Game 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, driven and results-focused Game Designer to join our team. If you're looking to make an impact, and the opportunity to work with a fun, collaborative team - we’d love to talk to you! The Game Designer will be focused on driving the design for one of our Faith-based children’s titles. Working directly with the Senior Creative Director(s) of the studio, you will be responsible for driving the implementation of all key game features, mechanics and narratives. With a passion for prototyping and a keen eye for detail, the Game Designer will ensure that the games’ moment-to-moment and long-term play mechanics are fun, engaging and age-appropriate, that they adhere 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 Have:

  • Success designing and building digital game experiences used by children

  • Proven experience in rapid gameplay prototyping

  • Demonstrated knowledge of gameplay mechanics and systems

  • Experience and willingness to work collaboratively with Creative Directors, Engineers and other Game and Level Designers

  • Ability to deconstruct and analyze mobile game competitors

  • Knowledge and experience in working with Production to scope, schedule and deliver specs and game features in a timely manner

  • Familiarity with the Bible

  • Proficiency in game development tools and software (e.g. Unity, Unreal)

Responsibilities:

  • Work directly Game Director(s) and Engineering to develop and fine-tune game balancing, pacing and feel

  • Translate written and verbal requirements into compelling and engaging specs and gameplay

  • Create new game mechanics and features and draft them into actionable specs

  • Work closely with User Testing Team to develop, communicate, test and iterate on gameplay mechanics and features

  • Understand models and tools to analyze game play and user behavior

  • Identify opportunities to continually refine and improve the player experience

  • Analyze and deconstruct competitor products for insights into improving our games

  • Partner with and mentor Level Designers to ensure a consistent experience which remains true to the vision for the product

  • Maintain or exceed consistent level of productivity while meeting deadlines and producing high-quality work

  • Keep up on current interactive gaming offerings to ensure the team meets or exceeds 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 mechanics, features and narrative all fit together in a simple and cohesive package to provide a compelling gameplay experience for children

  • Live player data & analytics are analyzed to continually refine and improve gameplay

 Professional Experience/Skills:

  • 4+ years of game design experience for mobile games and/or apps aimed at a younger audience

  • Experience in designing and prototyping various gameplay mechanics, features and systems

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex interaction concepts clearly and persuasively through design specs

  • 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 translate and communicate messages of faith through tangible gameplay mechanics & features
  • 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