annemarie.mahfouf at free.fr
Mon May 28 08:20:12 UTC 2012
On 05/28/2012 01:14 AM, freemind wrote:
First thank you for testing Pairs and writing your suggestions and
> Saw this blog post :
> http://www.proli.net/2012/05/25/pairs-is-finally-in-kde-edu/ - and
> thought of giving my feedback on the UI design.
> Some issues, for me at least, that i found were:
> *Players' panel should include the "join" panel, since they're
> *A delete icon with no text is confusing, specially if it means to
> quit the application.
Yes, I would click on it to stop the current game.
> *It's not intuitive to get back to the previous menu/screen when you
> press the Info button.
Yes, I had trouble finding out a click would get me out
> *There should be some kind of visual clue in the "game panel", that
> showed that the last row is a subgroup of the first row. Otherwise it
> appears that each icon is a different type of game.
I agree. We have the right pane full of icons and it's not that evident
the 6 firsts are for choosing the type of game while the rest are for
choosing the theme. There shoudl be a clearer separation between Types
of games and Themes.
> *The gameplay for multi-player seems nonsensical if it's meant to be
> played on the same computer/device. A better way to do it would be to
> let each player finish the entire game and then a chronometer would
> count the amount of time each player took and the one with lesser time
> would win.
When played in real life, a Memory game is played by kids one after
another, they discover 2 cards then if they match, discover 2 again. If
they do not match, the cards are turned back to be hidden. The aim is
for them to remember the cards they turn and the cards other kids turn.
> *Perhaps changing the background to something more colorful would be
> *There should be a way to pause the game while it's running.
> *The delete icon for the player should appear on mouse click instead
> of mouse hover, so it can work on touch devices as well.
For touch screens we got another report with suggested improvements.
There's a bug currently in Pairs as you can suppress the existing
player. Pairs should not allow to start playing without a player (the
game looks for the last name entered if there is no player but that's
not very intuitive)
> I understand that some things i pointed out are more technical bugs
> than actual UI design issues. But just in case i put them there.
> My suggestion is to change the game menu into a typical game menu.
> What i mean by typical is that at first we have the menu with options
> like Play, Scores, Get themes, About, etc. Each option, when clicked,
> would then show a new group of options (clearing the previous ones
> out, obviously). This leaves bigger space for the game icons for
> example, which is a good thing if we're on a touch device with a small
> I also made some mock-ups, let me know what you think...
We should conduct after 4.9 some usability tests with kids. Hopefully
the KDE Usability Team will get strong again and could help.
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