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Darkness Revealed Update 34 - Main Menu! (Part 2)

Hello, everyone! How's it going?

In our last update we started talking about our Main Menu and the interactive navigation we created for it. Today, we will show the last screens and how they affected the rest of the main menu. So let's get going!


Complimentary Screens

After creating the options screen, we switched over to some complimentary screens that were needed to complete the demo's full experience. We created the layout for the credits and the message that is displayed when the player reaches the demo's end. Creating this screens were also helpful because they work as a template to any other full text screens we need in the near future. 




File Selection

When we were done with most of the main menu, we moved on to what might be the most important screen, the file selection menu. It was very important for us to get this screen right. Files needed to be displayed in a clear way and we also wanted to show some completion information to incentive players to explore and find all hidden collectibles in the game.






The first version of it ended up being a bit too cluttered, and it wasn't focusing on the really important information. The delete button is a pretty decisive option, so it shouldn't be this accessible. Hitting delete would prompt a confirmation, but we were still afraid people would hit it by mistake. So it was moved to a more appropriate spot, cleaning things up a bit and giving space to the completion info.




The second version of the menu worked way better. The player immediately has a clear understanding of where he is in the game, as well as what he might have missed. Adjusting information in this screen was also important because we were able to fit more options and still clean our title screen a bit.

That's it for today! Hope you guys enjoyed this update. All of this is very much a work in progress and the main menu will most likely change for the final game. Got any suggestions on how we could improve it? We'd love to hear! We are always hanging out on Twitter and Facebook, so feel free to say hello. Or, if you want to receive these updates complete and before everyone else, sign up for our Golden Chest

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