Posts Tagged ‘text based games’

TAWS Volume 6

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

TAWS Volume 6 is now available. If you are easily frustrated however, you may want to stay away, because it is designed as a Towlr game. This means that no instructions are given, and it is very difficult (though not impossible!) to solve. I’m sure you can figure it out though, with some persistence and lateral thinking.

You can grab the game here. Feel free to check out the rest of the TAWS series. Have fun!

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An Experiment

February 1, 2008 2 comments

This is what happened when I attempted to make a real-time shooter game with just text, and no special libraries. That’s the player and various enemies on screen, shooting +’s at each other. It works great on the Linux computer, but on a Windows computer, the command prompt scrolls up somewhat smoothly, thus ruining the screen updates. Imagine massive screen tearing. But hey, I made it in a day.  I think this type of system would still work for something a little bit slower paced, like a turn based grid strategy game or something.

At some point, I may replace the rendering code with ncurses, and use pdcurses to make it work on Windows. I plan to start working on full OpenGL games again soon, so maybe I’ll port it. We shall see.

TAWS Volume 4

January 24, 2008 Leave a comment

TAWS Volume 4, a network-enabled version of volume 3, is complete. The gameplay is largely the same as in volume 3, with most of the difference between the volumes being in the interface and the game setup. It’s basically the same, though. Go ahead and give it a shot, it’s waiting for you in the TAWS Series section.

Quick note: For those of you who tried running the Windows versions of the other TAWS volumes and were met with an annoying error, this issue has now been fixed.

Update: A new build of TAWS Volume 4 has been uploaded to fix some bugs like slow typing, server quitting when a client leaves, etc. If you downloaded TAWS Volume 4 before January 28, 2008, you have an old version.

Update 2: After more testing, the (I hope) final version of TAWS Volume 4 has been uploaded.  This version is an update to the server only, so if you have a client from before January 28, 2008, or a server from before the 29th, you need to download something.  It is now easier to use, and much more polished.

Have fun!

TAWS Volumes 1-3

January 16, 2008 Leave a comment

As you may have noticed, there is a new page for the TAWS Series under Games. That’s where you can read about the Text Adventure Without Swords games I have made so far. Feel free to give them a try, there are links to Windows executables as well as the source code for each on that page.

Each of the TAWS games have different gameplay mechanics, style, and progression, which I think was a good choice so that I didn’t go over any ground I had already covered, and the games were each fresh. Each of them was an attempt to create a game that had more replay value in measurable time than the working time that it took to actually create the game. I think TAWS Volume 3, coming in at approximately fifty-five minutes, achieves that game, if for no other reason than that a full game simply takes a good chunk of time to play; however, I think people will have no trouble playing it multiple times, taking the total replay time to far greater lengths than the development. I’ve learned what key elements in TAWS Volume 3 let players play it over and over again:

  • Strategy Elements: In any good game, the player is given various options to choose from, to determine his next move. TAWS Volume 3 includes such elements, but keeps the game fairly simple at the same time. This lets the player experiment and even change his strategy in the middle of a game if the need arises.
  • Multiplayer: It’s a multiplayer game, so whenever you play it with someone, the one who comes out defeated in one match will surely change their strategy somehow in an attempt to best the winner in the next one. Not only that, but you can always find a different combination of players to challenge one another.
  • Configuration: TAWS Volume 3 allows the players to configure various gameplay elements upon creation of a new game. Thus, the number of games that could be played, each different from the previous ones, still being an enjoyable experience, is very large.

In addition to being good practice and a great learning experience, I hope some people will enjoy playing these games too.