Challenge: Achievement Unlocked – Fabulous Fails – Discover

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Achievement symbol with an achievement icon that looks like a x-mark in a circle.

When you create performances that really surprise and delight your players when they come through a game, you can help evoke a sense of accomplishment or even make the player laugh. Most of us have experienced playing games where we have unlocked some kind of achievement or trophy that evokes some of these emotions. This is exactly what we want you to consider when creating Game Center achievements for your apps or games – and now we challenge you to show the developer community your best, funniest, strangest and most wonderful achievements.

Start the challenge

For this challenge, we invite you to share or create an achievement that rewards people for not reaching the top. Maybe they failed in a spectacularly short period of time or ended up going out in a really fun way. Maybe they were a little too curious to press that button. Sometimes it can be just as much fun to fail as to win – and no matter where they have failed, it’s time to show how you reward them for it.

We welcome all achievements, new, old, existing or imaginary: Show an existing “failure” achievement from your app or game, or start your wordsmith and create a brand new one. You can share your best “failure” performance with the developer community on developer forums.

Best of all, we’ve made it easy for you to participate and dream of great achievements, even if you haven’t implemented Game Center yet, or you want to try something completely new: Just download the attached Game Center Achievement Template.

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Best practice for great performance

It’s a lot of fun to create unique and engaging achievements to connect people with your app or game. Below are a few of our recommendations when thinking about writing and designing results.

Be creative with a performance title, but straightforward with the description
While most people appreciate entertaining titles, they expect a performance description to indicate how to earn it. For example, if you Should you create a WWDC21 performance, you can type the following:

Title: Code Completionist
Description: Watched every WWDC21 Code-Along session.

Be concise
The Game Center Achievement Card limits your title and description to two lines each before shortening the text – brevity is the key to a great achievement.

Think inclusive
Follow the human interface guidelines regarding inclusivityy when creating performance. The best jokes, puns, and puns are the ones that are intuitive and friendly to anyone who can interact with your app or game, and that make players feel recognized and rewarded.

Add unique, high-quality images
People appreciate earning unique achievements that remind them of each achievement. When you create custom illustrations, you can help this achievement stand out from the others in your app or game and make it more recognizable to people who interact with it.

You can learn more about how to design great performance in Apple’s guidelines for human interfaces and in the WWDC20 “Design for Game Center” session.

Design for Game Center

Download the Achievement Unlocked Challenge material

Learn more about designing achievements

Read the terms and conditions of WWDC21 Challenges

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