Over the weekend I gave some thought on how I wanted to approach the work going into this week. The game itself works fine including scoring. After Episode 12 I cleaned up the overall experience by laying out a launch screen with buttons to access the game levels. The 2-ring game is Level 1 (I may change that to Level 2 where Level 1 is a tutorial level). Also added a lock where the user can’t advance to the next level until they achieve the minimum number of moves in the previous game level.
With all that working nicely, it’s nice to breathe and know I have two options. One option is to add the 4-ring game play. Another option is to build out the global “My Overall Score” that tracks each level game play in best game, number of games, and scores per games played. Each has there pros and cons…
Adding the 4-ring game play is a lot of busy work, but a pro because the game play functionality works. It’s just a matter of following the pattern and building it out. Same holds true for the final 5-ring game play. The con comes in tracking the overall scoring on a global scale because it involves adding more variables to each level of game play.
What does that mean? In order to carry game play values to an overall scoreboard, I need to track a few more things per level that is not currently developed. So, stop now and build out that mechanism and then move on to build out the remaining two game levels. Or, build out the remaining two game levels and then go back and add the additional mechanism to each level.
In today’s episode I tinkered around with the basic setup for overall scoring, but discovered a potential complexity in tracking the score for each game play within a level. How many games will a user attempt? I don’t have the real estate to track unlimited number of games per level. Next thought is to limit the total number of games that can be played per level at 5. If a user doesn’t achieve the minimum number of moves to win, the game starts over. That’s fine, but then what? Is there a consequence? Do I track the consequence?
I’m still not convinced because I’m not quite sure how the whole overall scoreboard mechanism will work yet. I do know that I’m going to kick off Episode 14 with sketching out my thoughts and hopefully have time to test a couple ideas.
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