Hey, how’s about we talk about gambling games in particular for a change? I’ve worked on a decent variety of video games, but one of the game types that I’ve worked on are gambling games. I wouldn’t say that they are the most creative things I have been asked to do, but at the same time, I wouldn’t say that they are absent of creativity. As more and more gambling apps enter the market, more and more designers are expected to give their app that edge that allows it to glide over all. There are a number of ways in which a designer may go about that. One way that I often see is that a designer tries to use a non-standard “setting” for the gambling app. So for instance, where a poker app would usually have you sitting down at a bog-standard poker table, perhaps instead the setting is old west, complete with the visual and audio aesthetic, or maybe even you might want to make a more out-of-this-world setting by putting it in space!
One of my favourite examples of a gambling game that utilizes its gimmicks well is Poker Night at the Inventory and its sequel. It’s a standard game of Texas Hold ‘Em by Telltale Games, but the gimmick is that they bring many a fan favorite character in. Across the two games, you’ve got the titular Sam & Max, Brock Sampson from The Venture Bros., GLaDOS from Portal, Ash from Evil Dead, the Heavy from Team Fortress 2, and other characters. This makes for great interactions between characters, allowing to see their personalities ebb and flow with one another.
Of course, there’s more to it than just setting or characters – gameplay can be a factor as well. While you shouldn’t stray too far away from the core game you’re designing, creating a gameplay gimmick for it could make it have that standout quality that you are looking for. If you can put an idea to good use in a gambling game, try it – it might make your game the next Candy Crush Saga!