How to get your players started with a stellar tutorial

Your game is a bit more difficult to get into, but you still want to attract new players and make it as easy as possible to roll straight into the gameplay – what to do? A tutorial might help! 

Below, we will give you some tips on how to make your tutorial as clear and understandable as possible, so you can increase the duration of gameplay sessions and the likelihood of players coming back to play your game some more!

Keep it brief: Use easily understandable words in short sentences.

Nice and easy: Following up on the previous point: make sure not to fill the entire tutorial space with text, as this might scare off the players.

Use game elements: If you are explaining icons shown in the game, display them in your tutorial as well. This will show players what they are looking for and how they can use it.

Spread it out: If you need to explain multiple steps of the game, it might be good to let players start playing in between. Let them try step one, before moving on to the explanation of step two.

Animate it: Adding a small animation to show where players should click can be a helpful step in showing them how your game works.

Depending on your game genre and gameplay, some of these tips are of course more important than others. In any case, it is always a good idea to keep the perspective of the player in mind: if you would not already have seen the gameplay, what might be unclear? Asking this question might help you make your game even more accessible to new players!

If you’re looking for more game design tips and perspectives, be sure to check out this post!

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