Understanding Energy Systems


Energy seems to be hated by designers and players alike, so why does it endure as the hallmark of casual F2P games? The fact is that whilst it’s a crude mechanic, it’s also an efficient one, delivering several functions in one easily implementable feature.

This isn’t a defence of energy systems – I’ll follow up with a post on ways of replacing them – but without something fulfilling these roles then it’s unlikely you’ll make a very good game. I’ll talk about energy and timers fairly interchangeably here as they are both pacing systems that function remarkably similarly.

The four main reasons that mobile designers use energy systems are:

  1. Habituation
  2. Content pacing
  3. Monetization
  4. Strategic choices

1. Habituation
The primary reason that designers use energy systems is to encourage players to play as long and as frequently as they would like. The amount of energy gives an easy way to fix the…

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The Emotion of your Art/Product

In every Art form you communicate with people more or less consciously deepening on your understanding of yourself.
Even if you do very flat art for the portrait objects sake only – you communicate that with it.

The more people can relate to your Art the more success you have.

Keeping your communication as Universal as possible can there for be the key to your success.
All Humans can be driven by emotions, since they sit much deeper in us as everything evolved later.

Emotions can press through that prefrontal cortex construct, what we call our personality and paint yourself fully in the colour of that Emotion. In other words they have to power to fully overtake you.
The stronger your Art/Product can immerse the consumer in that emotion the more of a pull you can build.

Seek for the most simple way to achieve the strongest emotional expression first.

Think about your favourite Song rather than your favourite movie.
They are short but very expressive resonating with your current emotional state, creating that permission slip to discover that emotion deeply with outer guidance and pulling you along, stimulating thoughts and dreams as well as actions.

So as a creator you want to create that product that appeals to a very specific emotion in a broad enough communication form and way to reach as much people as are drawn to it. FIgure out what emotion your product represents, this is an ongoing process and should be redone after you created the basic construct.

As your mental model may not match to what you actually have created.

Once you figured out what you have in front of you try to align every further component to that very emotion, enhancing and supporting that defined emotional core.

Working on new Gaming Apps with Sabba Keynejad

Busy with Sabba Keynejad making awesome new games.

Filling iTunes with beautiful design and perfectly simple gameplay.

My collaborations with him so far:

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Three Points


Ace Tennis

Goal Keeper

1 Power – iPhone -> Live

Hammer down your taps and unleash your true power, step by step. Compete with players all over the world.

-Gameplay that will grow your biceps
-Visualy trippy
-Get caught in the hypnotizing spiral and tap wildly on a glass screen

Free Download:

Gameplay Trailer:

Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_ZwOHzMByE

Licence: http://goo.gl/ZSoZf

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1 Cruise – iPhone Gameplay Trailer

One of my 3 upcoming iPhone games this weekend.
1 Cruise -Featuring Music by @audioPad  youtube.

The Game will be available from the 28.6.2014 on.
For iPhone exclusive! (Android is for poor people)

Game Info:
Cruise through a vibrating world, as long you can. Gain power and become more effective. Enjoy the trippy graphics. Compare your result with players all over the world.

1 Cruise – iPhone Gameplay Trailer

Sabba Keynejad

So I partnered up for the upcoming game app’s which go live this saturday (31.5).
Proudly presenting:

Sabba Keynejad
Sabba Key

Sabba Keynejad described in his own words:

 am a multi disciplinary design/developer soon to be graduating from Central Saint Martins. My work explores interaction, sound, data and experience. I like to create experiences people want to share and interact with, this is the driving force behind what I do.

You can check out a lot of his design projects on his website:

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He also got interviewed from hit-bag.com which belongs to the VICE blogging network.

His first released gaming app was directly featured by Apple, which is pretty impressive.

Download it here:

The last days I created a total new version of his first app since the gameplay wasn’t as advanced as the graphics. We made it more „flappy“, meaning hard and addicting. We want to get it live right before the big Fifa 2014 Football event starts off, so it maybe catches a wave to ride with. We also re-skinned it and changed a few variables to make it a tennis game which also connects to the other big sport event this year, which is Wimbledon 2014.  We already work on a totally new top secret project.

Sabba is a very engaged and inspiring person, he works like a maniac which pretty much aligns with me. I look forward to create a lot more of these exciting game projects with him. The first two projects will be shown here soon!

Sabba Keynejad Twitter:

Just extended the Gamesalad membership

All the games I shipped so far for the iPhone, we’re created with a software called Gamesalad.

Website: http://gamesalad.com
„Create Games Rapidly Drag & Drop, No CodeGame Creator“

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I just had to activate the pro membership which I had for free the last 3 months since there was a special deal I participated.

But now I had to buy it in order to continue doing my games. So let’s hope I make this 299 Dollar back in the next months :=P

Hanging around in the park and getting things done

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So my second game for iPhone is apple approved and will be automatically released 23rd of April. Let’s see how everything rolls:)
This weekend I went out with my girlfriend for some celebration and enjoyed Berlin and the beautiful spring weather in the park.

On monday I gonna brainstorm and start sketch the first update ideas for Sha Cat. What features will increase the attractivity of the app for new users? What will people gonna keep on playing? What could make them spread the word to their friends? But I gonna do all of this totally chilled in the park, letting go a little of this strong temptation to try to control everything and start more enjoying what I actually do. Since the main purpose of the whole things is exactly that.

Let’s create!