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by davidB - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This was my first participation to [Ludum Dare]

The Game

Goal : Become an AbbrevsMaster.

Find Abbreviation to clean the screen of its definition/translation and try to create a minimaliste view like "Google Search" and scoring.

Points : definition's length x number of occurences.

4 categories x 10 levels (each one have its own url).

Mainly tested on Chromium & Firefox

The Technologies


* Music: [Mr. Mealey's Mediocre Machine from Kevin MacLeod] (http://incompetech.com/)
* Font: Font-awesome, [weloveiconsfonts.com](http://weloveiconsfonts.com)
* Host: [github pages](http://pages.github.com/)
* Browser: Chrome / Chromium (better), Firefox, IE10 (no sound), Android 4 Chrome & Firefox (no sound, slow anim)
* Database: text file with content from [ChatSlang](http://www.chatslang.com/)
* CSS : bootwatch "Simplex" theme + custom

Dev time

* debug/test : Dartium, Chromium, Firefox (print ;-) )
* lang: [Dart stack](http://dartlang.org) (SDK, DartEditor, Dartium), HTML5, CSS3
* lib: simple_audio, web_ui, widget
* editors: DartEditor, jEdit, vim
* builder : Ant, Freemarker
* OS: Arch linux, zsh (oh-myzsh), mc, ...
* Draw: Inkscape
* SoundFx: generator (as3sfxr)[http://www.superflashbros.net/as3sfxr/]
* Kanban: [Trello](https://trello.com/board/ld26/517afacee4a0282247000a89)
* SCM: git + [github](https://github.com/davidB/ld48_minimalism/)
* Google + some articles

The LD Theme : minimalism

I make game with minimal gfx (triangle, cube,...), sound, ... daily (WIP Game). So I should do something different. I'm a fan of web design "minimalist" and "Google Search" page is a famous example. So start on a game with a visual like it.

And Abbreviation because, it's to write the minimal characteres ;-)

I hope you will enjoyed it, and you find some fun when you'll crunch abbrevs.


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alwaysinbeta says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:25pm

I really like this. Cool and original concept. Fun to play.

davidB says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:55pm

Thx (typo there is 4 categories)

davidB says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:26pm

I just check the game is playable on my android 4 tablet (Firefox & chrome). But animations aren't smooth (not optimized)

HuvaaKoodia says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:42pm

+It's minimalistic alright.

-I'm not sold on the idea, but at least it's quite original.

Per says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:15pm

I enjoyed the layout.

hypp says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 7:29am

Original idea. Too hard for me though!

May 1, 2013 @ 8:11am

I think the bot is cheating.

Tyro says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:12am

One of the most original ideas I've seen thus far. Kudos to ya'.

alts says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:17am

Very interesting idea. I'm pretty terrible at it, though. Made me feel like a cultural outlier.

davidB says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:19am

Thank you.

Bot100 can't loose, It follow the best path. But it can't play bonus (displayed randomly once or zero in first 3min).
The Boot100 is "a hare". ;-)

gre says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:01pm

I'm not good at this but this is funny! 5-star for the Humor :-) :-) :-D :-)

Super Hamster says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:14am

Interesting concept but I couldn't figure out alot of them. I am suprised you had so many different things though so good job on that. :D

LizEngland says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:28am

Hard, like a text adventure can be, but I love the idea. Reminds me of a redesign of a crossword puzzle or other riddle-like word games.

FREEZX says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:31am

Nice word game, cool overall design, really innovative.

davidwparker says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 12:54pm

Neat in concept, but it didn't have very many abbreviations/a lot were missing...
For example, WTF, LoL/lol/LOL weren't there. Also, sometimes things like :-) would work, but :) wouldn't.

davidB says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:14pm

abbreviations are randomly extracted from list if you run at (level 1 => 10% .... level 10 => 100%) x 2/3. Sometimes lol will be selected, sometimes not (eg: LoL League of Legends is in the gaming catagories).

Thanks for feedback

Uhfgood says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 5:39pm

Interesting concept, however I don't know half of these abbreviations

imagnity says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 6:05pm

So original! Every one should play this game. It's solid. Very good job!

runonthespot says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:19pm

Solid implementation.

ENDESGA says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 11:28pm

very nice :)

sudorossy says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:01pm

Seems like a fun idea, but I seem to suck at it quite a lot!

May 6, 2013 @ 2:03pm

NIce work. I can't win though.

galman says ...
May 9, 2013 @ 8:56am

Nice concept! I'm quite bad at this game :P

euwaku says ...
May 11, 2013 @ 7:44pm

Not sure I totally understand what is going on. Maybe a tutorial would be great!

zkenshin says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 12:30am

Didn't know nearly enough of them :P Interesting game. :)

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