Design Level awards for Lunar Lander type game

Discussion in 'Game Design, Development And Publishing' started by Jezla, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Jezla

    Jezla Member

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    Okay, it's time to seek out advice/opinions.

    I'm making a Lunar Lander type game and I'm including awards for meeting certain objectives on each level. So far I have:

    Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals: awarded for meeting certain score thresholds
    Precision medal: awarded for a precision landing
    Perseverance medal: completing the level after more than 20 attempts.

    I'm sure you can see my problem. I realized that the perseverance award is meaningless because a player can just crash 21 times, then land and get the award, so it doesn't feel like it's rewarding anything. I think 5 awards is a good number, but I'd like ideas about replacing the perseverance award.

    Has anyone seen any examples of level awards for this type of game? What might be a good replacement?
     
  2. Genetix

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    Keep it - ironic awards, or those that reward a player for playing bad are fun and still make them feel rewarded!
     
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  3. HayManMarc

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    Speed award - landing very quickly.
    Close call award - avoiding a disaster.
    Fuel conservation award - using very little fuel for a landing.
    Stunt flyer award - performing acrobatics with the lander before landing. :p
    Low visibility award - landing in darkness.
    Ace pilot award - landing on a very hard to reach pad (in a cave or canyon or surrounded by hazards).
     
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  4. NeoShade

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    Why not keep the perseverance award, but also have an award for getting the landing on the first or first few tries. Make the perseverance award with less points, so a player would be better off getting the landing quickly.
     
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  5. Jezla

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    That's good. Maybe the gold medal requirement is "score x points on the first try" instead of just "score x points". These are all good ideas, folks. Thanks!
     
  6. CongoBongo

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    How about a 'Natural Born Engineer' award for getting it right the first time?
     
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