Ideas for escape rooms can be hard to think of. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start (of course you can always read my book)! I’ve got just the thing for people struggling to think of escape room puzzle ideas: Game Design Improv!
Some brave George Brown game design students joined me on the Wero Creative Twitch channel to stream a recent brainstorming session. We set out to create escape room puzzle ideas using Game Design Improv and I must say the results are pretty entertaining. After a rocky start we got the swing of things. I think our best idea was generated in the second video embedded below. This first video includes me describing the game and some ways to use it to come up with escape room puzzle ideas.
My most recent game is out and you can get it now for iOS and Android! Game Design Improv is all about generating and pitching game ideas!
You can play it as a fun party game or use it to generate game ideas for your own purposes (as in for games you’re making). Inspired partly by Oblique Strategies, the game will help you conquer and creative difficulties you may have! Ok, maybe not all of them – but some. At the very least it can be used to get you out of whatever the equivalent is of a writer’s block for a game designer.
It’s an evolution of my One Game a Month game of the same name which I made two years ago(!). Indeed you can see the previous version and the most recent version in the screenshots below. It’s obvious the impact good art direction can have, and for that I must thank Samet Choudhury.
Have fun competing with others to create the best (or just hilarious) game idea! You can also use it on your own for some fun last-minute game jam ideas.
Game Design Improv is a digitized game design exercise which I use to quickly produce ideas for games in all forms. It’s all about quickly creating game ideas based on limited information in a fun way.
Use it to come up with ideas for: – Video Games – Escape Games – Board Games – Puzzle Games – Any other games!
The way to play it is to use what’s presented on the screen in a short ~1 minute game pitch. Keep it quick and it works as a fun, quick, useful activity.
This started at Board Game Jam and has evolved into this app you see in front of you now. You really should download it as there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Wero Creative wants you to make games! Do whatever you want with the ideas you generate from this app – no restrictions!