For Goldfish, I mostly worked as only developer, with 1 artist and 1 game designer.
Match 3 game
Instead of being able to swap 2 elements and for matches, you draw a chain of connecting elements, based on shape or color. The level is completed when you reach a certain amount of points. Making long chains, increases your point bonus.
Optionally, you can try to collect coins and treasures from the levels. This is the monetization aspect, users can buy gold coins to unlock premium upgrades.
The aquarium and the shop
When you play the match 3 game, you can choose a fish as your active character. Each fish has different stats. These stats influence the rewards and the difficulty of solving a level.
The fish live in an aquarium. You can customize the aquarium, and the fish. You can buy decorations, accessories for your fish (hats, cloths, face attributes) and new fish.
The game saves data and you’re able to restore your session on other devices. This is achieved through AWS.
- Handling user profile and authentication: Cognito + Lambda
- Analytics: Lambda, API Gateway and EC2
Fish animations are achieved through Spine.