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  • Game Design Challenge: Keep it Clean

    - Danny Cowan
  •'s Game Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way -- from the perspective of a game creator, producer, marketer, businessperson, and so forth.

    Every month, we'll present you with a challenge about developing video games. You'll have two weeks to brainstorm a brilliant solution (see below for how to submit your answers). After the two week submission period elapses, the best answers and the names of those who submitted them will be posted.

    The Challenge

    Design a game based around cleaning.

    Assignment Details

    While cleanup is not typically considered a compelling gameplay mechanic, there are a surprising number of games that take their inspiration from the simple act of keeping clean. From the dental hygiene action of Tooth Invaders to the recent Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015, the concept is surprisingly ripe for the picking.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game based around cleaning.

    Looking for inspiration? Some ideas for submissions include a simulation game where you work your way up through the dog grooming industry, a touchscreen-enabled game where you must delicately brush dirt off of ancient artifacts, or even an RTS where opponents fling trash bags at one other, and the only way to survive is to clean up as fast as possible. You can tackle any genre you wish for this one, so use your imagination, and keep it clean!

    To Submit

    Work on your ideas, figure out your strategy for coming up with a solution, and ask questions on the forums. When your submission is complete, send it to [email protected] with the subject line "Game Design Challenge: Keep it Clean." Please type your answer directly in the email body -- do not submit .pdf or Word documents.

    Submissions should be no more than 500 words and may contain up to three images. Be sure to include your full name and school affiliation or job title.

    Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, December 16.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, December 22.

    Disclaimer: is not responsible for similarities between the content submitted to the Game Design Challenge and any existing or future products or intellectual property.


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