I’m new to the forums and recently got the game off Steam and loving my experience so far. Just wanted to offer some suggestions in improving the UI as I’ve found performing some tasks can get a little to repetitive. Apologies in advance if these have been already suggested and/or suggested.
First, I’ve found that mousing over the tool tip of a smaller ship wedged between two other larger ships can get a little difficult on the deployment screen:
Here we can see that I’ve been having trouble trying to see the tool tip for the smaller cruiser as sometimes I need to know the exact type and version of a ship.
Next is changing the way we select orders already been assigned, as I find clicking each individual order to adjust it (unless I missed something) and so forth can get a little bit repetitive:
Instead there would be red arrows (just placement art) on each order assigned so the user is able to jump between the orders with relative ease but I know this can be harder to design and code when coming to saving/deleting orders as well as assigning orders that are incompatible with each other. You could add a [Previous], [Next] button but I think with the real estate given it would be harder to implement without alternating each button for each specific order.
The next is just a minor issue during combat for the specific scenario ‘Gravity Well’ and the side bar displaying each ships health status. We can see below that the red background does clash with the status of the ship, making it hard to see what the current status of each ship is, especially when it is damaged. This could be just my brightness settings though.
Finally, just some extra feedback to the user during battle with the box showing the overall percentage of the fleet left in battle:
By adding this, we are able to see the amount of cruisers, frigates and fighters (depending if they are deployed) are left in battle compared to the overall that were deployed. This is especially helpful when people like to deploy dozens (if not hundreds) of ships and trying to keep track how many they’ve lost is much harder when relying on the one percentage for the overall fleet. This would also probably mean slightly adjusting font sizes and so on.
Anyway, just wanted to put a few things out there and again, I am loving this game