Game mechanics refers to many things and, there are no actual standard definitions for the concept. With that said, the term generally refers to the rules of play that govern the interactions between players and the game. Some common elements in game mechanics are turns, movement, random generators, risk, and rewards. The way these game elements affect the interaction of the game play and players will determine the flow of the game and ultimately, the playability of the game. When done right balanced play is achieved and the players usually enjoy the game, win, or lose. When the game play becomes unbalanced, the mechanics must be examined and adjusted, or the player drop off rate increases.
The reasons for unbalanced play could lie in any element of the game or it could be in how the events of play direct the action sequences of the game. Regardless of where the imbalance occurs it is imperative that the game mechanics are adjusted, and balance restored ASAP. At times the task of editing the mechanics of the game go uncorrected due to the developers being too close to the project and an outside consultant is required to bring in an unbiased eye to solve the issue. This is where Pixelific Games can offer some assistance.
At Pixelific Games we have over 40 years’ experience in game design and development. Everything from board games to computer games and gamification for non-game related websites in between. The depth of our understanding of game mechanics includes the research and play testing of several genres of game types that include games of chance, sports betting, poker, fantasy sports gaming, browser-based games, board games and computer games. In fact, you would be hard pressed to suggest a style of game that we haven’t already worked on. So, if you are in need of some help with your game mechanics contact us and we would be glad to take a look at your game and offer some suggestions.