The Duff Software about screen
July 5, 2011
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A speciality of the Duff Software games (I don’t think the label was ever used for anything else) was the about screen. It was accessed through the button in the top left corner of the window (under 32-bit Windows, that’s the small icon). It always looked like the one above: Icon, name of the game, the handles of the developers, Duff Software copyright notice, and three buttons labels Help, Preferences, and OK. The last one would simply close the screen.
This made a menu bar unnecessary. None of the original games have one, only their later Entertainment Pack instances. Obviously this type of interface was too non-standard for Microsoft. The only function not covered by the about screen, New Game, is usually handled by a button on the playing field, sometimes simply by clicking anywhere on the playing field.