Decide on a data set. This should be a unit you know a lot about that can be broken into many categories. Our sample game is on Animals. Then, choose and write your bin names.
Choose and write your tile names, checking off each bin in which the tiles could fit.
Check your work: Does every bin have at least 1 tile that fits? Does every tile fit into at least 2 bins so players have different ways to score?
Cut out the bins on pages 2 and 3 of the log.
Fold the bins on the lines, and staple or tape the sides.
Label the bins with their names and the number of points that right answers are worth. Harder bins should be worth more points!
Use scrap paper or index cards to create 16 tiles and label them. Number each tile on the back.
Play the game and start sorting!
TIPS TO HELP YOU BECOME A PRO GAME DESIGNER
Change any tiles or bins that make scoring points too easy or too hard so that people will want to play it over and over, If your game is not challenging enough or frustratingly difficult, people will only want to play it once.
It's good game design to make the hardest bins earn players the most points. If you do that, people playing your game will get a good score if they've really worked hard and earned it!
Test you game out before letting your friends try it. Pro game designers play their own games many times to make sure they're fun and accurate.
Download the Game Design Planning Log to make your own Sortify game.