US 9,962,612 B2
Apparatus, method and computer readable storage medium for guiding game play via a show me button
Fareed Behmaram-Mosavat, Winchester, MA (US); Seth John Sivak, Cambridge, MA (US); and William Lazzaro, Somerville, MA (US)
Assigned to Zynga Inc., San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed by Zynga Inc., San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed on May 31, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/169,308.
Application 15/169,308 is a continuation of application No. 14/814,923, filed on Jul. 31, 2015, granted, now 9,387,406.
Application 14/814,923 is a continuation of application No. 13/601,507, filed on Aug. 31, 2012, granted, now 9,101,833, issued on Aug. 11, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/530,574, filed on Sep. 2, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2016/0271496 A1, Sep. 22, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A63F 9/24 (2006.01); A63F 13/00 (2014.01); G06F 17/00 (2006.01); G06F 19/00 (2018.01); A63F 13/5375 (2014.01); A63F 13/537 (2014.01); A63F 13/533 (2014.01); A63F 13/40 (2014.01); A63F 13/30 (2014.01); A63F 13/31 (2014.01); A63F 13/35 (2014.01)
CPC A63F 13/5375 (2014.09) [A63F 13/10 (2013.01); A63F 13/12 (2013.01); A63F 13/31 (2014.09); A63F 13/35 (2014.09); A63F 13/533 (2014.09); A63F 13/537 (2014.09); A63F 2300/305 (2013.01); A63F 2300/308 (2013.01); A63F 2300/5513 (2013.01); A63F 2300/807 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
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1. A system for processing an online game, comprising:
a server for hosting the online game, the server configured for,
outputting a game board for display on a user display device, the game board including a character, a plurality of regions and a plurality of objects disposed within the plurality of regions, wherein the character is movable within the plurality of regions and is capable of interacting with at least one of the plurality of objects;
receiving an input from the user display device, the received input corresponding to an action of the character in the game board;
presenting a task in the game board displayed in the user display device;
receiving a selection of the task in the server;
presenting a show-me control adjacent to the task in the game board displayed in the user display device;
receiving a selection of the show-me control in the server, the selection of the show-me control is configured to cause movement of a camera view of the game board to center to a location of an object related to the selected task, and the object related to the selected task is highlighted by a color to provide contrast to the object relative to other content presented on the game board and identified by an indicator that is animated and points toward the object related to the selected task; and
displaying a hint in at least one of the plurality of regions of the game board displayed in the user display device, the hint including an instruction how to accomplish at least a portion of the task.