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  • Game Design Challenge: Pool Party!

    - 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 set at a swimming pool.

    Assignment Details

    With summer arriving, pools everywhere are opening up to hot summer crowds. From city-run public pools to massive water parks, taking a dip with others to cool off from the heat is a summer tradition for many all over the world. But while a few games such as the recent Swim-Out have used swimming pools as a backdrop, it's not a setting you see developers use very often. Let's see if we can change that.

    For Game Career Guide's latest Game Design Challenge, your job is to design a game that takes place at a swimming pool.

    You can explore any gameplay genre you wish - just make sure that your game is set in or around a pool. Some sample ideas include a management sim where players run a water park, a platformer where your obstacles are other pool patrons and their floating toys, a QTE-based diving game where players attempt the perfect dive in an olympic-sized training pool, or even an open-world diving sim where you discover a portal to a fantastical underwater world at the bottom of your school's pool. Be creative, stay cool, and have fun!

    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: Pool Party!" 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, June 20.

    Results will be posted Tuesday, June 26.

    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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