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Design your game

The game design phase covers many areas and sets the groundwork for the rest of the game making process. Start by writing down all your ideas in the Game Design document.

Game design is part of the first step of indie game development

Game design
Define your game idea in more detail. The story, gameplay mechanics, fun factor, a list of assets to build, and a development schedule are just a few aspects to consider.

Creating concept art is part of indie game design

Concept art
Create concept art to visually establish and communicate the look and feel of your game, so 3D artists can build it and give it life.

Story development is a critical part of indie game making

Story development
Tell the story of your game. It might be simple or highly complex, but knowing your story will guide many other design decisions.

Design video

Design video

The Game Design Document contains things like the game’s story, concept art, gameplay mechanics, a list of assets to build, a development schedule, and a lot more. You also need to make concept art for your characters and environments so you know how you want things to look, and to share with your team.

Meet the game makers

Design game characters with Sketchbook

Drawing your ideas for a game is one of the most important steps to eventually having something playable. And Sketchbook is probably the easiest way to get started. If you’ve used a pencil, you can use Sketchbook.

Design tutorials