Not sure what the next boss in your video game should be like? Try this simple game of dice and see if it helps you come up with a new idea!
Basically, all you need is one or two dice. For each question, roll the dice and use the feature that corresponds to the number that you rolled. Alternately, just pick whichever features and combinations sound fitting to you.
What does it resemble the most?
1 A human
2 A robot or golem
3 A geometric shape
4 A body part
5 An animal
6 A plant
(Trying rolling two dice at once to mix elements to together!)
How big is it?
1 Around the player’s size or smaller
2 Twice as big as the player
3 Three times as big as the player
4 Takes up the whole screen or bigger
5 Small, but multiple copies
6 Two screen-sized copies positioned at opposite sides of the arena
How does it move?
1 Never moves
2 Moves in a pattern
4 Hides, then emerges to attack
5 Chases the player
6 Runs from the player
(Roll this again if you want multiple movement patterns!)
1 Ramming into the player / collision damage
2 Shooting projectiles
3 Close-range attacks/weaponry
4 Summoning lesser enemies
5 Placing traps/ hazards
6 Forcing the player into a stage hazard
(Roll this again if you want multiple attack patterns!)
What is its weakness?
1 No main weakness, but most attacks damage it
2 Player’s main attack
3 One of the player’s secondary weapons/abilities
4 Something in the environment the player must use
5 Something in the environment the player must lure the boss into
6 Getting the boss to hurt itself with its own attacks
When attacked successfully, it…
1 Does nothing
2 Moves faster
3 Attempts to counterattack
4 Hides and emerges in a different spot
5 Becomes stunned for a few seconds
6 Spawns lesser enemies, projectiles or hazards
That’s about it. Hope that gave you a few ideas!