5 Reasons for creating mood boards in game development

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This week we explain why creating mood boards in game development is an essential starting point when you’re beginning, or thinking about a new game project.

What is a Mood Board?

Simply put, a Mood Board is a collection of images that you find inspirational, aspirational and aesthetically pleasing all collated into 1 central document that you can refer back to throughout your game development.

To start, type your keywords or phrases into google images and cherry pick those images that you like the look of.

These can be any images that you like the colour of, like the shape of, or even pictures or scenes that evoke some kind of enhanced emotion or mood.

It could be the way the mist sits eerily over the grass tops, the shadows that a candle makes when it flickers, anything that you’d love to encapsulate in whatever type of game you’re building.

Of course, that all sounds super fancy, but should I even bother creating mood boards in game development for my “Snackable” or “Hyper Casual” game?

In short, yes! Regardless of the depth of game you’re building, your Mood Board acts as your reference point to keep you on track and ensures you do not steer too far away from the essence of your original idea.

At any stage you can look back at your Mood Board to ensure you haven’t lost your way from your initial inspiration and idea.

Your Mood Boards can take any form you like. It could be inspiration for level design, UI / UX concepts, the colours of platforms. The important part is to start collecting reference points so you can always revert back to.

You shouldn’t overthink this and gather everything and anything at this first stage, you can always discard some of the images later.

It’s all about creating that melting pot of inspiration.

5 Reasons for creating mood boards in game development

  1. Helps you to set the right tone to reflect the mood of your game.
  2. Puts all your ideas into a visual form & gives you something tangible to look at.
  3. Helps to visualise and potentially determine your games colour palette.
  4. You’ll never lose those inspiring images you find.
  5. Central point of reference for your games inspiration.

Example Mood Board ( Web Resolution Version )

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