Questions tagged [difficulty]

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

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Avoid player getting stuck with underpowered character

For a sidescrolling shooter I’m working on, I got stuck on the following: The game allows the player to buy upgrades for their character. This oppertunity comes in the form of a shop that sits at the ...
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How to increase difficulty of a catching game

I'm developing a game where products fall from the sky, and you need to catch them. A bomb also falls, and if you catch it, you die. I have 3 different products with 3 different scores. I want the ...
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Balancing stats for combat difficulty in RPG Maker MZ

I'm using RPG Maker MZ to make a game but am having extreme difficulty in developing good systems for leveling my characters and making for a challenging, but fair and balanced battle (especially with ...
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Creative difficulty "ascension level" options

I'm making a roguelike (not a deck builder though) heavily inspired by slay the spire. I'm looking to flesh out my ascension style difficulty levels with creative and interesting penalties for the ...
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What is the design rationale behind hard content that's limited to only a couple attempts per week?

There is currently a lot of discussion in the World of Warcraft playerbase about a recently added feature: Horrific Visions. Visions are personal areas you can enter alone or with a handful of players ...
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How to determine what difficulty is right for the game?

I am targeting mass casual audience as I am developing the hyper-casual game. The problem is that I have played Helix Jump and Color Bump 3d and those games have a pretty big difference in difficulty ...
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How to make a 'One Hit and Dead' platformer feel fair

I am currently making a run 'n gun platformer, in which the player dies instantly when they get hit. I'm curious how to make this feel fair. I'm aware of putting checkpoints frequently enough, ...
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How to test if a level is passable?

I am making an classic 2D arcade ball game. There will be 100 levels in this game. And after the 80th level passing the level by doing some arcade stuff will be very difficult. For example level 100 ...
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How to design simple turn based combat system with multiple difficulties?

I am developing a small, turn-based game with spaceships. The user-controlled spaceship has two modes, let's call them offense and defense mode. The user can freely switch between modes. There are ...
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How can I prepare the different difficulty levels for my game?

I've though about creating the game for the easiest difficulty level, and from there scale up and create the other, more difficult difficulty levels, but I'm not sure it's the fastest way to go. How ...
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How can I test if my rage game's hardest levels are achievable?

I love rage games and have made a rage game too, but I always wondered how to test if levels in these types of games are too hard or not, since it's ironically too hard to test. For example: If I ...
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Score balancing and progression limitation based on stars

Introduction I'm creating a game where the player can obtain 1 to 3 stars for each level based on the score it gets (based on the completion time). The levels are grouped in "worlds" each of which is ...
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Making a Game Like Pineapple Pen in libgdx - But game is too easy

It is kind of like a theoretical question. I was trying to make a game like Pineapple Pen just for the sake of learning libgdx more and just for fun . Pineapple Pen is pretty hard game but there is ...
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What is the logic behind these design decisions regarding difficulty levels?

In some games you are unable to play on the harder difficulties before complete it on a lower difficulty. Why? Achievements are popular. In some games you do not get an achievement for completing the ...
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How should I balance temporary buffs to make my game fun?

As a game developer, I understand many players (usually in RPGs) expect short term buffs to be available to them, such as potions, war cries, drugs, etc. As a player, I've never understood what fun ...
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Matching game difficulty

I'm currently making a matching game where the player is given a color or image type and the player has to click on all of the matching colors of images as fast as possible. My problem is how would I ...
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How can I make my Color Mixing game more difficult?

I am making my first game and it is coming out too simple. Are there standard "techniques" to making it more difficult? The game is pretty simple. Picture the game 2048. When you slide in a direction ...
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Incentive for players to choose hard difficulty

In a single-player game with difficulty settings, it seems obvious for players to choose the easy difficulty setting. How can I make incentives for players to choose harder difficulty settings?
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Word Puzzle: Less or more difficult [closed]

I'm working on an app which is a Word Puzzle. Player has to arrange about 10 words in correct order to solve it. I have two options to build it: Give user feedback (right or wrong) when he has put ...
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How do I design very difficult games? [closed]

I would like to design games with very high difficulty levels. I have read these questions: How is game difficulty tested/balanced? What is an optimum failure rate that will keep people coming back ...
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How can I know how difficult a question is?

I'm making a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" style of game. I'm really stuck at the part where I should arrange questions from easy to hard. Isn't this subjective? How can I tell how hard/difficult a ...
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Approach to puzzle generation

I have a task in hand about making a puzzle generator, that can fill a game board with colored pearls, that then needs to be solved by the player. The core rules are Pearls are placed in a grid, ...
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What is an optimum failure rate that will keep people coming back to my game?

I'm guessing some research has been done into this but I can't find much information. The question might be a bit too vague in itself as it depends on so many other factors. I'm developing a puzzle ...
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How can I procedurally generate the right difficulty of enemy waves? [closed]

I'm programming a space-shooter mobile game with a sandbox gameplay style similar to Defender's. The player faces infinite waves of enemies moving towards his ship. The game has many upgrades the ...
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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 ...
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