Wow, I had to take some time out yesterday due to having to deal with UK government bureaucracy, and yee gods things change.
I am really liking the tooltip buttons, loking at costs is so much quicker, and I like that the activity buttons are also buttons.
this system would definitely work elsewhere in the game I think EG with reading current zone/map stats.
As regards tooltip placement, on the one hand I like the buttons so close together since its only necessary hit b after looking in order to buy something, and personally if the tooltips were elsewhere It'd be mildly annoying. On the other hand, this does mean twice as much hitting of b to find the thing you want when you want to buy a specific upgrade, which is taking a wee bit of getting used to.
A simple fix for this might be to change the labels on buttons to read "info for barn" instead of "barn tooltip"
that way you could hit b more quickly and would only need to listen to the start of each word. Indeed, I'd suggest doing this for sake of clarity anyway since novice screen reader users might not get what "tool tip" is and might think its buying tools for your trimps or something of the sort .
I also don't mind things like stats, bones, achievements etc being clickable, since those aren't things you need all the time, and cluttering up the with too many buttons would negate the point of having buttons in the first place.
In other news, I finally got to zone 41 the other day, got my million traps and have restarted. Yee gods I got a good perk, and now things are going really well, indeed had I not had to be elsewhere today I probably finished the wall in under two hours, oh well, there is always next time.
Some advice I would give to anyone attempting the size challenge, bail out early, since it becomes really hard to catch up later when you start with fewer trimps.
I am doing a run with no upgrades to see how far I can get, and because after the post zone 30 zones getting to be a struggle, I decided to give myself a break and gather some helium instead, plus the balance challenge looked a bit scary.
I think this will stand me in good stead in the future though, especially judging by current progress and how good one of my recent perks is.
I'm also trying out agility. At ;level 5 its pretty damn fast, which is good for looting, though less good for catching in game progress, we'll see how it works out later on.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)