Adding a Retro Video Game Manual to Wildwood

April 15, 2024

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I’m a huge fan of Tunic. Especially the in-game instruction manual.

While not nearly as complex as Andrew Shouldice’s version, I really wanted to have a go at adding my own game instruction manual into Wildwood.

Prior to the update, this was the “How to Play” screen:

The old “How to Play” menu design.

Wow. That’s a literal WALL of text. No one is gonna read that.

So, obviously, an interactive 3D model of a foldable game manual is the only solution to a problem like this! In all seriousness though, the new game manual does actually improve this experience in a few meaningful ways:

  • Provides visuals for easier understanding
  • Provides more information
  • Lends itself to world-building
  • Is nostalgic, and appreciated by some players
The new retro style Instruction Manual

Here’s a few close up detail shots, and a video. I added some halftone dot patterns to it to give it that printed look & feel when you zoom in close!

As of writing this, the update is currently In Review, but hopefully it gets approved soon and goes live! There’s still some tweaks I’d like to make, but I really just wanted to get it out there. I’m slowly coming around to doing smaller, more frequent updates to Wildwood, versus doing a giant one around Halloween. Last year was just too much for a single update. It’s so much more manageable when you break it down into smaller chunks. Keeps my mental health in check!

Update: It’s live!

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