MOBILE GAME IDEA OF THE WEEK: WIND RIDER

In this post, and its sequels, I share my game ideas with the hope that they inspire someone to make a beautiful mobile game.

Triple Town

Triple Town. A well-designed mobile game.

 

The increasing use of smartphones has greatly lowered the entry barrier for video game developers: games can be developed by two – or even one – man teams; development tools are easier to obtain and use. Almost anyone can develop a video game (mostly mobile games) these days.

I have a passion for video games and I’ve often dreamt of creating a game myself (I have made a couple of pen-and-paper RPGs, though). Now, I can realize that dream except…

I’m lazy! I develop game ideas but I’ve never developed a game. I believe there are people out there who need game ideas and are not lazy so I’ve decided to stop being selfish and share. Every week, starting this week, I’ll publish a new mobile game idea. Here’s the first:

TITLE: Wind Rider, Sky Surfer

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

Use a glider to ferry messages between locations. Ride mild drafts of air; evade powerful guests. Race against time.

GENRE:

Adventure, Racing

SCENARIO:

The game is set in a fantasy version of ancient South America, specifically in the Andies.

GAME SYSTEM:

Rules:

Beat the time for each level to move to the next level.

Game objects:

  1. Different bodies of air with varying intensities; from mild drafts to tornadoes!
  2. Projectiles fired from the ground (in some levels).
  3. Other riders (in race levels). 

GAME MECHANICS:

  1. Touch left and right controls to turn left or right respectively. There are no controls for forward or backward movement.
  2. Ride a draft to move in the direction its flowing e.g ride forward-flowing drafts to move forward.
  3. Ride up-drafts to gain altitude. The glider loses altitude, steadily, as it moves.
  4. Tap a location to visit it. 

I apologize for the lack of diagrams: I am a graphic design noob. I’m working on the diagrams, though, but don’t expect anything visually-appealing, soon.

If you think this game is cool or less, do let me know; don’t spare any comments – I promise to read them all!

Sources of inspiration:

Lost garden link

Pocketgamer

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2 thoughts on “MOBILE GAME IDEA OF THE WEEK: WIND RIDER

  1. Sounds like a fun game. With some research online, there are a few sites/programs that help you build free games. I’ve looked into it a little, so I haven’t quite figured it out. If nothing else, it’s still fun to imagine.

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