Game Designer

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August 31, 2021
Full Time
United States

**This position has been closed.**

Shiny Shoe is seeking a multi-talented, self-motivated Game Designer to join our team as we embark on the development of a new original title!

Candidates should have a thorough understanding of game design principles, be an adept problem solver, have a proactive and communicative personality, be self-managed, self-motivated, and enjoy learning new skills and technologies. This is a hands-on position for someone ready to design a lot of content: level layouts, items, abilities, AI behavior, and so on.


  • Able to communicate design goals clearly
  • Comfortable working in a high feedback team environment
  • Comfortable working with math-heavy systems
  • Attentive to how to maximize player fun and engagement
  • Legally able to work in the United States
  • In the San Francisco Bay Area or willing to relocate here


  • Collaborate with other designers to define game systems
  • Create a range of shippable game content, including level layouts, character abilities, and other core gameplay elements in a focused and timely manner
  • Collaborate with programmers to iterate on design tools
  • Provide continuous feedback with ideas for how to improve our games

Nice To Haves

  • Able to interpret and reason about gameplay analytics data
  • Experience in art or programming

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Working at Shiny Shoe

As a full-service studio offering design, code, art and audio services to a range of A-list clients, recruiting new talent with fresh insights is essential to Shiny Shoe’s continued success. Talented developers love working with our team because we balance making original games along with challenging consulting work for clients like Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Sony, Double Fine and Warner Brothers.

We work hard and value professionalism, but never forget that game development should always be satisfying and fun.

Polished is more than our tagline. It synthesizes our core philosophy, a commitment to refinement throughout the development process. From planning and budgeting through the labor-intensive tweaks that propel projects from good to great, Shiny Shoe builds games and apps so polished they shine.

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About Us

Founded in 2011, Shiny Shoe develops games for PC, console, and mobile. We strive to work on creative projects and on the types of games the team finds compelling. Trying to do things no one else has tried before is what gets us out of bed in the morning.

Our latest title Monster Train was awarded PC Gamer’s “Best Card Game of 2020” and was nominated for Strategy Game of the Year at DICE.

We are located in downtown San Francisco, CA. Our office is near BART, MUNI, bus lines, and Caltrain for easy access.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Our Latest Release

Monster Train is a strategic roguelike deck building game with a twist. Set on a train to hell, you’ll use tactical decision making to defend multiple vertical battlegrounds. With real time competitive multiplayer and endless replayability, Monster Train is always on time.

You can see our work on other titles like The Banner Saga Trilogy, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Game of Thrones, and more on our website.

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