Pushover

Pushover OS4 1
    Current version: 
    0.0.3
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    PUSHOVER AmigaOS4 port by HunoPPC 2012 French team Amiga
    ==========

    Pushover is a faithful reimplementation of the game with the same name published
    in 1992 by Ocean. It contains the original levels. The graphics and sound are
    very similar when compared with the original game.

    Andreas Roever roever()users.sf.net Project founder, main programming and
    disassembling
    Volker Grabsch vog()notjusthosting.com New text-based level format and code
    assorted bugfixes and patches
    Roberto Lorenz New music composition and arrangement
    Harald Radke harryrat()postnuklear.de New theme graphics
    Nouvel Hugues (HunoPPC) code/bonus/music and libHunoJoyWrapper

    New on AmigaOS4 version:
    * Add a new musics
    * Add function with joystick support (HunoJoyWrapperLib)
    * Add support for all language French, Czech, Spanish, Russian, Deutsch
    * Add icon PNG

    Gameplay
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    The task of the game is to rearrange the dominoes on the different platforms so
    that you can start a chainreaction that makes all dominoes topple over. You may
    rearrange all dominoes (except for one kind of domino) and place them wherever
    suitable (except in front of a door).

    You win the level, when:

    - all dominoes (except for the blocker) have toppled
    - no dominoes have crashed, they may fall off the screen though
    - the trigger domino fell last
    - and you reached the exit door within the time limit

    The dominoes:

    All in all there are 10 different types of dominoes:

    - Standard, completely yellow. There is nothing special with this stone, it
    falls when pushed.
    - Blocker, completely red. This domino can not fall over, so it is the only kind
    of stone that may still be standing when the level is solved. Dominoes falling
    against this stone will bounce back, if possible.
    - Tumbler, big red stripe. This domino will stand up again after falling and
    will continue to tumble until it hits an obstacle or rests on another stone.
    - Delay stone, diagonally divided. This domino will take some time until it
    falls, when it is pushed. Dominoes falling against this stone will bounce back
    and later this stone will fall.
    - Splitter, horizontally divided. This stone will split into 2 stones, one
    falling to the left and the other falling to the right. The splitter can't
    be pushed. It must be split by a stone falling onto it from above. A pile of
    rubbish falling into it also activates this domino.
    - Exploder, vertically divided. This stone will blast a gap into the platform it
    is standing on, when it is pushed. Neither the ant nor the pushing domino are
    harmed by that, the pushing domino will fall into the gap.
    - Bridger, 1 horizontal strip. The bridger will try to connect the edge it is
    standing on with the next edge, if it is close enough, if not it will simply
    fall into the gap.
    - Vanisher, 2 horizontal strips. The Vanisher will disappear as soon as it lies
    flat on the ground. This is the only stone you may place in front of doors.
    - Trigger, 3 horizontal strips. This stone will open the exit door, as soon as
    it lies completely flat and all other conditions are met (see above). This is
    the only stone that you may not move around.
    - Ascender, vertical strip. This stone will start to rise as soon as it is
    pushed. It will rise until is hits the ceiling, then it will start to flip
    into the direction it was initially pushed. When you fall into a gap while
    holding this stone it will also rise and stay at the ceiling until pushed.

    Controls

    The ant is controlled using the cursor keys and space. Use the space key to pick
    up the domino behind the ant or to place it down where you are currently
    standing. To push press first up to let the ant enter the row of dominoes. Then
    simultaniously press space and either left or right cursor key depending on
    whether you want to push the domino to your left or your right.

    Hints

    If you don't know where to start in a level, simply push a stone and observe
    what happens. This helps very often to get a general idea how to solve a level
    and where the problem is.

    If you forgot which domino has what kind of special property press F1 to get a
    short help. This window also displays a short hint, once the time of the level
    is out.

    The first few levels introduce you to the dominoes. Here you can explore how
    the different dominoes behave in different situations.

    Files
    -------

    Pushover places a few files on your hard-disc in everyday running. Those files
    will be placed in your home directory. This directory is in

    - My Documents\Pushover on Windows systems
    - ~/.pushover on Unix systems

    The following files are saved:

    - solved.txt: This file contains checksums of all the levels that you have
    successfully solved. In the level selection dialogue those levels contain a
    mark. If you loose this file those marks are gone.
    - *.rec: These files contain recordings of activities within a level. They are
    automatically created whenever you solve a level but you can also actively
    make a recording by pressing 'r' while you play a level. When you observe
    something strange while playing, make a recording and send it to me. Also when
    the game crashes a recording will be saved. You can delete these files
    whenever you want. You can distinguish the recordings by the prefix in their
    name. "Sol" stands for solved levels, "Man" for manually created recordings
    and "Err" for recordings made when the program crashed.

    Graphics
    ----------

    Right now Pushover uses scaled versions of the graphics of the original game.
    You are very much invited to improve those graphics. Please contact me if you
    are interested so that I can tell you what the state of affairs is. But I will
    tell here the basics

    I have already replaced the dominoes with new graphics, but the graphics for the
    ant and the background themes still need improvement.

    The backgrounds are made out of 20x13 tiles. Each tile has a size of 40x48
    pixel. The reason for that is the non square pixel of the 320x200 resolution of
    the original game. For each theme there is a PNG image file containing all the
    blocks that may be used by the levels. To make it possible to place the blocks
    more freely into the PNG file a LUA file accompanies the image. This LUA file
    contains the block positions of all the used blocks. Right now all the blocks
    are one below another so the LUA files contain ever increasing y positions and
    always the same x position.

    It is already implemented to use transparency within the blocks. All the
    existing levels use just one layer and thus need completely opaque tiles. But
    many of those tiles could be separated into a stack of different tiles. This
    then means the level need to be updated to actually use a stack of tiles instead
    of just one. Right now we are limited to 8 layers, but if necessary this can be
    made dynamic.

    It is also planned to have something like animated tiles, but they have to be
    kept at a low count. Not too many frames and not too many animations. They are
    not intended to make the background dynamic, but to rather be a little finishing
    touch to the graphics. Possibilities are trees that move from time to time in a
    breeze, a bird that sails through the sky from time to time....

    The ant is more complicated. The image ant.png contains all possible animation
    images for the ant, one animation below the other. I have an additional GIMP
    image that contains in separate layers possible surroundings of the ant in
    different animation frames (like ladders, steps, ground, a carried domino...). I
    will happily provide that image to the interested artist.

    Level Designers
    -----------------

    Pushover will eventually get a level editor, but right now it hasn't, please be
    patient.

    But here are already some rules that you have to adhere to if you want your
    levels included into the program

    - They need to be put under the GPL licence, or something compatible. Otherwise
    inclusion is legally not possible. Copyright stays with you, of course.
    - Please only contribute complete sets and no single levels. They don't need to
    be long, 10 levels is enough but this way you can keep up a constant scheme
    and
    theme logic of the levels.
    - You absolutely _must_ provide a recording of one possible solution to each
    level. That solution is not within the distribution, just within the source
    code repository. It is used to ensure that the solution of your level is still
    possible after we made changes to the program. This way we limit possible
    frustration.
    - Do only send non-compressed level sets. We need those for the inclusion in the
    source. And we need those for possible future updates.
    - Use the index file to reorder levels, don't rename the files. This way
    inserting a level becomes very easy.
    - You must not have more than one animated tile per level background.

    Credits
    ---------

    My thanks go to the original developers of the game. .....

    Status: 
    Done
    License: 
    Type: 
    Supported OS: 
    AmigaOS 4.x
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