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Mobile Game Design

Course Summary

Learn how to design a game for mobile devices. Find out how to rapidly prototype a game by sketching concepts. Then define scope by creating a game design document. Make your concepts into high fidelity assets by sketching out scene and characters in Adobe Photoshop and creating scalable vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Learn about working through game mechanics and animating the game. We will even create sound effects and music for the game. Finally, creating the start screen and an app icon.

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    Course Syllabus

    Introduction to Game Design

    Learn about the process of conceptualizing a mobile game. Understand the various types of tools involved in designing a game. Sketch a concept to share with your team and learn how prototyping can help you iterate quickly. 6 steps
    • Mobile Gaming and Tools of the Trade 3:27
    • Brainstorming and Sketching your Concept 4:07
    • Brainstorming and Sketching your Concept 5 questions
    • Sharing Ideas and Iterating 1:40
    • Understanding Game Mechanics 2:03
    • Understanding Game Mechanics 5 questions
    • Extra Credit Identifying the mechanics while playing a game is a great way to learn about different ways a game can work. Try playing some games that you already own (or grab a few free ones off the iTunes App Store.) See if you can recognize all the different mechanics at play, then think about how you could apply similar ideas to your own game ideas!

    Designing the Characters and Scene

    Define scope for your game by creating a Game Design Document. Use Adobe Photoshop to create a rough sketch and then bring it in Adobe Illustrator to design high-fidelity versions of your game assets. Learn time saving tips and tricks to improve the quality of your design. 11 steps

    Animating and Saving Sprites

    Learn how to achieve simple yet compelling animation sprites with Adobe Illustrator. Find out how using scripts can make it easy to export assets for use by a developer. 4 steps

    Sound Design

    In this stage you’ll learn the basics of what goes into making all the bleeps and bloops in your game. We’ll go over using accessible tools to create our game’s sounds and music, and tips to make everything nice and cohesive. 4 steps

    The Start Menu and App Icon

    Learn the importance of app icons and start screens and create the high fidelity assets for them. Hear some final thoughts about creating video games for mobile. 3 steps

Course Fee:
USD 25

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1 - 4 hours / week

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