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Lead Game Designer - Clumsy Ninja

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Employer NaturalMotion
Category Design
Salary £Competitive
Type Permanent
Location UK - South East
Reference V-0140-OX

What we want you for

At NaturalMotion we make free-to play mobile games that create new experiences, have jaw-dropping visuals and super-accessible gameplay. Clumsy Ninja is one example of the innovation we want to bring. To continue innovating at the highest level, we are looking for a Lead Game Designer in Oxford to join the Clumsy Ninja team.

You will be joining a team of crack designers, programmers and artists, who have recently launched their game and are now thinking about taking it to the next level. This core team brings with it a lot of talent, ideas and skills. You will be the person making sure the game design evolves and stays ahead of everyone else.

For a passionate game designer, this is an opportunity to shine – take a brand new game genre and innovate it further.


Your first year on the job

  • Within a few months after joining, the design team have made the game richer, deeper and ahead of its competition through the features, tweaks and fresh ideas.
  • By the end of month 3, one of your major ideas is about to be released as part of the game already.
  • After 6 months you have established yourself as a creative driving force which energizes the team with enthusiasm, ideas and strong designs. Your excellent communication has been a key in that.
  • Within your first year you worked with, lead and mentored the other designers and the team overall on strong and coherent game design.
  • You have innovated and improved from small details to game modes or even spin-off concepts or extensions into other media – nothing was off the table but you stayed closely aligned to the Product Lead who owns the vision for the game.
  • During all this, you have maintained a coherent, clear framework for the game design, have leveraged metrics and other feedback and been a contributor across the board.


What you bring to succeed

  • To be able to excel at this job, you already have a few shipped games under your belt and have great passion for creating amazing games.
  • You really understand F2P design and how to integrate fun and monetization.
  • Realistically, that means you have been around for a while and have led others before.
  • You are strong at game design, including free-to-play mechanics, pacing, mobile UX and more.
  • Importantly, you understand that we can only create outstanding games as a team and have the experience and energy to together turn visions into fully developed game mechanics.