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I need your feedback!

rcarlson profile image Robert Carlson ・1 min read

I'm trying to keep my UI super simple, so its important that the icons used for the ships HUD are easy to understand. That being said, I need your feedback!

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Without me providing any context, can you figure out what is going on here with this new HUD element (highlighted with a green box)?

Before you start reading the comments, try to figure out what just happened and tell me in the comments below :) I'm also open to suggestions. This was actually added as a result of player feedback.

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It's the heat from the laser gun right ? Too much heat cause the spaceship to take damage and die eventually.
I have a little suggestion : maybe try to make the Red of the bar more lightly to issue a warning for the heat bar !
Here the example :
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i tried a bloom effect but it didn't really match the style of the game. I ended up settling on this.

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That's a good idea! and yup :) you nailed it! Thanks

 

My hunch is that it's a "power up," indicating the strength level of the laser (it increases in power the longer it's engaged). The horizontal bar in the middle is your "health" bar.

Sidenote, this would be a good usage of a Forem "spoiler" tag.

 

Interesting, I never would have thought of it looking like a power indicator, but I can see where you are coming from. The middle health bar you got correct!

As far as the new HUD element, a friend of mine recommended making the game harder by preventing the player from holding down the laser key. This new element is a temp indicator, if you hold it down too long your ship overheats and takes damage.

 

Where can i find documentation on this tag? I assume it hides/shows content we post?

 

Sorry, I meant to say "it would be nice for this to exist" and not "you should consider using this available feature."

I wrote up a request here: github.com/forem/forem/issues/9719

 

Perhaps you could use the same UI from shield (barrel with lines), but instead of green keep using your red progress bar, on the last segment you could turn flames sprites opacity around the UI to indicate the last stage of heat before explosion.
I don't know if this kind of old mercury thermometer are easily recognized, meanwhile this kind of UI shape is commonly used on hentai games for a different purpose.

 

lol, yeah i got that from a few people.

 
 

Nailed it! I think i might add a °C icon next to it to reduce the confusion, but i'm glad you were able to figure it out.

 
 

Still loving the ship explosion animation!