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Four Key UI/UX Design Principles for Game Developers

User experience and user interface design can make or break a game. These for principles are essential for any game developer in delivering an awesome UI and UX< like grabbing players right away, and keeping it simple.

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I’ve done my fair share of design work over the years both for internal projects and external clients and thought I’d share a few pointers. Let’s talk user experience, also known as UX. A properly designed user experience allows players to lose themselves in your game and enjoy the full range of engagement provided by the interactive experience that is video games. A well-designed UI is absolutely crucial to this end.

Great UX is a function of good user interface design. Ease of use as well as easy interaction are the factors that make the difference between a game becoming a runaway success or flopping upon introduction to the market. The following are a few UI design tips to help improve how players perceive your creations. 

Grab Players ASAP

Players looking for a new game are a fickle lotq and will quickly click away to the next available option if your game is too difficult to navigate or does not capture their attention the minute they click on the play button. Your UX should be compelling and engaging in order to launch the player straight into the thick of things without any delay.

Keep it Simple

Too much information or too many inputs will confuse your player and put them off exploring your game any further. Apart from games that deal with heavy content and material, all other game UI should be simple for users to understand without requiring them to wade through pages of information before they can begin to play the game. Additionally, any tutorial on how to navigate through the game should be incorporated into the UI and should be short and to the point.

Deal With Integrity

When developing mobile or browser based games specifically, all navigational buttons should lead to the next step in the game and should not be used as click bait to lure users to other sites so that you can earn ad revenue. While this may pay off in the short term, it will have a negative effect on user trust and make them less likely to choose your product next time they are looking for a new game.

Test, Test, Test

Once your game is fully designed, you need to test it out by potential users playing the game. They can help you catch any mistakes or errors that your design team might have missed out on. In addition, your users will show you how easy (or hard) the game is to navigate and provide pointers on how you can improve overall user experience.

UI design can make or break your game. However, by incorporating a few important design principles, you can create a great game or other digital product, capture users’ attention, and meet and exceed their expectations, ultimately ensuring that they keep coming back for more.

The Performance Zone is brought to you in partnership with AppDynamics.  See Gartner’s latest research on the application performance monitoring landscape and how APM suites are becoming more and more critical to the business.

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