Nov 07, 2015
I really enjoyed this course. It was a lot of fun designing and redesigning a game, as well as getting to play other people's games. I enjoyed the lectures and found the peer reviews very helpful.
Dec 06, 2015
This course inspire me a lot. It is not easy, but with tons of fun. I spent a long time to think out the idea and make it and improve it. I did progress in gaming making as a fresh man. Thank you!
By Anamaria K•
Apr 17, 2017
The teacher is wonderful, the course is very fun and wonderfully structured - I would highly recommend it! It is in itself like a multiplayer game that I enjoyed playing! :) The peer-reviewed assignments were really allowing me to learn by doing and to gradually learn from my and others' mistakes. All together, it was great!
By Charlotte H•
Dec 14, 2018
Great content, perfect level for beginners with a wide scope that can apply to all sorts of games. The videos are fun, engaging and really worth watching.
By Ng C L•
Jan 03, 2019
It teaches very important basics, and has the information you need to help you get start on Game Design. Instructions are also very clear and simple for you to follow through, so even if you don't have a background knowledge, this will be a good starting point.
By sugam m•
Mar 19, 2019
Good start to understand the game mechanics. Thanks
By Махаури Х М•
Mar 27, 2019
I liked this course a lot. Thank you for letting me study the GameDesign!
By Wafa' B•
Jan 31, 2019
Great course by Mr. Fran and the team at CALARTS. Looking forward to complete this program!
By Christopher G•
Feb 12, 2019
You learn the basic concepts of game designing with interactive and funny week assessments, very useful and enjoyable!
By Juan C L R•
Apr 04, 2019
It is an excellent introduction to be a game designer
By Garrett R W•
Apr 08, 2019
I really feel like I gained a lot from this course. The concepts are simple when you think about it, but the point is that we don't often think about these foundations. I am really happy to have taken this course, and I think it set me up well for the rest of the specialization.
Mar 05, 2019
You can tell a lot of love was put into this course. Tons of fun. Really informative and entertaining videos!
By Non A•
Mar 08, 2019
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By Shanna S•
Feb 04, 2019
This was my first course on COURSERA and first course about game design. It has really opened my mind to many characteristics of game design. It a super helpful course if your starting in game design(which I am!). You'll have the opportunity to review others and be reviewed, which is very important! The feedback I got really helped me to go forward, and reviewing others gave me the opportunity to see many different designs and ways to build game mechanics. It's very great.
By Ankush S•
Sep 17, 2018
The entire course was a fun filled learning time spent making something on your own from scratch.
Some might find the reviews by other peers harsh on your grades, but trust me, without some useful comments and critics, you are not going to make a fun and successful game anyway.
By Kenny S F•
Oct 21, 2018
Recommended for beginner in game design
By Troy N•
Oct 11, 2018
Deceptively simple at first but becomes much more involved. Excellent through simplicity.
By Olga N B I•
Oct 03, 2018
that was a good experience of learning because the topics are explaining in a simple way, thank you for all. this course has been so funny :)
By Ran C•
Nov 12, 2018
啊啊啊啊啊太棒了。 so great. so jealous of you American students who have these super fun professor! :joy:
By Bao T•
Aug 06, 2018
Amazing for anyone who is starting out on the road to making a game
By Leo S•
Oct 01, 2018
Surprisingly fun, and once the idea training got rolling on the game and theme is became pretty engaging.
By Tiana D•
Sep 17, 2018
Great course, learnt a lot, especially from the assignments and peer feedback.
By Breanne C•
Sep 18, 2018
This course starts off a bit degrading with the puppets and such, which can make you feel like you're being talked down to like a child, but if you stick with it, the course actually pans out nicely and has some decent topics to cover. I genuinely enjoy the instructor and actually went out to get a couple copies of his Deep Dark Fears anthologies; Fran's attention to detail and imagination is a joy to experience.
I found that the peers performing the reviews of my assignments were a bit too focused on the hard and fast requirement of the assignments, rather than keeping their eyes on the figurative prize, that being the "fun" factor; rather than focusing on the level of enjoyability, which I view as paramount, I found time and time again that my peers were steadfastly grasping the submission's guidelines until they got proverbial white knuckles.
The fact that not only the game board, but also the pieces and rules all on one sheet of paper must all fit to one single-sided sheet of paper is a catch 22 here, as whenever I crammed it all into one sheet, I got negative feedback that (nomater how much brevity was exercised) it felt cramped, whereas when I provided supplemental materials to address said issue, I was docked points for going beyond one single-sided sheet of paper.
I find this incredibly frustrating and in direct spite of the fundamental point being conveyed throughout this course. I very much expected to see the assignment allow for more sheets of paper as we progressed, so I found this incredibly limiting, and served as a distraction from the points I was meant to explore.
By Ana R M B•
Aug 24, 2018
I found the course to be very well structured and interesting; it was very exciting to learn all the basics of game design. The teacher was very engaging and the homework, while basic enough for beginners, was challenging enough to keep things interesting. My only suggestion is, if possible, also have a teacher grading our projects and not just peers. As much as valuable and important peer feedback is, I think it doesn't replace an expert's evaluation.
By Denisse M L M•
Oct 05, 2017
Very good material, visually and content wise. It could have had more content to make it denser, but I guess it has enough to be an introduction course. What I enjoyed the most were the assignments. Having to think how to implement what the video lectures explained was a good challenge. But above all, receiving peer reviews to improve on the ideas, and also trying out the games of other peers is the best part of the learning experience, in my opinion.
By Andrey K•
Oct 23, 2015
Really loved this course as it goes through basics of game design in an engaging and funny way.