I find this screen very appealing for the fact that everything looks very compact. I don't know whay, but i like it, makes me feel I can dot thing fast if I want.
And it seems pretty cool that you can have many interactions with NPCs. I can't imagine myself recruiting the old man, but he has sprite nice enough too look like Gaspar from Chono Trigger...without the hat. Not the face though, lol
The entire game is very compact! It's one of the upsides of having a short time to make everything. I'd be surprised if there's more than 40 maps in the finished product. And you can have tons of interactions with the NPCs. The old man might actually surprise you. He's more useful than he looks at first!