Hello and welcome to the second part of an article. Here is the link to the first part, in case you haven’t read it 😉
Today I will talk about moves, bonuses and more. We will cover some essential parts of a puzzle game which are absolutely must have 🙂 Let’s start then!
On the screenshot below you can see a popup of a Daily Bonus. The one I just unlocked gives me 2 Extra Moves. Basically, each day I get a bonus and they are mostly repeating, but from time to time there’s something special, as well as unknown, marked with ?. Not only a player receives something for free, he also has an insight into other bonuses, with the most valuable one at the end. All of this makes a little intrigue and creates a stronger bound between a player and a game.
Since I mentioned moves, I should say more about it 🙂 First of all, you should never underestimate something as simple as moves system. In Diamond Digger Saga they know it very well and make use of it. For example, almost every level is broke down into a few maps with exits, which are blocked and you should dig your way out in order to go to the next map. After each such transition you get 2 extra moves. This is a small, but a very pleasant and useful reward, and players like to be rewarded, even for small things. Who knows, maybe those moves will allow you to finish a level, where otherwise you would fail. The developer shouldn’t bother about profit as well, because if a level is too difficult for a player, two moves will not make a big difference, and if they do – it means the player would have won this level in a second or a third play.
After (and if) you finally press the X button, you get a Failed popup. Look at the graphics – it is pretty sad. And where there’s sadness, there is a good moment for cheer up 😉 Notice a Get 10 Gold Bars text. Not very visible, but still noticeable for those who think about pressing a Connect button. We will not spam your wall is always appreciated, as people often refuse the adding of new groups with publishing rights.
Yes, there is shuffling when there’s no combinations, you have boosters, bonuses and extra moves. But, sometimes there are moments which are not covered and where there is no window popping up, no shuffling, nothing. What happens next is you get a Failed text. Try to avoid such moments of despair in your game, because they bring a lot of frustration and helplessness, and it is not what a player is looking for.
This is the end of the second part. I really hope you have enjoyed it and stay tuned for more! 😉