|This article contains information about creating levels in LittleBigPlanet.|
Tools, Functions and Controls
Understanding these concepts is easy, but applying each and every one of them into unique and original ideas can be more difficult.
Make sure there's not too many complicated things in one small area, or else the entire game will freeze and will lose all changes. The best thing to do is save every so often, so you don't lose everything or half the level.
You need a basic idea of what the world your level takes place in is like so that you can model your level after those ideas and so when you publish it sackthings will like the setting.
If the level's theme is a spooky mansion, use the Tools Bag to make the fog level go up and the lighting go dark. Then a background with the appropriate theme, such as The Wedding's, will add to most of the atmosphere. Utilizing the Background and Atmosphere tools in the tool bag correctly will make the feel of the level's theme even greater.
When music fitting to the theme of the level is played, players can have a feel for the theme even without the techniques mentioned above. Try to use music that will fit with your level, such as, if it's a fun type of level some fun music might do the trick.
In LBP2 / Vita you could make your own Music if you think that none of the Story Mode Music suits your Level World.
Enemies should all be to a standard or have a very large decoratied template to make the players more familiar to the level's world. The level could even have an antagonist, or boss that sends his/her minions to the player. In that case, the level should have the antagonist's insignia or logo on things that belong to him/her. For instance, a level based on The Collector should have lots of enemies from The Wilderness (Story) in it, as well as The Collector himself.
Well spelled and well worded dialogue will really seal the theme package. If the dialogue is short, exciting and relevant, players could even understand the world that the level is a part of. Some players skip all dialogue, so it is best to keep the meat of the level and it's best parts in the gameplay, not the dialogue.
Now you want your level's name to persuade other players to play your level but also fits the level's theme. Try something exciting! But make sure that players do not play a level about racing when it's titled "Mega fun paintball shooter!", for example. Keeping the theme in the name is important too.
The description is one of the most vital parts for your level. It makes people play your level before they even press the play online or on my/our own tab. Don't, and I mean, DON'T, put "If you heart my level I'll heart yours." on your description! You have to earn your hearts. Put something for example, like: "Want to have a brilliant adventure with your friends? Play this level and have an exciting pirate journey!" Keep the theme in this too.
The Level Badge
If you want your level to grab attention and garner plays, then you will need to make a level badge. This is the icon players will look at. Take some time to think of an icon that will sum up your level in a cool piece of art. Make sure it lines up properly! Once you finish, you are ready to publish!