The Art of Game Design: a Deck of Lenses 4+

Schell Games

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings
    • Free



Would you like to design world-class games? The Deck of Lenses is the ultimate game design creativity toolkit!

Companion to the acclaimed book The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, this convenient deck contains 113 unique "lens cards" each featuring key questions that will make your game great, and a magnificent color illustration to help you remember each principle. The lenses span every aspect of game design – story, game mechanics, technology, aesthetics, psychology, creativity, teamwork, playtesting, and even business issues.

Whether you are a novice or expert game designer, this deck of lenses will change the way you look at games.

What’s New

Version 2.13

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Fixed crash when using unsupported languages

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

MechaZebra ,

Great App

Just from reading the previous reviews, I can tell that the app developer is listening to what people are saying. Several things have been fixed, and you can now swipe between the cards freely, which feels nice, and makes the experience more fluid.
Beyond that, all the advice and questions are very helpful, and it's always good to gain a bit of perspective on a project. Some of the tips apply to more than just games, too!

Seishino ,

Tremendous game design tool

Previously having been an amazing physical card deck, the digital A Deck of Lenses is a great tool to hone, adjust, or modify any video or board game design. It's a phenomenal tool for those of us in the field. If you make games, or are learning about / teaching game making, I highly recommend this tool. (Review by a game designer with 13 years of professional experience)

SimplyGrammatical ,

Great information, archaic design.

The information this app provides (especially when paired with the book) is amazing. However, it desperately needs A) a search function and B) proper display support for iPhone 10. Also, the sound design makes me cry, and it’s far too easy to accidentally favorite lenses. C’mon, you can do better than that!

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