This is something absurdly simply that I didn't think I'd be running into as a problem.
So I'm making a 2D platformer, and I'm trying to figure out what a 1-up should look like.
The most common thought is to simply use the hero's head. However, my hero is wearing a full suit of armor, so a head is just going to be a helmet. And if you see a helmet laying around in a level, your first thought is that it is a helmet, and picking it up with give you a helmet, not a life.
Now realistically, no one's going to be confused for long. But I still want that instant recognition, you know?
The next best thing I can think of is to have an icon that simply says "1up," but I'm not too big of a fan of that idea. It's... cheap an unimaginative.
So, I'm trying to think of a few other good ideas. What's a good design I can use for an extra life?
My game is using a fantasy/castle/medieval theme, but generic icons work fine.
Edited by Marscaleb, 09 June 2014 - 04:25 PM.