This is the development log for my world design for the prototype The Old Ones.
I love Binding of Isaac, but I hate it. Apparently, that is the point – at least that’s what veterans of the game tell me I should feel. BOI brings together a unique blend of fun and frustration, one which make players want to throw their controllers against a screen but keeps players coming back. These properties make BOI a unique case study for looking at level pacing.
Portal is one of the iconic games of our generation, eloquent to learn, intuitive to play and yet extraordinarily difficult at times. In this post, I will be examining Portal’s method of teaching the player the core mechanics of the game and how Portal introduces difficulty through level design. This game is an excellent case study to examine how we perhaps went wrong with our own game’s level design and the ways in which we taught players the game’s mechanics.