PopCap’s hit strategy game Plants vs. Zombies accomplished a rare feat — it made casual audiences interested in playing a strategy game, a genre often reserved for only dedicated, hardcore players.
At GDC 2012 on Friday, Plants vs. Zombie creator George Fan explained why the game reached such a broad audience. The biggest reason, Fan argued, was its unobtrusive yet thorough tutorial.
“If the tutorial hadn’t been done well… then the other elements of the game wouldn’t have mattered in getting [someone like] my mom to play through,” he said.
To illustrate his point, Fan outlined 10 tips for making game tutorials more effective and more fun.