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Old July 22, 2011, 20:33   #1
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Beta testers wanted

hi , please no raging~ if anyone want 2 help test and try my new educational typing action game,~ charmap,~ feel free 2 do so, ~http://www.mediafire.com/?8la5er5z2j1mgco


*charmap 0.5 is out as of 7/10/2011 , it should b much improved since 0.41a~



i show this on angband forum because this game take much inspiration from the brutality and feeling of angband, and also cos i dnt know where else 2 tell people if they wnt 2 test this,,

anyway if u want 2 giv me some feedback it would b much appreciated~

note:

this is a windows binary~ about 800kb ( :O ) download, sorry but no other platforms supported atm, its written in C++ and SDL using no win32 api directly so i can maybe compile u a version 4 ur system if ur desperate 2 play lol,, anyway plz enjoy ,ty

also note that this game is hard 4 a non advanced touch typist and made 2 b played using a qwerty keyboard,

install guide:

dl~
extract charmap archive 2 a folder
enjoy nn2qq


~!~! ty all for ur prolegit feedback~~~;

the link is now 2 version 0.5~~!~!

previous versions : (initial public release) 0.3, 0.4 , 0.41
if u want a copy of these versions i can givu for fg

changelist:

0.4

capitals , numbers and symbols giv u more points
custom background image and centre box image support
chars can b a little slower
new font: anonymous pro~ proname and it look like consolas~ its a free font so i chose 2 go 4 it instead i dnt want ms lawsuit
more colors for evilchars,
fixed hscore loading, nn2reload game

added zlib in the zip now so nn4 seperate dl of that if u heard me talking of that b4!!


0.41

color tweaks~ some things should b more readable
new highscores hopefully wont crash u now, rofl ~ sorry that i didnt notice that on last release
any character from any direction can now b destroyed as soon as they touch the center box, b4 the letter's top left corner had 2 b in b4 u could

0.41a

removed a comment b4 some line , hopefully it not crashing on highscores now, really!

~ rofl , sorry but this is a deep issue with charmap , it still isnt fixed properly sorry,

u may crash on new highscore still, if u dont ~ i reccomend restarting game anyway after a new highscore..

i will fix this asap

if u do crash on new highscore , im sorry, especially if it doesnt record it!, it should unless u get one and then another ina new game without restart the game


0.5

score / speed / rate of characters enhanced
now u get bombs as bonus 4 combo and also get bomb sometimes
new feature : tilde explosion ~~~~~~ , hit ~ at right time 4 best effect
many visual improvements
speed and stuff improvements
hopefully should not crash 4 real @ highscore anymore, i said i fixed this like everytime lol, still im not sure~
made it easier 2 read chars by spreading where they spawn out a bit randomly
made the game tell u where chars last spawned with a box @ that side
made it print a string of wat chars u hav 2 type in the order that they spawned


if u havnt tried the other version this is best yet get into it~~~~~~~~~


ty!!

please enjoy!!
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Old July 23, 2011, 02:52   #2
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Bit of advice: don't use TinyURL or other URL shortening facilities. They have a history of being abused as a vector for malicious software, and in some cases worse things. If you must shorten a link, it's best to use HTML or BBCode, since those allow people to mouse over the link and see where it actually leads.

... Err, I hope I'm not infringing on moderator territory here? This just seemed like something I ought to point out.
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Old July 23, 2011, 06:24   #3
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ok i might post a direct link if anyone is really sus....ok nn4it anymore , see op 4 latest version
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Old July 23, 2011, 15:27   #4
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*** RAGE ***

OK, it's hard. I'm no typist, but even if I were I think it would still be hard, esp if it ever speeds up.
Too many uppercase and odd symbols showing up.
The color scheme and the flashing box both suck.
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Old July 23, 2011, 15:40   #5
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ty 4 feedback buzzkill, rofling~ its not meant 2 b ez and the symbols are there 2 help u learn 2 type the whole keyboard fast,.. it still needs balancing, verymuch..

the color scheme is pretty basic i know , i was thinking of making there b a background img but idk~ wat would u prefer 2 wat it is now??
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I think this looks better (a simple gradient), but could probably be improved further. Changing the center square into a circle could help. Could probably do more with the letters too.

Also the scoring needs work. IMO, lowercase should be work less than uppercase which should be worse less than symbols. Consecutive hits could increase a multiplier, misses could half it. Sometimes lower/upper case are hard to distinguish, p and P, o an O look pretty much the same.
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ty so much for making that screenshot buzzkill,

if u didnt notice~ there is already a multiplier adding x1 for each hit and going back 2 x1 after a miss~ i like ur idea about uppercase and symbol worth more point, ill implement that soon and post a new version,

im not sure about circle in middle, and i think its pretty easy 2 distinguish once u get used 2 the font~ consolas,, if u can reccomend another one or prefer another ttf u hav, feel free 2 use it and just rename and replace it consola.ttf~ if its really prolegit tell me and i might make it a default

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Maybe a different color for uppercase, or make then glow or something.

Since all the letters all enter the square at the same 4 points, I was thinking the shape didn't matter much and a circle would have just been easier to blend in, no sharp corners. Thematically you could put anything in the center as long as those 4 points remain constant. A pit, a black hole, a space ship, a little Morgoth with little Angband monsters (tiles) always pushing the @ toward him.

Maybe put the background and center images in external files.
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k i will alllow bg image, and maybe ill fill centre with > and < 2 remind community of stairscum tactics lol jokes , but idk mayb i try something a bit more hightech looking, my friend complain 2 me that it epilepsy in middle, i think it kind of point but i see it is issue,, sometime 2morrow i hope 2 post new updated and improved version,,,,, if i get any suggestion that is prolegit b4then they may just make it into new ver!!!
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my friend complain 2 me that it epilepsy in middle
LOL. It immediately reminded me of the bad 1980's C64 hacker's splash screens.
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