A few weeks ago, while implementing power-ups in Monster Snack, we did a bit of brainstorming on the mechanics players could use to collect them.
We scribbled down quite a few and then made them fight each other… OK, maybe we just evaluated them. Although we ended up choosing one, it was a difficult decision. We needed a control that would not interfere with the basic one-tap mechanic used in Monster Snack’s core gameplay and would also allow players to collect the power-ups while coping with the frantic gameplay.
After the brainstorming session, what we were left with was a victor and a whiteboard full of controls that were solid, but couldn’t quite fit in Monster Snack. So, we decided to compile a list you can refer to if you’re out of ideas, or just want to jumpstart your own brainstorming sessions.
If touch-screen controls is what you want, we believe some of them will come in handy!
The list of controls now looking for a new home:
All mechanics relative to the power-up itself (i.e. Tap on the power-up)
- Tap on
- Swipe/Flick anywhere
- Swipe towards
- Two fingers’ tap on
- Swipe over (Fruit Ninja style!)
- Swipe (from vessel/main character towards)
- Hit/Zap (player actively hitting the power-up with the main control)
- Button (appears when the power-up comes into play and a single press releases a catcher!)
- Tap on the catcher (catcher constantly follows you around)
- Gestures anywhere
- Tap ‘n’ hold
- Two fingers’ swipe
- Tap combo (like a morse code or a number of taps on a button)
- Tilt (vessel motion)
- Swipe (vessel motion)
- Tap and drag power up
- Shake the device
- Tilt (moves vehicle, vehicle catches the item)
- Suck sound, detected by microphone
- Blow sound, detected by microphone
- Tap ‘n’ hold (magnetize)
- Double tap (vessel/main character)
- On Power-up Gestures (rhythmic taps)
- On Power-up Gestures (i.e. circle around)
- Tap ‘n’ hold (controlling vessel motion when power-up appears)
- Virtual d-pad (controlling vessel motion when power-up appears)
If you think that some of the controls listed here seem weird, you are not alone! Remember that this is a result of a brainstorming session, where everyone said anything that came to mind, unfiltered.
Of course, this list is also not inclusive; we’re sure we missed a few. You can always help us grow it using the comment section below!