Mysterious Instructions (+ 3 screenshots)

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August 21st, 2011 4:51 pm

Congratulations!

You are the proud new traffic controller of this doomed city! Why anyone would be so insane as to WANT that position beats me, but you got it, and there is a giant wave coming in from the East. The situation is quite bleak, and it is up to you to prevent as many deaths as possible. This city has a high-tech system that lets you control the evacuation in great detail. When you begin, you will be brought to a screen that looks like this:

On the bottom of this screen, you can see the number of cars that you’ve rescued, and the number of cars that are still alive, but have not yet been rescued. To the right side of the screen, you can see a blue sliver, which is the progress of the wave – it kills any car that it touches. It will grow bigger as time goes on. In the middle of the screen, there are a lot of red-ish blocks. These represent buildings. If you click on one, it will turn green, and start allowing cars to exit from it:

Each car will take the shortest legal route that it can find to the exit. Because of this, cars will often try to take the same route, and it will cause gridlock. Now, in my experience, gridlock and deadly waves do not mix will, so, to combat gridlock, you have another control: You can make streets 1-way only by clicking on them:

1-way roads are marked by the little carrots. Cars will always obey these unless you block off their only exit, in which case, they will act eratically. A good goal is to try to keep all of the exits to the city full of cars at all time. This image also has buildings that are gray – gray buildings have been fully evacuated, or, at least, cannot be evacuated further (that is, all of their occupants drowned because of your ineptitude).

After all the citizens are either dead or safe, you will be evaluated. The following criteria are evaluated:

1. How many people you rescued.
2. How many people you did not rescue.
3. How many people were killed before they escaped a building.
4. How many people were killed while trying to leave the city.
5. How many buildings were completely evacuated.


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