bearded Whale New Member

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    I firmly believe that a puzzle game can be made madly diffifult without growing all complex and convoluted, so I have made a game and done everything humanly possible to keep the complexity at a bare minimum. The levels all are small and simple, the solutions are never intricate, just hard to figure out, and every puzzle looks really easy at first glance.

    If you are interested in puzzle game design, I think you might enjoy reading about it here:

    http://www.beardedwhale.com/codroids/difficult_not_complex

    I hope this can inspire those of you who are making puzzle games to go in a similar direction. It takes a lot of work (I spent years on the puzzles in my game), but it is also very rewarding.

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    If you just want to see it in action, try some really simple but deceptively difficult puzzles in this challenge:

    http://beardedwhale.com/challenge

    Or begin with some earlier levels (recommended):

    http://beardedwhale.com/codroids/try_codroids

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