Level Designer

  • TruPlay Games
  • Remote
  • Oct 11, 2021
Full-time Design Engineering Information Technology

Job Description

We believe that what people play matters. TruPlay produces mobile games that resonate with our 4 Foundations of Fun, Beauty, Excellence, and God’s Truth. With God’s Blessing, we will continue to reach Millions around the world and produce a tremendous amount of economic value for everyone involved.

We are looking for a self-starting, creative and driven Level Designer to join our team and help create memorable gaming experiences for our players. The Level Designer will be partnered with Gameplay Designers to create compelling gameplay spaces for our Faith-based children’s titles. Working closely with the Design, Art and Engineering, you will be responsible for prototyping the gameplay environments, establishing the layouts, and suggesting ways of using the interactive and non-interactive elements to create the desired emotions. With a passion for prototyping and a keen eye for detail, the Game Designer will ensure that the games’ playspaces are architected for maximum challenge and fun while remaining age-appropriate, adhering to our 4 Foundations, and match or exceed the quality seen in the top interactive choices available on the app store...all while remaining on schedule and budget.

Requirements:

Must Haves:

  • Success designing and building digital game experiences used by children
  • Proven experience in rapid gameplay prototyping
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gameplay mechanics, level layouts and game pacing
  • Experience and willingness to work collaboratively with Creative Directors, Engineers, Artists and other Game and Level Designers
  • Comfort with iterative game development, informed by User Testing and Live Player Data
  • Knowledge and experience in working with Production to scope, schedule and deliver game levels in a timely manner
  • Familiarity with the Bible
  • Proficiency in game development tools and software (e.g. Unity, Unreal)

Responsibilities:

  • Design and layout of engaging gameplay levels including creating/placing geometry & assets, based on the vision of the Leads and Directors
  • Create level concepts, block them out in the engine’s level editor and ensure a playable prototype throughout production
  • Prototype, tweak and re-test gameplay levels and environments based on feedback from frequent User Testing sessions
  • Manage your levels through the full cycle of production from conception and prototyping to finalization
  • Work in collaboration with level artists and game designers to ensure the playability of the level, implementation of core mechanics, and graphic elements all support one another
  • Integrate necessary elements to supplement gameplay in your levels (e.g. new mechanics, sound, VFX, etc.)
  • Collaborate with art and design teams to ensure the consistency of your work
  • Maintain or exceed consistent level of productivity while meeting deadlines and producing high-quality work
  • Keep up on current interactive gaming offerings to ensure your levels meet or exceed the expectations of current consumers

Expected Results:

  • Delivering cutting-edge casual mobile Games that:
  • Convey God’s Truth through exceptional, creative story-telling and gameplay
  • Are engaging, surprising, age-appropriate and fun to play
  • Hit predetermined engagement metrics
  • Meet a consistent and exacting quality bar
  • Development, testing, feedback and iteration results in games which are inspirational, appealing and successful
  • Game levels which highlight and enhance core game mechanics, features and narrative to create a compelling gameplay experience for children
  • Live player data & analytics are analyzed to continually refine and improve gameplay

Professional Experience/Skills:

  • 2+ years of level design experience in mobile games aimed at a younger audience, with at least one shipped product
  • Experience in designing and prototyping gameplay levels
  • Ability to manage time and work effectively and efficiently to produce deliverables in a fast-paced, multi-project environment
  • Proficiency in game design tools and engines (e.g. Unity, Unreal, Sketchup)
  • Up-to-date with the latest game trends, techniques and technologies
  • Set an optimistic tone and promote communication and teamwork
  • Lead by example

Character:

  • For our Culture
  • High Commitment to TruPlay’s Purpose
  • Lives a life of integrity
  • Treats others as they would want to be treated
  • Coachable
  • For This Role
  • Able to apply messages of faith into meaningful gameplay
  • Passionate about educating children in fun ways

About Us:

Our Core team and content have been used by God to:

  • Reach Millions of people with our games across the world
  • See over 25,000 people coming to Christ with His Hand
  • Create new TruPlay game designs that have tested incredibly well
  • Move to our team from XBox, Nintendo, PlayStation, Sony, Disney, Apple
  • Contains contribution from 2 Apple Award winners and music from Enya and Hillsong

Our products stand on 4 Foundations:

  • Truth – Our games are woven with God’s Story
  • Fun – Our players should be delighted and excited
  • Excellence – Our games resonate with high-quality features, tech, and storytelling
  • Beauty – Our artwork and audio are spectacular