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Specter of Torment Level Design Deep Dive (3/5)

Once a level’s rooms are all in place, the game really starts coming together. Perhaps the level is playable from start to finish, and maybe it’s fun too! But we’re not done yet. It’s at this point that the team really starts scrutinizing the level as an organic unit, then revisit everything one sequence at a time as we block in more final placements and smooth out rough parts. The result should be a ‘done’ level where only final touches remain! For Specter of Torment, that process took about 4 intensive months.

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Specter of Torment Level Design Deep Dive (2/5)

In our last chapter, we developed a strategy and scope for creating levels in Specter of Torment. We also assigned objects and mechanics to each level. So, now that we’ve got a foundation of rules and ideas to build on and a rough plan for all the levels, it’s time to actually design the specific rooms that make up the gameplay of each level! Let’s talk about some of the things we consider when designing a small stretch of gameplay.

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Specter of Torment Level Design Deep Dive (1/5)

Welcome, knowledge seekers! Over the course of Shovel Knight’s development, Yacht Club Games has received many requests to document and describe our level design process. However, it’s been challenging enough to develop games, much less write about them in an understandable and interesting way! But now that we’ve just finished up with Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, we’ve had some time to collect our thoughts about our level design process and whip up a little article series! We hope to provide a little insight into the arcane mysteries of video game level design, and to codify some of the rules and practices we’ve come to value over the course of developing five Shovel Knight games.

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King Knight Hearts

Hey, heartthrobs! Today we thought it might be fun to talk about a very specific design consideration for King Knight. Notice anything particularly different about the health in King Knight’s game versus the previous games?

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Is Complete!

Salutations, true believers! It may have seemed like it would never come, but today is the day. Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown are out now! This momentous occasion marks the completion of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. The long, 6 year development journey began with the Shovel Knight Kickstarter in 2013, followed by 4 more games: Plague of Shadows in 2015, Specter of Torment in 2017, and now King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown in 2019. It’s all finally done!

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