My 10th run or so went really well, then I encountered a black hole ... and rage quitted. Gotta admit though that I am not a big fan of text-based games(yeah I read your whole post after playing).
Also how does armor work, it seems like every 5pts reduce damage by one point, wouldn't it be easier to just give one point of armor upgrade instead?
Armor stat represents the percentage of damage that is mitigated. When I added that mechanic to the game, I had the intent of adding different armor and weapon items that could be equipped by the player and by the space pirates. I ran out of time before I could add that so I just added +5 upgrades that could be found as you travel instead.
I tried to open it but I get an error saying it is not a valid win32 application. What does that mean?
I compiled this without thinking of turning the Windows XP compatibility option on in Visual Studio 2012. I have been using Windows 7 for a few years and tend to forget that a lot of people haven't jumped on that bandwagon. You must have the runtime components installed in order to run any program compiled with Visual Studio 2012 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679). I compiled an XP compatible version for you. I will have to dust off my old XP laptop in order to test it out, but here is a link anyway. Maybe you can confirm it works before I have to do that.
Galaxy Quest.zip 102.31KB 44 downloads