If there’s one video game genre that is challenging and difficult to explain in a nutshell, it is action-adventure. This genre is deep and often merges with elements of other games, making it the most diverse genre. Two completely different genres fall into one category. Two common traits of this hybrid genre are:
- The problem-solving nature of the adventure games
- The reflex-testing gameplay of action titles.
Here are some valuable points to learn from previous action adventure games:
- Exciting Game Mechanics: Every designer knows that gameplay is the heart of Action Adventure games. These kinds of games last for many hours; you’ll want to keep players hooked from start to finish by giving them several ways to interact with the world. Introducing new play weapons, mechanics, and abilities that build upon those you have introduced previously will keep your players entertained and curious. The game that has challenging gameplay and combines shooting, exploration, and puzzles are perfect for this genre.
- Enemies That Don’t Get Old: Enemies are one of the most crucial elements of a game, particularly in action-adventure. We all must have played a game that became dull just because it kept casting the same bad guys our way. If you’re designing a game where players will have to face some form of enemies, then there needs to be variation, so that things don’t get dull and boring.
- A Compelling Story: There are acclaimed Action Adventure games that don’t highlight characters or deliver an enthralling story. However, the best Action Adventure titles charmed us at every step because we considered the main character and their goals. The heart of their story is conflict. The characters are engaging in conflict. Your player should be able to control a character who must overcome obstacles. Order those obstacles together sequentially and with increasing the difficulty to create a compelling story. These are basics that will keep your player engaged till the end.
- Fun Places To Explore: Good Action Adventure titles commonly allow players to explore various areas as part of an adventure. Nobody wants to run around the same forest for countless hours, adding caves, towns, mountains, etc. make the games more interesting. Great action-adventure games also need to ensure that these different places deliver something valuable both to proceeding the story and giving the utility to the player. This means that the level design also had to be on point.
Good action-adventure titles also provide a variety of objectives and side-quests to make the game even more engaging.
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