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The Sins of Accelerometer Controls

Virtual Controls Usability

The game begins

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Chopper Defense HD is a new fast-paced shooting and avoidance game for iPad. It was created by me, Nikita Gazarov »»»

The Sins of Accelerometer Controls

This is a second post in a series on gameplay usability. We’ve covered dual stick controls already, future posts will be about situational awareness and helping players win. Subscribe to my RSS feed not to miss these posts.

Accelerometer controls are not a big favorite among iOS gamers. Let’s see how you can make your game better by examining one awesome and one less-than-awesome accelerometer-controlled game.

Virtual Controls Usability

This is the first post in a series on gameplay usability. Future posts will be about accelerometer controls, situational awareness and helping players win. Subscribe to my RSS feed not to miss these posts.

Virtual dual stick controls are a standard choice for top-down shooters in App Store. Left stick usually controls player character’s movement (speed vector), and right stick handles character’s shooting angle. Let’s examine the usability issues with this control scheme.

The game begins

Happy thanksgiving & black friday everyone! Chopper Defense HD is now available in the App Store, and it has even been downloaded several dozen times already. Making this game I’ve learned a lot in marketing, programming and game design and will be sharing my experience on this blog. Add our RSS feed to your news reader [...]