The level of challenge in the game, as determined by the relative ease of the gameplay.

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How can I estimate the difficulty of user-generated content in my puzzle game?

I'm making a puzzle game where one player makes a puzzle, and other players attempt to solve the puzzle the first player made. The puzzles are a grid of squares that may contain different kinds of ...
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How can I scale the number and challenge of enemies in an attack wave as the game progresses?

I'm currently making a defense game where enemies will spawn and attack the player's army. It's similar to a Tower Defense game, except there is only one level. The enemies will keep spawning until ...
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Algorithm for game difficulty/pacing curve generation in single player RPG

I'm looking at this article about pacing in entertainment and games. It suggests that all good entertainment roughly follows a pacing/engagement curve like Star Wars(below). I'm interested in how I ...
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Measuring enemy “success” against player

I've been toying with an idea for a game prototype where the player must defend against waves of enemies, but between each wave the enemies "evolve" to better combat whatever tactics the player is ...
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How to properly handle equipment enchants

In my game, the player starts with a set of equipment and unlike many other hack-and-slash RPG's, this base set of stuff never changes - the player never acquires a new weapon or armor. The only way ...
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How to make some monsters appear more dangerous than others?

My game is an open-world co-op MMO with retro graphics, permadeath and no leveling system. The problem I'm facing, is the fact that I don't know how to make some monsters appear harder than others. ...
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Music Rhythm Game Difficulty Question

I have curious question about music rhythm based genre while I'm making a code for the game. Is it really better if I set a random pattern encountered on every music played or there is a specific ...
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Connect-three game: Increasing level-of-difficulty as play progresses

I'm writing a connect-three type game (think Chuzzle, but without all those nasty locks, and with no big chuzzles) and I'm trying to figure out how to increase the level of difficulty as play ...
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What name should I give each difficulty level? [closed]

I have a game with 4 difficulty levels (or levels of AI) and I'm wondering what to name them instead of the boring Easy, Normal, Hard, Impossible.
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How is game difficulty tested/balanced?

How is game difficulty typically tested or balanced so that there's a steady progression of difficulty; how do I ensure that no level is too difficult or too easy for its point in the game? Are play ...