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Alphabet Trader

by devinmoore - Competition Entry

Developed and tested extensively on Windows 7, should also work on Windows Vista and XP with provided libraries.

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devinmoore says ...
Dec 19, 2010 @ 11:31am

Note: zip comes with source.

devinmoore says ...
Dec 19, 2010 @ 12:15pm

time lapse:

Benjamin says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 2:49pm

I can't figure how buy letters. I tried to wait on the seller place, in front, above... etc.

Devenger says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 3:56pm

Likewise, I couldn't figure out how to buy letters. I'm testing on Vista, I'll give it a go on my Win7 netbook later.

ranklar says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:04pm

I liked the idea of the game, it was not very fun to play, since J and K did not move my character. In fact I could not find any key on my keyboard that would, or anything I did with the mouse. I am using Windows 7 which you said it was tested extensively... otherwise I might have given you the benefit of the doubt. I did give you points in community, even though you only posted a few times, for your reference to the original (and kickass) Tron! That movie was indeed inspirational and will always be a classic. Good attempt mate, just seems to have fallen short.

wizbane says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 2:46am

Controls don't seem to work consistently, I couldn't move to the right half the time. I couldn't figure out what to do besides draw red lines around.

Endurion says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 4:53am

Press T to trade when on a shopkeeper. Also, L is the key to move right, not K.
You have an interesting mechanic here, where you need to find ways to keep your cash and getting new letters.

It's however marred by a few control problems. You should put an info about the trade message somewhere. I read the source code to find how to trade. Also, I can't move sideways and jump. That would need a whole new control system.

Devenger says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 5:16pm

Interesting idea, but the interface and movement is just too clunky for it to be fun. Plus, I only had a vague idea what the letters did, and there was no way of checking what the letters you had were actually doing. I don't think ASCII graphics were the best choice for this game. Still, its innovative in its own way.

Benjamin says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 6:22pm

I like the idea, the control are difficult to handle, but the trade system is fun, ( when you know how to trade :) )

Hempuli says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:59pm

I think this game has a really nice original idea, but as some others have said, it wasn't very intriguing to play, partly due to the gameplay mechanic.

devinmoore says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 7:43pm

Thanks, i didn't mean to make the controls so vague, I will be extra aware of that next time.

devinmoore says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:35pm

Dang... i messed up the controls documentation! Actual controls: j left. l right. i jump. t trade. I should have double-checked that before submitting the game.

thristhart says ...
Dec 24, 2010 @ 5:52pm

A pretty solid game, having figured out the controls. Controls were definitely the worst part; fix them and I will enjoy this a lot more. Charming graphics considering their ascii nature.

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