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LuckY
09-09-2004, 09:34 AM
So I finally decided to try my hand at a little game programming with DirectX. I began by creating a 2D game engine since it seems to be a good starting point.

Once I did that I needed an idea for my first game and my wife loves to play this matching game with mah-jong blocks, so that was my goal. It's a very simple game to play, but can be quite fun as well. Once I created the game I needed some way to package up all the resources (bitmaps, wavs, and mids) so distributing the game wouldn't require a directory full of files. So I developed something I call a Cram archive that you can cram all your resources into and they, in turn, can be loaded into your game from memory (nothing needs to be extracted before it's loaded).

So if you wouldn't mind taking a minute out of your day, give the game a try by downloading it here: http://www.geocities.com/lucky760/blocker.zip
DirectX 8.1 is required.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks.

abyssphobia
09-09-2004, 09:41 AM
Hey
That's amazing,
I just love this kind of games,
and the graphics are fabulous,
good job!!

chrismiceli
09-09-2004, 05:50 PM
Why are you allowed to click tiles that have tiles to the left AND of them, in mah-jong(spelling?), this is an illegal move. It threw me off when playing your game. Good game otherwise.

LuckY
09-09-2004, 09:53 PM
Abyssphobia: Thanks a lot. Very kind of you.

Chrismiceli: My wife didn't want all the restrictive rules of the actual game. She just wanted a simple matching game, so that's what I gave her. Thanks for the feedback.

itld
09-09-2004, 10:08 PM
Howdy,
Very Nice, even though I ened up a loser.

M.R.

Yoshi
09-13-2004, 02:33 AM
Great, I want to play Mahjongg now (the real deal) but I have no set... :(

Nice game by the way.

Felix
09-13-2004, 12:57 PM
I don't like Arcade(-like) games. If this is not one, please correct me and I'll download and play it.

ober
09-13-2004, 01:54 PM
Decent game... I downloaded it on my work computer, so the video card was crappy, and it ended up being a little "slow" to respond. But I'm sure it was just this video card.

Good job :)

sean
09-13-2004, 02:51 PM
I don't like Arcade(-like) games. If this is not one, please correct me and I'll download and play it.

First of all, can you not tell from the conversation what kind of game this is? And why didn't you just download it and see?

Jeremy G
09-14-2004, 12:23 AM
I actually downloaded and tried the game the first day this thread was posted, but I've been too busy to respond. The game is very excellent and well executed. Maybe it's just my eyes, but the cards are hard to see--well not so much too hard but they hurt to look at. I think it would be a great idea if you:
1) Outline every card (the white face area) with a solid black line [about 2px]
2) Change the white to a battered baige maybe.

Other then that, a very excellent publication, well done.

Felix
09-14-2004, 09:36 AM
First of all, can you not tell from the conversation what kind of game this is?
From only one sentence about a move in the game? Hell no.

Frobozz
09-14-2004, 09:44 AM
Sure you can tell.


Once I did that I needed an idea for my first game and my wife loves to play this matching game with mah-jong blocks, so that was my goal.

Since when is a matching game an arcade?

Felix
09-14-2004, 10:22 AM
Since when is a matching game an arcade?
Since when is everyone a native English speaker, aware that a matching game is not arcade, and/or has studied English for several more years then someone else?

Frobozz
09-14-2004, 10:31 AM
I was not aware that English was not your native language. The reason I was not aware is you don't seem to have grammar and spelling problems. In fact you spell better than some others on the board who do speak English natively.

LuckY
09-15-2004, 11:58 AM
First thanks a lot to everyone for all the great feedback. I do appreciate it.


I think it would be a great idea if you:
1) Outline every card (the white face area) with a solid black line [about 2px]
2) Change the white to a battered baige maybe.
Outlining the faces of the blocks has been suggested to me a couple of times now, but the reason I made them that way (and I still feel the same way) is that it makes looking at the pile of blocks a lot more confusing to the eyes and, thus, a level of difficulty. Either way, thanks for the suggestions; I'll keep them in mind.

Lastly, about it being an "Arcade" game... That really depends on what one means by that term. What is not an arcade game? In any case, it's not worth arguing over...

Thanks again for trying it out. (Btw, if you've only tried the fullscreen version, you can download again and try the windowed version if interested [just execute the included .bat which uses the command line option "-window"]).