Feedback, Insights, and more!

Feedback, Insights, and more!

Hello folks!

Last weekend was great! Demoed Boss Golf at BitSummit and received an awesome reception! It was excellent seeing people playing the game and their enjoyment! More importantly, I was also able to extract several insights by watching the way they play the game, and notice a handful of issues that needs fixing!

So I’ve begun work on getting to 0.6! Which will bring several quality of life improvements as well as a feature for hiring/firing employees! No more will you be stuck with the landscapers you start off with: you’ll be able to bring more!

And also a UI overhaul! Here’s a sneak peek of it!

superUI

Now the price for the tiles you’re laying will be displayed directly on the area you’re laying. And there’ll be no more need for “approving” it: The AI will begin work as soon as it’s laid (providing part of its job is landscaping!)

Clicking on the Tee when you haven’t placed it yet will shift to placement mode so you can go ahead and place it right away. Then the button for “Move” will appear to allow you to move it anywhere else. Oh and if you right click to cancel the move, it’ll snap back to the original position!

Also will be including more visual aids, specially regarding which hole you are currently playing. A brand new Guests panel that allows you to have an overview of who’s on your course at the moment, and what they are doing!

Some fixes in the AI department as well, specially regarding their shooting decisions, and expanding their behavior to have them skip ahead to the next hole if the current one is taking too long! Oh and add the tile angle to the calculations of pathfinding, to avoid the situations where the AI gets stuck at the foot of a massive hill!

And, of course, a panel for management of your staff! There you’ll be able to hire and fire employees, as well as find them in a quicker manner. Too many times people didn’t know where their landscapers were while building stuff around. Now you’ll have your own little big brother system!

So yeah, stay tuned for 0.6!

OH and I’m also super stoked that Destructoid has covered Boss Golf!¬†Woo!

Quickie: Prototyping the Stroke Maker

Quickie: Prototyping the Stroke Maker

Hey folks!

I’ve been hard at work this weekend on the new UI system and the new “stroke maker” feature.

Here you can see a nice screenshot of how it is all looking like right now:

shot-prototyping

I’ve also added more icons to replace the placeholder text, as you can see in the top menu. Added a couple new trees for decoration too, which you’ll be seeing more of in the screenshots coming up later.

I think I’ll be able to finish prototyping the stroke maker today, and finish integrating the new UI systems by tomorrow. Since it’s a three day weekend here in Japan, might be able to get the demo updated by monday!

That’s all for now, folks!

Dev Update #34: UI Overhaul Begins

Dev Update #34: UI Overhaul Begins

Hello folks!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I’ve been busy reworking the UI for Boss Golf in preparation for the next stage. Spent some of this weekend playing my favourite Tycoon games so I could have a good idea about what works and what doesn’t.

I wanna make it look cleaner, and also make it easy to access the things you wanna access. The previous division between “Play” and “Build” was great for prototyping purposes, but would feel a bit broken up in regular gameplay.

So I’m doing away with that, and adding all the main gameplay menu buttons on the top, with an info bar at the bottom giving you the remaining information, and a place for popups to appear as necessary.

Everything will be accessible from the menu on the top, which may spawn other navigation menus or even full on menus with buttons on them, as in the case below:

ui_improvements

When you click on Tiles, now you’ll have a handy panel showing you the available tiles, talking a bit about what they do, their cost, their effect etc. More organized information = great success!

I’ll do the same for the decoration panel, for the terrain editing tool etc.

Later I’ll add more floating panels for things you can click on the course, as well as for the impending NPCs.

Then it’ll be time to add some of the management gameplay, as well as a time progression so you feel like you’re going somewhere.

That’s all for today folks!

May your clubs never slice!