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Old 03-14-2014, 04:04 PM
Jakintosh Jakintosh is offline
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I totally agree with you BlindAlbino, you really need to have a strong core vision, and trust those responsible for these decisions to be making the right ones. When you start second guessing things you start to lose sight of what the original goal was. Our team actually ran into this on our last project, where we purposefully left out a common HUD element as a statement, but then users complained and we made compromises. In the end, we ended up feeling bad about caving on our vision, and players were still not satisfied.

In all design work, you should really be thinking about what the user wants to do on any screen, in addition to what they NEED to be able to do. In the case of your menu NAFNA, the most important thing is that they want to play the game, and that should be front and center in your UI. Looking at the two mockups you posted, I would say that the red hexagonal buttons are closer to the theme, but the art style is different than the background; perhaps give them a shading pass much like the pink buttons on the other mockup. Overall that main menu looks pretty solid, and I'm glad you're taking UI seriously: it can really make or break a game.

Anyway, can't wait to see how the game turns out!

-Jak
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:43 AM
NAFNA GAMES NAFNA GAMES is offline
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first i must thank all for some very useful and detailed responses ... yeah! lets make making games even better!

apparently we will opt for a mid term solution! sometimes the best way is the midlle way!



thanks all ... share your design decisions ... my opinion is nothing more than just my opinion, but than again ... two extra eyes (?!)
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:05 AM
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I think you are getting ahead of yourself, wasting time on such trivialities isn't important, any menu will work, as long as the user can understand it, if they can't, then fix it, why not use some words? 3 words and it doesn't matter what icon you use, and 100% of people will know exactly what you mean.
That would be, ~ 70-80%?
The earth doesn't speak english. Notably they don't speak english when they just finished a hard day at work and want to do something relaxing, like playing a game on their phone.

So, while I looked at your comment again because I thought it was such a great summary of my own thoughts on the matter of yellow vs pink vs round vs square buttons, using icons is... heck... it's kinda nice.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:11 AM
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hello Tea,
we are a 3 man indie (not even full time), we have limited capabilities, so the things we can do, we will try to do 120%!
A lot of the time i'm practically a one man time. Doing things 200% doesn't bring any good, as I learned the hard way.

On the latest screenshot, the row of 4 buttons should be a few pixels down, looks unbalanced.

I surely appreciate that you put love and care in your work!
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:49 AM
NAFNA GAMES NAFNA GAMES is offline
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TA gang,

this is so great, thanks all for participating! Asslay Gore is gona be, and i will publicly recognize it, an app designed with assistance of some/the TA forum community.

we have gone through 2 screens; a level ticket/button screen and the main menu!

what happens when a Asslay Gore player (view TA thread) runs out of lives?, makes to many mistakes? ... BBUUU .. game over (actually just this run)! and thats it? obviously not, the options should be these:
  • see score,
  • friends score,
  • replay,
  • win a gift for achievement,
  • share,
  • go home.

how do we design it? well i scribble all options i can think of, and then pass them over to P.Roca the designer/illustrator/animator.

lets see first my scribbles:



ja ja ja .... ( i almost feel embarrassed), now lets see what a pro can do:



and this is his first go.

what comments should i pass on? what do you guys think?

thanks a lot.

( p.s. a commentary on member Tea`s note: " just finished a hard day at work and want to do something relaxing, like playing a game on their phone"!
relaxing?
no thanks mate, i actually learned today the term "twitch games", or as we call it hard core casual ... im doing my best to make the Asslay Gore game play distractive, but nothing relaxing!)

Last edited by NAFNA GAMES; 03-19-2014 at 10:59 AM.. Reason: a few writing mistakes fixed ... i should write in spanish.
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