newbies and making them stick around...

Case number:699969-986344
Opened by:Nicky666
Opened on:Friday, June 26, 2009 - 19:34
Last modified:Monday, November 2, 2009 - 07:48

As far as I know, any newbie finishing the tutorial puzzles, gets an automatic link to the uppermost puzzle, instead of being directed to the puzzle menu.

There are two problems with that:

1. The uppermost puzzle has been a gallery puzzle for they get directed to a puzzle that doesn't DO anything when it comes to scoring.

2. There is no explanation on the whole scoring thing on real puzzles whatsoever. Maybe The last link after the tutorials should be an explanation to direct them to <15 puzzles, and then show them the real puzzle menu.

Just some suggestions...although I really think the first point should be addressed soon. The tutorial puzzles are good imo, but it doesn't prevent new puzzlers from being thrown into the deep end of the pool when they finally go for a real puzzle....directing them to a gallery puzzle makes it even deeper than it has to be :)

(Fri, 06/26/2009 - 19:34  |  6 comments)

Joined: 11/09/2008
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I translated the intro puzzles for the German Wiki and found it necessary to lead them in the right direction with an explanation what the gallery puzzle is intended for and then give guidance as to how to compete with the rest of us on the current puzzles.

Joined: 06/06/2009
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I completely agree that your first suggestion should be sorted soon. We'll try to get that fixed. As for explaining the scoring, we're working on that :p.

As I mentioned to Nicky666, we're trying to improve our existing explanations of the scoring. Thanks for pointing this out though. Helps show us where we should concentrate our efforts.

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

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As to 1: Gallery puzzles now need a checkbox to be shown, so that problem ought to be fixed.

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hopefully the beginner (<150) puzzles that we have up have addressed this problem... feel free to reopen this if you don't agree

Joined: 10/16/2009
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I'm working my way through the tutorials right now and the dialog box in the upper right corner saying "repeat guide" seriously annoys me - to the point that I am almost uninstalling. Why? Because it can't be removed, which is a very unconventional use of dialog boxes. If this option needs to be visible all the time, make it into a button instead of dialog.

Joined: 09/18/2009
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Hi, there are two more threads, wich admittedly don't belong to the problem mentioned above (Puzzles), but to the same overall issue (Newbies and making them stick around): (login problem) (login problem II)

So, some newbies can't even begin to play.

Plus, I want to repeat that there are still no hard-/software requirements or recommendments to find for playing this game.


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