Paramecium (Instructions)

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December 18th, 2007 11:55 am

Since Paramecium is a bit abstract, I hope this quick explanation can help you get into the swing of things:

The goal of the game is for one team to collect enough food vacuoles that they have 25 paramecia on their team. After collecting 6 vacuoles, a paramecium will split into 2 paramecia, and each of those will go on and collect food vacuoles and split, etc., until the team size reaches it’s goal.

The computer starts off with between 3 and 8 paramecia, where you start off with only one. This helps keep it challenging and interesting. Instead of just running around and collecting vacuoles, one has to make a strategy in order to replicate faster than the computer. For instance, if you eat an area to exhaustion, you may replicate lots, but those new paramecia won’t have much to eat… so you’re team won’t grow as quickly. You can also use this to your advantage if you follow the other team’s paramecia around… (although I’m in no way trying to promote paramecia competition… make paramecia love, not competition!)

The coloured markers at the top of the screen represent the score. The larger the marker (and more it turns), the more paramecia that team has. Once a team reaches 25 paramecia, a screen will come up to show which team has won (the coloured marker screen), and the game will reset with random parameters after a couple seconds.

… and to those who doubt it can be done, winning is tricky but not impossible: :)

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