”NOOR” is a casual physics puzzle game for mobile devices, taking inspiration from mini-golf .
The objective is to drag and shoot a star to reach a black hole.
Starting with a blank screen the player draws lines between set points on the screen for the star to bounce on in order the help it reach its destination.
Drawing and shooting forms lines across the screen – reminiscent to creating star signs on the night sky. The player creates their own levels to advance in the game.
Genre Casual puzzler
Engine Unity 2017
Team Size 4
Time 10 days
Game design / Level design / C# Scripting
With a short development cycle in mind, one of my design pillars was “a sum larger than its parts”. Both technically and artistically the game is minimalistic:
One of the primary challenges was to make the game feel dynamic without the time or resources for animation or VFX-work.
Modifying Unity components like the particle system for the level goal, and a trail renderer for the shooting star I wanted to give the levels a vivid expression.
The tail of star helped enhancing the readability of the game, showing the player the trajectory of the previous star.
Letting go of control was a big part of the level design. Not being too adamant in how the player should complete the level facilitated player freedom and creativity, sometimes players could complete levels with the use of only a single line (of a maximum of three available).
“Noor” is a very conscious attempt at designing for a specific audience. From prototype to finished product it was targeted towards a middle-aged group without a widespread interest in games. As a result, there is no audiovisual stress, no time limits or possibility to fail at the game – there is only the next shooting star.
A small, seemingly superficial, detail like the star’s tail helped immensely with targeting the game for the specific demographic.
By extending the lifetime and contrast of the trail renderer the star’s tail creates unique patterns driven by the game’s physics.
It's calming and pleasing to observe, especially when the star is caught by gravitational pulls in later levels.
Even a failed attempt at the level could potentially bring somehting of value to the player.