I’m considering making some (more) changes to how the title and author header appears in ChoiceScript games.
When you open a game in ChoiceScript on our website or on Dashingdon, the title and author of the game is always visible at the top of the screen, like this:
But we don’t show that header in our apps (for iOS, Android, and Steam). On those platforms, we hide the header. (Except on Steam, where we just show the line of buttons.)
Below is an example of our iOS app and our Android app. We figured that showing the title and author on every page on a small screen would crowd out the text.
And here’s the Steam app, with no title/author in the header, but with the line of buttons.
Up until last month, we did show the title/author header in our Steam apps, all the time. But I removed it while I was working on improving our apps on Steam Deck.
The Steam Deck’s screen is only 3.7" tall, so I thought I’d remove the title and author header there, partly because the Steam Deck is kinda like a “mobile” device, but also because it felt weird to show the title and author on every screen in a Steam app, even on a full-size monitor. It made our Steam app feel “webby” to me.
However, we heard feedback here on the forum that folks liked seeing the title/author in Steam apps, so I went back to the drawing board. Here’s what I came up with.
No changes planned here.
In all of our apps, we’ll now show the title and author in the text of the game, on the first page. (This can be weird in games like Heroes Rise, below, where the first page itself includes the title and author.) When you go on to the next page, the title and author will no longer be directly visible.
Title and author in the text on the first page:
… but not on the second page
This screenshot shows the title and author on the menu screen.
Note that mobile apps don’t have an in-game “Menu” screen like Steam + web do. Thus, there’s no way to put the title and author on the Menu screen of iOS/Android apps.
- Our all-in-one omnibus apps have a “Settings” tab, outside any particular game. But you can always see the title and author for a game along the way to opening the game.
- Standalone iOS apps each have a Home screen, which is a menu.
- Standalone Android apps have a pop-up menu, like this:
- Added a mini-title above the buttons, always visible, so you can orient yourself if you just opened the page/tab
- Title and author in the text, on the first page (like the other apps)
- Also include title and author on Menu screen (like Steam apps)
Do these screenshots strike the right balance, including the title and author enough to be visible, but not so much as to be annoying?