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July 24, 2014, 07:38:59 PM
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2013, 06:02:54 PM »

Your making some very good observations, I think ill try an overhaul.
Redo the stones(more saturated), go with the dark behind grid, change the hud, perhaps even go Pc game style (way bigger like the bejeweled and second tetris shot)

Is more than a color for the stones alright? like the red one is actually red & yellow, the green one green and cyan, by making the more saturated I guess it`d make it more visible
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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2013, 03:38:08 PM »

more than one colour is much better. similar to the hue shifting i was talking about.
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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2013, 09:36:52 PM »

Ok, So I havent redone the Hud yet, but i did move stuff around and make a bigger play room.
I also changed the stones, definitely more eye popping, although its slightly weird with the lighter background hues (like cyan).

hope it looks better...

For the layout I think ill keep it that way, change the sphere button by a wide rectangle one, with a transparent dark (like behind the stones) rectangle placed behind the texts.
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« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2013, 11:32:17 PM »

much better i think! very bright and colourful!
yes i think change the break button. i'd google (images) for "interface button" and see if you like anything there
it really does look good with the stones, background and all. great job!
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2013, 04:40:44 PM »

Ok, been a bit more busy, but managed to do some little modifications...
So I changed the button into a rectangle one and added dark rectangles behind the texts.

also gave them some simple colorful explosions! that doesnt show on the picture of course.
Do you think the green stones looks alright? should i change it to dark green & green, instead of cyan, i think it looks slightly weird.

does it look better?
also how should I go about reducing the number of columns.. shrink the whole thing? add more empty space? id like to go 6*8..
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2013, 04:58:20 PM »

i think that is all lookin good. the green looks like it has rim lighting where the others don't, so maybe a darker green shadow bottom right like the others would be good. i would darken the background behind the stones a little more.
animations make a game heaps more enjoyable so the more you can add in there the better.
i would shrink the whole window horizontally
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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2013, 07:02:53 PM »

Followed your tips, looking better indeed!
dark green, green stone, darker behind stones, shrinked the window I think it looks right.



Just like this, If I were to add a progression mode (levels, progress) Do you think a progrss bar would fit under the whole game grid (or even whole screen)? Or would one the size of the score rectangle (in width) be more fitting?

And putting the time over the game grid would be right too?

thanks again.
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2013, 10:08:16 PM »

its looking good! i'd experiment a little with the progress bar (maybe try it on the side of the window too). i always feel that if you focus on communicating (ie. where will the player be able to see it best) the design will take care of it's self. i would try avoid obscuring the game play area.
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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2013, 06:15:10 PM »

Ive been quite busy for a while, but finally had time to get back to this!

Well, it didnt change much,I changed how the score functions so the current break score box changed to become a bit bigger and filled up.

Ive also added a progress bar,the time display would likely be right under the Best score.
I worked a lot on perfecting the game, but thats not visible, in terms of gameplay its pretty much done.

Well, now im trying to make a background similar to the one ive been using (not mine).
Is your computer fixed? im curious what you had in mind as mockups.
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2013, 07:03:10 PM »

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im curious what you had in mind as mockups.
i had done one ages ago and i cannot find it atm. when i do i'll post it but i can assure you it is no better than what you have achieved here. you have done a great job. congratz
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« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2013, 07:53:05 PM »

this is one i did as a suggestion for a flat minimalist theme.

i made em glow and i think it's giving me retina burn. :-D
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« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2013, 06:34:29 AM »

oh god, better get back to work... vacation made me lazy  Roll Eyes
I would say yours look a lot more professional than mine, but I did come a long a way (and the display changed a lot) so I guess ill stick around with what I got.

Although, its(slightly) annoying how, no matter how much effort I put, it always feel like it`s (my art) not ''proper game'' material. I guess the bigger slap in the face is how simple yours looks, yet it looks so much more like the real deal.

well, I was really close to being done (always those last % that cause struggles) So I really hope to have an update or a playable version soon! thanks a lot your support and help really pushed me  Tongue
(id also welcome anyone else to join in  Beer!)
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« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2013, 06:20:46 PM »

looking forward to your updates mate.
i wouldn't worry about the polish at the moment, it will definitely improve the more you work at it.
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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2013, 06:30:35 PM »

the finishing is so annoying, much effort make little to no difference...
Well, I added time, the game main (oddly enough NEW) game mode is done.
5 mins to fill up the level bar, It goes back to 5 minutes after each levels and the next level score requirement is higher. (also more color appear)

Also, I changed the background by something make by me, although inspired by the previous one. In the level mode the background doesnt progressively change color, each level has a color (0-9) and it changes in an awesome explosive flashy transition... So flashy my gif recorder wont work on it  Sad

And theres a game over screen: The stat at the bottom cycles through all the bonus stats that are monitored.
Does it look fine? I kept the same style as in game..

Whats left is a Main menu (and sounds) I think ill make something really simple like Title and buttons like the continue & Break for the 2 game modes... Does feel like it would be bland but cant really think of anything.
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« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2013, 06:54:18 PM »

i think they are looking great joh. the colours in the first one really pop and changing colours for each level is a great idea. very intuitive.
just a couple of suggestions and really they are just suggestions;
i would maybe try another treatment on the text (in the first one) because the blue edges tend to make it bleed into the background.
i would also make the transparent boxes where the text and buttons are just a little darker (especially in the final score screen). it looks a little washed out.
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