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Darkness Revealed Update 30 - A First Menu!

Hello, everyone! How's it going?

In the last update we showed some of our first tutorial screens to wrap the HUD side of our UI's design (at least for now). Today, we will still be talking about our UI, but this time more focused on our very first menus, which ended up setting the art direction for all the other menus to come. Let's check it out! 


Pause!

One of the things missing from our playable demo was a pause menu. Despite not being a hard screen to draw, it had to be done carefully as it would set the tone for all other screens to come. Our first attempt was minimalistic, but gave the player access to pretty much everything he needed when playing the game: options for changing video and audio settings; the diving guide as a shortcut to the tutorial and controls screen; and the Fragments of Time submenu, which shows the player's collection of secret memories.




Gotta Catch'em All!

Although Last Dive's story unfolds in a relatively linear way, the gameplay and space exploration are not that linear, and one of the elements that contribute to that is the group of secret collectibles that are present (but very well hidden) in every area of the game. Hence the need for a screen to track this information and give fast access to points of the map where you might have missed something. 




Getting the pause menu right was really important because most of the screens that came after were already very compatible with the game's art direction. This was the case with the collectibles' screen. It displayed the game's chapters in a vertical scroll and the major warp points for each chapter in a horizontal scroll. The coin icon shows if you have collected that section's collectible, and if not, you can easily fast travel to that part of the game by clicking on it.

To finish up this update, here's a glimpse of these menus in action!




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