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I made an (ios) arcade game that is rather unconventional, and as a result many people wont exactly know what to do or what the controls are when they first open it. As a results I have had to add a rectangular "Tutorial" button on my main menu screen so that when I hand it to people, or other people hand it to people (etc) its all ok. FYI: When the game first opens it does go to a tutorial, I just wanted it to be accessible for repeats if necessary

In the original build I designed all the buttons and had labels on them, however the artist inside of me says that doesn't look good, so I had a friend redesign them.

The new buttons are bi-colored and very minimalist (usually with the outline of a shape in them). We came up with simbols that work for "return", "play", and "leaderboard" that work... however we can not come up with one for "tutorial".

What would be a clear symbol that could be put on a "tutorial" button?

Here is a picture of the screen. That grey shape is meerly a placeholder. The button on the top right opens a "Credits" page. enter image description here

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have a level select? When you do you could disguise the tutorial as the first level. \$\endgroup\$ – Philipp Apr 25 '16 at 8:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why do you spell out STORE then? Why not just have a shopping cart? \$\endgroup\$ – jgallant Apr 25 '16 at 10:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ I needed to be able to acids the tutorial whenever even after the first play so I made the button. \$\endgroup\$ – J.Doe Apr 25 '16 at 14:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ And then for the store button, I don't really know I just think the stuff fits together nicely. \$\endgroup\$ – J.Doe Apr 25 '16 at 14:34
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The most common glyph/icon I've seen for a tutorial is a Question Mark (?), although of course this can also mean a more general 'help' area. Other icons I have seen are a book or a blackboard.

To give anything more specific than that, I'd have to know more about what sort of game it is, what other icons you're using.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've also seen a mortarboard being used. \$\endgroup\$ – Mike Harris Apr 25 '16 at 2:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Added a picture. Those are both good ideas that I will have to play with! \$\endgroup\$ – J.Doe Apr 25 '16 at 2:27
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There is a common image used for a tutorial. Use it.

enter image description here

(But not this one...this one I grabbed off of google at http://wiki.minetest.net/images/thumb/3/3b/Tutorial_logo.png/150px-Tutorial_logo.png)

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