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Puzzle Design Resources: Chapter 6 Game Design by Bob Bates Lecture Notes Papers : online What is a Puzzle? a baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution Types of Puzzles: Chemical Puzzles: Cause and Effect Puzzles People Puzzles Code Puzzles Configuration Puzzles

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puzzle design

Puzzle Design

  • Resources:
  • Chapter 6 Game Design
  • by Bob Bates
  • Lecture Notes

Papers: online

what is a puzzle
What is a Puzzle?
  • a baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
  • Types of Puzzles:
    • Chemical Puzzles:
    • Cause and Effect Puzzles
    • People Puzzles
    • Code Puzzles
    • Configuration Puzzles
    • Spatial Puzzles
disclaimer
Disclaimer

Book chapter distributed

Puzzle breakdown

Use the Lecture Notes for your blog

item chemical puzzle
Item (‘chemical’) Puzzle

Mixing items in a game for an intended purpose

  • Combining object with another from inventory
    • Example: Light bulb and light socket to light a room (intuitive use)
example walkthrough for silent hill origins 2007
Example: Walkthrough for Silent Hill Origins, 2007

Notice the person up ahead.

Walk toward the figure and...

it\'s a plastic model.

Check the room over for items and be sure to collect the [STAFF MEMO] on the desk near the typewriter and the **PLASTIC INTESTINE** and **PLASTIC STOMACH** from the two sinks.

The plastic figure to the side is actually a puzzle, but we first need to get the final piece of this puzzle since it requires five organs and we only have four. Walk over to the X-ray near the sinks and turn the light box on then examine it to see "Sarah 19" wrote on the X-ray. Go back to the Women\'s Restroom and return to

Otherworld then reenter Room 204 on the second floor.

Room 204 (OW) == If you have been looking around then you will have all the information needed to solve this puzzle now.

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Item (‘chemical’) Puzzle

Mixing items in a game for an intended purpose

  • Example: soak bread with water to soften it for edibility (unintuitive use – using secondary property of the object)
cause and effect puzzle
Cause and Effect Puzzle

Transitive Relationships. Action a causes reaction b, reaction b causes reaction c, and thus gets you to the goal

  • Example: BioShock unlock the door using the guy who throws bombs at you

Walkthrough: When you get back here where Steinman blocked your progress with the neon sign, wait for a Nitro Splicer to show himself on the balcony above you. Catch one of his grenades with Telekinesis and fire it at the sign, clearing the way. Take care of him next and move through the cleared doorway, picking up the tape recorder entitled, “Symmetry” on your way by.

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Cause and Effect Puzzle
  • Other examples?
  • Are they fun?
people puzzle
People Puzzle

A person is holding a key to your goal

  • Example: Oblivion
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People Puzzle

Walkthrough: When you click the persuade button it brings up a weird wheel, with the options "Start" and "Bribe." We\'ll leave bribe for now. When you click start you\'ll see four different sized cones over top of four different options: coerce, boast, admire and joke. When you click on each of these you will perform that action, it will then be blocked and the cones will rotate once to the left. You must click all four of these in any order to finish the session. Clicking them will have either a positive effect or negative effect on the person\'s disposition. There are a total of four options as I mentioned, two of them will always decrease disposition and two will always decrease.

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People Puzzle

<a place in the game>

Go through the wooden door to find the guy your looking for, Ajum I think his name is. Talk to him, and take him back to Modryn Oreyns house, and tell the guy to sit down. The easy way to do it is to bribe him, or just sweet talk him until his disposition, or whatever it is, is over 90, then get all the information you can get. If he doesn\'t tell you anything, exit the conversation, and go back in. Eventually, he will kill himself, so talk to Modryn again to finish the quest, well done!

configuration puzzle
Configuration Puzzle

You have to push buttons in a certain configuration

  • Example: Prince of Persia
  • How would you design these puzzles?
code puzzle
Code Puzzle

You have to guess a code

  • Example: Biosock

Walkthrough: Take not of the slip of paper near the coffin with “0451” written on it (inside joke for the gamers who actually read books). Anyway, turn around and use that very code on the door lock and collect the goodies inside.

  • How would you design these puzzles?
spatial puzzle
Spatial Puzzle

Navigation

  • Example: Bioshock, Theif, Prince of Persia
  • How would you design these puzzles?
timing puzzle
Timing Puzzle

Have to time the action correctly

  • Example: Prince of Persia
  • How would you design these puzzles?
puzzle design examples
Puzzle Design Examples

Prince of Persia example

http://media.ps2.ign.com/media/736/736164/vids_3.html

bad puzzles
Bad Puzzles

Information for the puzzle not obvious

One solution that is extremely hidden

Order problem

Pixel finding

What else?

Examples?

good puzzles
Good Puzzles

Fairness

Intuitive

Design Techniques:

Spatial proximity

Educate the player or lead the player

Dynamic Difficulty

Examples?

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Puzzle Design Examples

Tomb Raider Puzzles in the Level Design

http://www.1up.com/do/my1Up?publicUserId=5856192

journal entry
Journal Entry
  • Analyze Level Design in your games

Puzzle Design and types of puzzles.

You need to show or describe concrete examples from the games. Use videos or screenshots to make the examples clear.

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