Blueprints: Get a clue

The nonogram puzzles in Piczle Cross Adventure are merely a string of 1s and 0s. Everything else required is calculated while playing the game. Actually, let me take a step back and correct this lie. The puzzles all live in one big datatable, with the puzzle part itself forming a string of 1s and 0s. … Continue reading Blueprints: Get a clue

Piczle Cross, Puzzle & Watch

As a fan of Easter eggs in games, and being in the privileged position of developing games myself , I once made the inadvisable decision to hide an entire mini-game in one of my games and not tell anyone about it (aside from my publisher, who of course has to sign off on all contents … Continue reading Piczle Cross, Puzzle & Watch

Product, not project

I have realised I perform a simple mind-trick with every project I move from prototype to production. Once I'm satisfied with initial tests and some basic prototyping, there comes a point where you need to focus on turning what you have into a full-fledged game. Now of course you don't need me to tell you … Continue reading Product, not project

Completing Piczle Cross Adventure puzzles

When designing Piczle Cross Adventure I try to keep in mind several types of players and cater to as many of them as possible. Let's face it, everybody enjoys games differently and for different reasons. There is no "right" way to play games and though I try to "direct" the player somewhat in the end … Continue reading Completing Piczle Cross Adventure puzzles

Mini-games

Piczle Cross Adventure is mostly about following the story and playing picture crossword logic-puzzles. However, there is a little more fun and adventuring to be had outside of all that. There are some mini-games and mini-puzzles! When deciding on what kind of mini-activities to include and where I tried to stick to a few simple … Continue reading Mini-games

Dialogs

One element of the old-style RPGs we all know and love, and that persist in video games to this day, are the dialog boxes where the text appears letter by letter. Why these exist exactly is not clear. If you think about it they don't make that much sense. But they are part of video … Continue reading Dialogs