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Design & Style

Game Demo: Morey

Will Wright

Lesson time 09:48 min

Watch while Will shares his insights and perspectives with an aspiring game designer as they review her latest prototype and he gives her suggestions for areas of focus and iteration.

Will Wright
Teaches Game Design and Theory
Collaboration, prototyping, playtesting. The Sims creator Will Wright breaks down his process for designing games that unleash player creativity.


A lot of aspiring game designers come to me with ideas and their designs. And I'm very familiar with kind of looking at them with fresh eyes, and maybe giving them a different perspective on where they might go with it. So we've invited an aspiring game designer to come share a game she's currently working on. I'll be looking at her game, trying to get a sense of where she wants to go with it, and giving her feedback on it. [MUSIC PLAYING] - So "Morey" is a side scrolling puzzle platformer. - OK. - And the premise is that you play as this woman named Nina who has been stranded on this abandoned space colony. And she's trying to find the equipment she needs to get back home. - OK. - So the gameplay is definitely like a traditional Metroidvania game. - All right. - And the premise, a lot of the upgrades are you're changing around gravity. - Changing gravity? - Yes. So you can change it up, down, left, right. - So you're jumping, and the gravity allows you-- OK. Let's take a look at it. - Sure. We can take a look here. So as you can see, we've entered this giant room. And you can change gravity around. WILL WRIGHT: Oh, you're changing the angle of gravity. GAME DESIGNER: Yes Yeah. WILL WRIGHT: Oh. I see. OK. GAME DESIGNER: So if you fall too far, you can die. So that's kind of like the main thing. - Because the camera doesn't rotate. So you have to turn in your head. OK. - Right. - All right. - So at this point, she's just kind of-- - So you're actually pressing something on here to change gravity? And you can pick one of the four directions? - Yes. Exactly. - All right. I mean, right off the bat, looking at this game, it looks cooler to me now than when you first pitched it to me just a few seconds ago. You started by saying it's a side scrolling, da, da, da, da, da. Immediately in my head I think Mario. Whatever. It brings a lot of baggage. - Sure. - I think-- and I don't really care about the character's name. But if you say she's stranded on this ship, exploring it, but she gets altered gravity, all of a sudden that sounds kind of interesting, intriguing, something I've never heard. I think maybe just start with that and seeing it, and now it looks just so much cooler to me. - OK. - And I like the style a lot too. - Thank you. Yeah. So the idea is you are running around trying to find like scraps that you need. WILL WRIGHT: It's a bit dark. And that's part of the game mechanics is that you really need a light to kind of see things? GAME DESIGNER: Yes. WILL WRIGHT: OK. - So one of the mechanics, or one of the things you're upgrading is that eventually you'll find a light. You don't always start with it. - All right. - So there's like a lot of danger of just kind of wandering around in the darkness. - In the dark. OK. Yeah. - Mhm. - Now, I'm not hearing any sound. Is that just part of the g...

Explore the Possibility Space

Learn the art and science of game design with Will Wright, the mind behind SimCity and The Sims. In this game design class, Will teaches you how to create games that empower players and unleash their imagination. You’ll develop a tool set for understanding player psychology, as well as learn Will’s approach to generating and pitching ideas, prototyping, playtesting, and building a community.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Great start to what I hope will be a window into a new world

I've learned so much about game design and the amount of time and effort it takes to produce something so common in our day to day lives.

Very interesting. It gave me a lot of new ideas!

Wow! I had no interest in taking this but clicked on it because I thought it would be helpful for a project I'm working on. Utterly fascinating, not only did it help me with my project but also my day job. Even if you have no interest in games, this is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. To be honest, I'm just blown away.


Rob D.

This is great. I was far more interested in the game once Will had teased out the technical details and the work that had gone in so far on various aspects than I was at the start. I agree with another poster that it would have been fruitful to follow the development of this game from the very beginning, as this would have covered more of the topics covered so far like paper prototyping etc.

Stephen L.

I thought this was very informative, listening to the questions Will asked. How they both used language in their conversation would give me more confidence in this area.

Linda F.

I like it! Will, had me at the beginning of the lesson when he asked me to think about designing my first simple game. I have been developing that game ever-since.

Paolo G.

interesting fact is that we often tend to criticize. Will, instead, simply notices what is good and possible improvement areas. That is, actually, the best feedback possible,

Emmi K.

Interesting, that they chose such a long developed game as the first case example. She had already worked out all the mechanics and visual language, so there wasn't that much to comment for Will either. Based on the previous lessons, I would have expected to see first some early concept mock-ups of game design and then this lesson later.

Gregory H.

Is there a PDF for this lesson? It doesn't list one here, but at the end of the lesson, a "download PDF" screen pops up with a button that does not work for me. Thank you in advance.

Rich C.

Love the point: don't say it's a side scroller--say it's a game about gravity. Instead of trying to maybe reassure the person being pitched to, state the cool thing your game revolves around. You want to see that Spock eyebrow raise, or wide eyes in response, not someone rolling his eyes thinking oh no not another one.


Will Wright is a genius but this is a little painful to watch. He doesn’t make these types of games and it’s obvious he doesn’t play them either so you can tell he’s trying to bluff his way through the session

Abigail W.

Who is the aspiring game designer? Where can we follow her and her work? I want to play Morey!!!!

Shan K.

Hi Guys, (Will Wright offering pro game design tips to another game designer).