COUNTING CRITTERS

Counting critters is a fun and educational game for all ages.

As the owner of the product, I defined and designed the game mechanics and experience, invented and illustrated a character family, designed the UI, and produced the game. The result was a fun addictive game, developed for iOS and published on the App store.

counting critters

THE CHALLENGE

DEFINING, DESIGNING, AND PRODUCING A FUN EDUCATIONAL GAME

When smartphones emerged and mobile games were being developed, I decided to produce a fun and educational game for iOS devices. Several years before I was part of the founding team of XPOGames, a first of its kind platform for social casual gaming. During that period I had developed several games in flash and decided to take one of these basic games and turn it into a mobile game with unique characters and a fun background story.

The original game was a time-based counting game in which players were supposed to click numbers in the correct order within a specific time frame. Each level added numbers and reduced the available time. Obstacles and goodies were introduced throughout the game, adding difficulties and distractions.

crazy counting

The original flash game had some of the ingredients of the final game but lacked in look and feel and background story

GETTING STARTED

CREATING A CHARACTER FAMILY AND BACKGROUND STORY

A fun background story in games creates an emotional connection and a sense of 'purpose'. The idea was a simple one: a group of critters that had been captured escaped. It was the player's role to capture these creatures in the correct order.

The first thing I needed was a character family. I illustrated a group of critters, goodies, and baddies. Each critter had unique capabilities.

critters

For each critter I created a look that emphasized their role in the game

PROCESS

GETTING IT ALL RIGHT

Once all of the concepts and stages were defined designed, it was time to plan the game mechanics. All of the elements needed careful planning: available time, difficulty increase per level, timing of goodies and baddies, and more. I planned formulas that allowed infite levels and gameplay. Once implemented, these were finetuned to create the best experience.

counting critters game

THE RESULT

A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL GAME FOR ALL AGES

The game contains 5 different stages. Each stage is played in a different environment and introduces new types of critters and challenges. During the game, players receive badges for their achievements. Once a certain badge has been earned, it unlocks the next stage. For those, too impatient to earn these badges, the stages can be unlocked through in-app purchasing.

counting critters stages

The game contains 5 stages that need to be unlocked

counting critters stage 1

The first stage slowly introduces most of the critters

counting critters stage 2

A stage filled with ‘shakers’ will make you dizzy

counting critters stage 3

When the ‘snatchers’ steal each other’s numbers counting becomes very difficult

counting critters lights out

Can you count with the lights out?

counting critters badges

Badges are awarded to high performers

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