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1 Game Objectives Provide Challenges Set the tone of the game Affects formal game system Affects game dramatics

2 Consider the following: What are some of the objectives of games you have played? What impact do these objectives have on the tone of the game? Do certain genres of play lend themselves to certain objectives? What are player-determined objectives?

3 Examples of Game Objectives Clue: Be the first player to deduce who, where, and how a murder was committed.

4 Examples of Game Objectives Battleship: Be the first player to sink all five of your opponents battleships.

5 Examples of Game Objectives Connect Four: Be the first player to place four units in a contiguous line on the playing grid.

6 Examples of Game Objectives Chess: Checkmate your opponents king.

7 Examples of Game Objectives Super Mario Brothers: Rescue Princess Toadstool from the evil Bowser by completing all eight worlds.

8 Examples of Game Objectives Civilization: Conquer all other civilizations on the board.

9 Categories of Game Objectives (Genre) CaptureChaseRaceAlignment Rescue or Escape Forbidden Act ConstructionExplorationSolutionOutwitRhythm-game

10 Capture Game Objective The objective is to take or capture something of the opponents while avoiding being captured or killed. Includes strategy board games like checkers and chess. Also in this category are real-time strategy games. The concept of capturing or killing the opponents forces in one ingrained in games.

11 Capture Game Objective

12 Chase Game Objective The objective of the chase game is to catch or elude an opponent. Chase games can be structured as single- player vs game, player vs player, or unilateral competition. Chase games can be determined by: –speed or physical dexterity –Stealth and strategy –Logic and deduction

13 Chase Game Objective

14 Race Game Objective The objective of a race game is to reach a goal – physical or conceptual – before the other players. Examples could be a footrace, a board game like Uncle Wiggly or Parcheesi. Race games can be determined by physical dexterity. Race games can also be determined by a mix of strategy and chance – like Backgammon.

15 Race Game Objective

16 Alignment Game Objective The objective in an alignment game is to arrange your game pieces in a certain spatial configuration or create conceptual alignment between categories of pieces. Alignment games are often puzzle-like because they require solving spatial or organizational problems. Determined by: – logic and calculation –Chance opportunity

17 Alignment Game Objective

18 Rescue or Escape Game Objective The objective is a rescue or escape game is to get a defined unit or units to safety. The objective is often combined with other partial-objectives.

19 Rescue or Escape Game Objective

20 Forbidden Act Game Objective The objective in a forbidden act game is to get the competition to break the rules by laughing, talking, letting go, making wrong moves, or doing something they shouldnt. Not often found in digital games. Sometimes involves stamina or flexibility.

21 Forbidden Act Game Objective

22 Construction Game Objective The object in a construction game is to build, maintain, or manage objects. May be directly competitive or indirectly competitive. Games with a construction objective often make use of resource management or trading as a game element.

23 Construction Game Objective

24 Exploration Game Objective The object in a exploration game is to explore game areas – usually combined with a competitive objective. Sometimes multiple objectives such as exploration, puzzle solving, and combat intertwine to form multifaceted gameplay.

25 Exploration Game Objective

26 Solution Game Objective The object in a solution game is to solve a problem or puzzle before the competition.

27 Solution Game Objective

28 Outwit Game Objective The object in a game of wits is to gain and use knowledge in a way that defeats the other players. Sometimes extra-game knowledge comes into gameplay (Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit). This type of game may provoke interesting social dynamics.

29 Outwit Game Objective

30 Rhythm-game (Music Game) Objective Sometimes grouped with puzzle games because of the rhythmically generated puzzles. Player interacts with a musical song Player uses a special controller (i.e. guitar)


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