MOHAWK: Riven: Please add a 'Prompt to Save' feature to the game.
|Reported by:||macca8||Owned by:||macca8|
Currently, whenever the player exits the game in progress for any reason (Quit, Return to Launcher, Load), any unsaved changes will be lost without warning. This puts the onus back on the player to remember to save before exiting the game. In my opinion, this is really poor form.
It doesn't happen in the original, so technically it could be argued that this is a bug in ScummVM. However, I'd prefer to consider it an essential feature not yet implemented.
Riven already boasts an impressively featured and robust save/load mechanism (far superior to the original). It makes sense to prompt the player to use it when it's most needed.
If the feature already exists or is pending, then that's great, but if not, here's the basic concept as I see it:
- monitoring of unsaved changes.
- an appropriate dialog to alert the player & initiate the save (if required).
- identify the player actions to activate the feature.
1. Unsaved changes.
A property (_saveChanges) should be established & initialised/set to false in these situations:
- starting a new game.
- loading a saved game.
- after completing a save.
This property is set to true by the first valid mouse, or keyboard navigation, event (something changes) that follows any of these situations. Supporting this with an appropriate conditional statement avoids unnecessary resets (for example, if !_saveChanges then set _saveChanges to true).
The dialog should contain a simple message & three buttons:
*Message: Save changes?
*Buttons (left to right):
- Cancel: return to game.
- Don't Save: continue player exit call.
- Save: open usual Save screen, then, if save completed: continue player exit call.
Cancelling in either the Save or Load screen should always return to the game.
This guarantees that the player can only exit a game without saving unsaved changes by clicking Don't Save, the desired result.
3. Trigger actions.
Dialog should only appear if _saveChanges is true.
If true, then any of these player initiated exit calls:
- Riven Options Menu (F5): Quit, Load.
- Global Main Menu (Ctrl-F5): Quit, Load, Return to Launcher.
- Keyboard: Cmd-Q (Quit on Mac OS X) & its equivalent on other platforms.
No doubt, implementing this feature is probably more complex than it appears here, but then, this isn't a trivial request, so I hope it's viewed favourably.
As an end user, I'd expect this as a standard feature for any game with save support, not just Riven. As such, there's an expectation of built-in protection against any predictable loss of unsaved changes.
It's taken many years and much effort to prepare Riven for official support. Please don't leave it vulnerable to what is basically an avoidable error.
Thanks for your consideration.
Change History (8)
comment:6 by , 2 years ago
|Component:||Engine: Mohawk → --Other--|
|Summary:||MOHAWK: Riven: Please add a 'Prompt to Save' feature to the game. → ScummVM: Please add a 'Prompt to Save' feature to games.|