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please help beta test my new game "SliderZ"

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I'm nearing completion of my first game (woo!) and am looking to release it as shareware, but before I do I would like your help. Could you guys please download it (it's less then 500k) and give the beta version some play testing. I need to know how well it runs on other computers. Linky: Download Sliders (zipper executable windows setup program) It runs on Windows machines and is made using OpenGL only. There is currently no sound so there should be no real problems with compatability, only potential for older computers choking a little. (press the 'f' key to toggle FPS on/off) The game is simple to play, you have a grid of tiles of varying colours and one space. Move tiles into the space to match two coloured tiles together - these tiles then die and are replaced by two others. Here's the rub - each tile you move will cost you movement points. Each pair you match will gain you movement points. If you match one pair, then another, then another etc you create chains and the movement points/score you get increases with each match in the chain. The goal of the game is to get the special Lock and Key tiles next to each other to complete the level. Special tiles appear on later levels - match two of these tiles together to release the special ability they contain: shuffle - looks like two arrows circling two blocks. This will randomly shuffle the coloured tiles on the level. move bonus - looks like little feet. Matching these gives a large movement points bonus. bomb - looks like, well, a bomb. Match these and the surrounding tiles are destroyed and replaced. Only bombs can remove wall tiles. walls - looks like dry-wall tiles. Immovable and must be blown up to get beyond them. The beta version is lacking some functionality - you can't save high scores (or even get on the board), there are no options to speak of and no sound effects. Special effects for the bomb tiles are not in place yet, but they do work. The graphics need general spit and polish before final release, but other than that most things are in place. KNOWN BUGS: There is one serious bug where occasionally a tile becomes kind of a 'dud' and refuses to match to any other tiles. A cheat is still in place where pressing the 'l' key will advance one level, but you wouldn't use that, would you? Please let me know of any bugs or issues you find, or if you find it runs slowly on your setup. Also, if you have any suggestions, let me know. Either reply here, or mail me on Dave88@ntlworld.com Thanks for your help and support.

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If I press ''Escape'' during the game to go to the menu, the timer keeps running. When the game ends and I click ''main menu'', it crashes (likely since I''m already in the main menu).

Also, it was too hard.

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please, post a zip/rar file w/ the game itself. i don''t feel like installing any beta software i am most likely to delete in a few days anyway (max) on this already barely-workign windows 2k install. =\

only have installs for final versions, please. just my .02.

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joe-bob - thanks, missed that one. But too hard? It''s not supposed to be too easy, and the first few levels are a walk in the park. Or does your smiley denote that it was too easy? In which case, play beyond around level 5 and it''ll start to get harder.

shurcool - what''s the problem? It has an uninstall file with it which as alongside the program in the start menu, and it adds no registry keys at all. The installer is simply a convenient way of organising the files and avoiding people who always seem to cock-up with zipped game files.

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I believe your timer does not work correctly. It starts out with a minute and only takes ~10 seconds to finish. Impossible to complete level 1 like that.

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Yeah, that''s it, the timer is screwed. It seems to be about 4 game seconds per real second.

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Really? Oh crap, what the hell is wrong with that then?

I use getTickCount() to calculate the delta time, not the most accurate I know, but usually suffices for non-intensive apps like this one.

Edit:
Try it again now. Either use the link at the top and reinstall, or use this link to download a zip of just the exe:

Sliders EXE only in zip format

If this doesn't work, then something is screwy....

[edited by - damocles on July 8, 2003 4:41:58 PM]

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is it that hard to provide a .zip file w/ the data files in it too? =\ that way i just open it, and run the file... instead of installing, then running it, then uninstalling, etc.

ps. use winrar, it''s way better.

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Same thing, timer goes extremely fast.
I use GetTickCount in my apps as well, never had a problem with it.

Must be some other operation gone wrong.

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