The background hurts a bit too look at, and you really shouldnt use gradient fills for the buttons.
But it doesnt look all that bad though, keep up the good work x)
DaVince This fool just HAD to have a custom rating
9th July, 2007 at 7:00:33 AM -
The background contrasts too much with the rest, take some colours that are very close to eachother to make up the background. Avoid gradients, they are "professional" (as in some people THINK they are professional, but they really just suck, especially when using the wrong colour combinations like red+green).
Less is more. Get rid of the boxes, and the background and just have words on a blank field. It will look much more professional (as in actually professional, not "professional".)
If you're mad keen on the boxes, make them one colour with maybe just an outline. Also, I'd use a more standard font, as ones such as that tend to look dated as soon as they are made because they are designed to look "futuristic".
No offense, but I don't like either. Depends how good the rest of the game looks/plays though.
I'd generally avoid really bright primary colours, gradients, and huge simple shapes. Kind of hurts the eyes. Same with the background for that matter - obviously tiled backgrounds are ugly. It's certainly not making me feel like I'm in an old spacestation either.
I don't think you should be using the same font everywhere. The way I see it, the four options all represent companies, and each should have its own unique logo. Think of the "Travelers Market" as the equivalent of Tescos, "Divine Robotics" as Ford, and "Shyle Spaceport" as American Airlines - those companies don't just use the same logo but in different colors do they? Think about how professionals design company logos - they don't just want something that looks cool - it has to "feel" right - I'm sure there's plenty of information online. I'd also do something about the planet(?). Have a few different ones if any at all, and make them look like planets (atmosphere, craters, land/sea etc) - download some planet photos if need be.
Personally, I'd be practicing my pixel art skills, and have an isometric scene of the spacestation. You'd be able to see your ship parked in the spaceport and you'd maybe have to walk your character to the different places (or you'd at least see him walk to the option you select). Maybe add a few NPCs you could talk to - they might give you tips, might further the storyline, or might just give background information about the universe in which the game is set, making the player feel more immersed.
This is obviously a *lot* more work, but provided the rest of the game is well presented, it will be worth it. Otherwise, I honestly think just a column of decent buttons (not the crappy system buttons) on a relativly plain, dark background will look *much* better. Go to flashbuttons.com or similar if you want some decent looking buttons without putting much effort in.
I think you should think some kinda color & graphic style that you use in every menu in the game. It makes the game look better. Like in that screenshot the buttons are different sizes & shapes, and all of them have different colour gradients.
Thanks guys, I will deffinitely take everything you've posted into consideration. Having said that, I am going to try and upload a few frames of my game so that you guys can see it actually animated, so that you'll have better perspective. Although it won't change a lot of the comments, I feel that it will cancel out some of them.
And I'd just like to restate that I am a horrible pixel artist, which is why I went with the box signs. Also, most of the gameplay (non-menu's) is made with stuff that is easy to draw (vector-ish). Hopefully I can pull people in with the gameplay/originality/story of it, instead of the graphics.
ok, a new screenshot will be coming tonight. It blows the socks off the old one. Also, the spacestation idea was scraped,and instead, it takes place on the actual planet of Shyle. I think you will like.
Looks a bit like a Back Packer game...
Am I right that you are somewhat skilled with PS or alike, even though you are not a pixel artist? Well, then you don't have to care about the pixels, just use some photo source material and PS it to something good.
I don't get the lamps though, they seem a bit out of place to me...
I actually may have to convert to the old screenshot. The reason being that my friend doing the graphics (the PS stuff) is very busy and it seems unlikely he's going to be able to create the graphics for all of the different planets.
In addition, as someone has said, the actual gameplay graphics are not PS, and as such it is almost jarring to switch from a menu screen to gameplay. Being that the whole game is mini-games, that is a damn large amount of graphics to be replacing.
I am unsure how to to proceed from here. Was the original screenshot, once I took out the gradients, that horrible? Can I get away with vector/minimalist graphics when I have the new title screens?
DaVince This fool just HAD to have a custom rating
4th August, 2007 at 7:00:18 PM -
Compare your menu layout to other (commercial) games, then decide which one fits best for your game. I myself would think that having a few options below eachother would be good, especially if you add a simple effect like a horizontal bar following what option you're picking.