New User Interface!
Nancy has started many of her cases at her desk, her center of operations, where you get to learn about how to play the game and where you first learn about the mystery. Now, with the release of Tomb of the Lost Queen, we are excited to announce a new UI! Check out the before and after shots between the UI in Alibi in Ashes, and the new UI comparison below.
Old Main Screen:
Here is Nancy's Center of operations. How many times have you heard her say that? To begin your game, you had to click on the plane ticket or clue to start your case. Your inventory is accessed by clicking on the brown bag at the far left bottom of your screen, which is next to the journal. Your task list (if you play Junior Level) is in between the journal and your cell phone. Nancy's words (when she's talking to herself or when sound effects are shown) are displayed in the center on the black background. The black background completely surrounds the game play screen. On the bottom right you can find the Options button, the Load game, Save game, and Exit button. Have you ever accidently hit quit before saving?
New Main Screen:
Here is the new main screen that you first arrive at! To show off a cool screenshot, we filled in the screen space, so that there is no black surrounding all sides except for the base where we introduce you to your options. It is more clear and simple to read and understand the game options since they are now in written form, rather than images you need to hover over.
Old Difficulty Screen:
Once you clicked on your ticket, or clue in Alibi in Ashes, you are presented with the option of game play level. The police badges display Junior or Senior level.
New Difficulty Screen:
In Tomb of the Lost Queen, once you click on "New Game" you are taken to the game difficulty options. You have a pair of magnifying glasses to choose from: Junior Level will now be "Amateur Sleuth", after all that is what Nancy calls herself often, and Senior Detective will now be "Master Sleuth." The differences are listed in the charts seen in the image above.
Old Options Menu:
Remember the options menu (clicking on the gear icon) in Alibi in Ashes?
New Options Screen:
We have made a new menu bar where you can find all the buttons you need! By clicking on the magnifying glass "Menu" at the bottom left of your screen, you can save, load, exit, get help, adjust your options, and return to the main menu. No more accidently hitting the "Exit" button!
This new wood grain tool bar at the base of your screen displays, of course, the magnifying glass Menu button, then your cell phone on the left. In the center is your quick and easy-to-access inventory, where you can slide back and forth to see everything you have collected. Above your inventory is a black bar where you can read sound effects and Nancy's words when she talks to herself. To the right on the tool bar is your journal and task list, which rolls upwards for a better view, and then tucks back into the tool bar when you are finished. The task list has a special feature: when you check off a task, the finished tasks gravitates to the bottom, making room for the remaining tasks you have yet to complete at the top.
How do you like the new user interface? Stay tuned for the release of Tomb of the Lost Queen to experience this new update yourself! Happy Sleuthing!