Topic 1 – Principles of games design


Week 1Unit Introduction and basic principles of games design   

Task 1: Blogger / Google Drive setup

Blogger How to

Task 2: Game Design Principles

Link to your game review

Week 2 – Game Engines and Gamemaker

Create your first game in gamemaker

Useful link: Game Engines – How do they Work?

Week 3 – Using Gamemaker

Continue developing your “Catch a clown Game”.

Week 4– Gameplay Styles

Week 5 – YOUR Gameplay styles group presentations

Week 6 – Creating a maze game in game maker

Week 7 – Finishing a maze game in game maker

Week 8 – Assignment 1 Hand in

Week 9 – Space Invaders Inspired Game

PP – Space Invaders Inspired Game

Week 10 – Finishing off Space Invaders

Week 11 – Creating a platform game

PP – Creating a platform game using Gamemaker
PP – Lesson Introduction to creating a platform game – No code 

Week 12 – Completion of your platform game


Topic 2 – Understanding requirements and idea generation


Week 13  – Understanding the brief/Starting idea generation

PP – Intro to Term 2, the brief and idea generation

Docs: Game Ideas Template

Tools: MindMup 2 –  Bubbl.us –  Padlet


Assignment Briefs


Assignment 1 – Visual and Gameplay elements – Due: WC 20/11/2017 Group A & B
Assignment 2 – Pre-Production
Assignment 3 – The Pitch
Assignment 4 – Game Development