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  1. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    I've been working on little game project called "Ace Maverick" for quite a while and finally come to what can be called the final stages of development.

    Along with polish I'm currently working on the graphic design of the GUI/Menus/Logo of the game.

    I have definitely stared way too much at it myself so some fresh spontaneous comments based on first impressions would be much appreciated :)

    Cheers

    Stefan

    Here is my Main Menu/ title screen as it stands today:

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  2. renman3000

    renman3000 Well-Known Member

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    It works,
    I might try a thicker font for your play btn, but its not necessary.
     
  3. Rogue

    Rogue Well-Known Member

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    I second that a thicker font would look better for the buttons (especially Play) :)
     
  4. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    Thicker fonts seem to be high on the list and it's noted, Cheers!

    It's an iOS/Mac titles so I've explored some designs using Helvetica for a cleaner iOS7/8 look... Although it might seems like it might work against general expectations which I guess is somewhat influenced by Hollywood movie poster design.

    If the explosions and guns are big..then maybe the fonts should also be.. :)
     
  5. Destined

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    I think it looks fine and clean.
     
  6. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! :)

    My aim is to make that it looks exciting... and communicates that there is an action packed high quality experience awaiting.

    In general...does it feel like I reached that goal?
     
  7. Destined

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    Looks like a racing game to me
     
  8. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    Not too far off then as it's suppose fast passed action... :)
     
  9. Blackharon

    Blackharon Well-Known Member

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    I love the little details. The hand written "Enjoy" made me chuckle.

    Beyond a thicker font, I see a disconnect between the top header (big, bold, loud, arcade) with the bottom footer (sleek, modern, thin). I'd also make that bottom orange line thicker.

    But, that's nitpicky. You could launch as is and have a solid menu.
     
  10. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    hehe... thanks, I'm glad you noticed it! :) I still have a sweet spot saved on the side of the chopper for a little creative outburst.

    Yes, you are right there is some imbalance between the Logo and the footer..let see what I can do about that. Cleaned up the fonts a little, here is fresh screen grab from my iPad:

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  11. TheGreatWhiteApe

    TheGreatWhiteApe Well-Known Member

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    Looks great

    Awesome screen, it's looking really good. I'd say stick to a font family, the fonts at the base don't match the font at the top, you could still use a much lighter weight of the top font and it would look a lot more consistent.

    Looks like a cool game, I'd love to see some more screen shots once you get going.

    Cheers

    Ben
     
  12. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    "Looks like a cool game", that's a good compliment, thanks! =D

    I will try reworking the top logo, maybe even expose it to some more graphic design so it's not just a font with gradient.

    The menu screen is staged in game..that's pretty much how it looks graphic wise.... the missile trails/explosion are doodled on top in photoshop...

    I look forward to posting some in game screens... the in game GUI is currently getting a makeover too.. :)

    Cheers
     
  13. sfjohansson

    sfjohansson Well-Known Member

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    Here is a slightly different version without the Lines framing the header and the footer, been fixing some "more game breaking issues" so I haven't had the luxury of getting lost in the font Jungle.. =O

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