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!
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.
By Ale C•
Sep 03, 2017
Very useful and very clear!
By Sebastian R•
Mar 07, 2018
I liked the course. It confirmed my knowledge and gave some nice perspective.
Jul 04, 2017
Instructor presents this course in a fun and interactive fashion - one of the best courses ive taken.
By Yee I•
Aug 22, 2016
It is a great start to understanding some of the basics of Game Design. And Fran's videos are always fun to watch.
By Joshua B•
Feb 05, 2017
I was surprised at how difficult at first people made their simple games for the first few weeks. It was cool to see some really creative games that inspired and helped me with my ideas as well. The teaching videos were great and immersive that I laughed out loud at sometimes. Like "don't touch that there's a bomb" and then just touching the bomb and the puppet exploding. (2 ways to explain something in a game)
I loved the course and look forward to the second course! Thank you CALARTS!!!!
By Yibin W•
Apr 06, 2017
I like the course. It is fun and interesting. I need to apply what we learnt to the game we designed.
May 10, 2017
Excellent course. Basic and interesting
中国谚语：『万丈高楼平地起』（As the Chinese words： every skyscraper is built from the ground）
Oct 03, 2016
I like this class very much, the teacher is very interesting, the video is also very lively,
Dec 05, 2017
Full of fun!
By Klaus D D d S•
Jul 27, 2017
By Ambrose J•
Nov 04, 2016
Great Teacher, Great Feedback.
By Sarah-Louise H•
Feb 07, 2017
Very good introductory course. Nice little assignments to complete. My peers were supportive and encouraging with their feedback. Would definitely recommend this course!
By David M•
May 14, 2018
Entertaining, brings one's creativity out.
By Gabriel V•
Sep 10, 2017
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 Tiana D•
Sep 17, 2018
Great course, learnt a lot, especially from the assignments and peer feedback.
By Kenny S F•
Oct 21, 2018
Recommended for beginner in game design
By Bao T•
Aug 06, 2018
Amazing for anyone who is starting out on the road to making a game
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 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 Leo S•
Oct 01, 2018
Surprisingly fun, and once the idea training got rolling on the game and theme is became pretty engaging.
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 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 Timothy N•
Jun 22, 2019
Although I do have a wee bit of experience in game design, I came into this course with an open mind, a clean-slate approach, and a willingness to learn and better myself. This course focuses on some of the fundamentals of game design, and does so in a very fun, very engaging way. You'll never feel like the assignments are "work" - instead, at the beginning of each Week, you'll be chomping at the bit to get to the assignment. All the assignments are really fun and you'll love getting peer-reviewed because your peers on this course are most likely going to be fellow game enthusiasts!