Remember how you could play the first levels of that old-school, 8-bit platform game (which starred an Italian plumber) with your eyes closed? Have you noticed that you can't do the same thing on your touch device?
Touch devices has done much for gaming, but something's still missing: namely, the buttons. Sure, you can still see buttons, but they are only virtual, so you can't feel them anymore.
Sure, we humans have muscle memory, so it's possible to know exactly where the buttons are located, but it takes a lot of time and practice to learn the locations. But what if it would be possible to make the virtual buttons real again, so you could feel them under your finger tips?
This Instructable tries to remedy this touching matter by showing you how to add a transparent overlay to the touchscreen so in-game buttons can be both seen and felt. As usual, we'll be experimenting on our own game: Mad Skills Motocross 2.
Step 1: Preparation
You need the following things:
- a touch device with your favorite game installed on it (we've used Mad Skills Motocross 2, but the first one will work too!)
- a hole puncher (because it's hard to cut small circles using scissors)
- the cheapest clear screen protector you can find (the model doesn't matter)
- some patience
Step 2: Empty the hole puncher
Empty the hole puncher, You will regret skipping this step. Trust me. (Ever heard the expression about a "needle in a haystack"? It applies here too.)
Step 3: Punch out some circular thingies
If you hold the hole puncher upside down, you will easily see where to cut. Don't be too economical, though. The hole puncher may jam if you cut too close to the edge. One sheet should be enough for about five to ten devices anyway.
Punch out a pair of circles or so to use in the next step.