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How to Design a Puzzle Game

What makes a puzzle game so interesting and compelling is its ability to catch the player’s attention. It should have various elements that engage the player such as gameplay, graphics, sound and music, but they all can only be as good as the connection the player has with the other players on the server.

You may remember Tomb Raider from a long time ago. The game is able to grab the player’s attention because of its graphics and stunning look. A lot of the action and suspense takes place in the darkness of the dark dungeons and catacombs. The sound and music along with the animation of the character, make it even more thrilling.

On the other hand, if you come across a puzzle game that has little or no graphics, little or no music, little or no sound and the most basic gameplay you may have a hard time getting the player’s attention. In order to satisfy the gamers’ needs, there are several important factors to consider when developing a puzzle game. One of these factors is the player’s ability to get through the game.

If the player has a difficult time making progress through the game you will lose the player’s interest. The player is also looking for adventure and to be challenged, something that puzzles cannot provide.


The player wants something that will engage him and give him something to strive for. Puzzles need to inspire him to make his way through the level because the more he uses his brain the more he will advance in the game.

The level design and layout of the game are important as well. The level design should not be cluttered up with content that can easily be missed. The background scenery is also important because the player does not want to miss out on any part of the level.

In addition to these features, the game should have two different platforms, one is difficult and the other easy. So if the player succeeds at one level he has an easy avenue to move on to the next level without much trouble. Easy to achieve levels helps the players progress further and enjoy the game.

In conclusion, if you are developing a puzzle game then the features above should be considered when choosing the elements to make the game fun. Remember that an engaging game is one that grabs the attention of the player.