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gtkballs - A simple logic game
This manual page documents GtkBalls. GtkBalls is a simple logic game.
The goal of this game is to make the highest score by matching a number
of balls of the same color in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line.
For further information on how to play this game refer to the rules
section in this manual page.
Specify what display GtkBalls should use. See X (1x) for more
information on the syntax of hostname and display.
The standard play area of GtkBalls is a 9x9 grid (it can be changed
through "Rules" option in ingame menu). When GtkBalls is first started
a number of balls are placed in a random manner on the grid. Balls are
in different colors (and/or shape). You may move balls on the grid by
selecting them and selecting an empty square on the grid as destination
for the ball you selected. Balls will only move if they are not blocked
by other balls. Each time you move a ball, unless you score some
points, new balls appear in a random manner on the grid. If the grid is
full then the game is lost. However this is bound to happen, your goal
is to make the highest score. In order to do this you must make lines
in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal way with balls of the same color.
By default a line must have at least five balls of the same color (it
can also be changed through "Rules" option in ingame menu). Making a
line of minimum amount of the balls, specifed in rules, will earn you
twice the points for your score. If you make lines over minimum amount
of the balls it will earn you even more points. In order to help you
decide which ball you are going to move, there is an indicator on top
of the grid that shows what colors the next balls that will appear on
the grid will be.
USING THE INTERFACE
GtkBalls is a graphical program using the Gtk+ windowing toolkit. This
section describes it’s user interface.
THE GAME MENU
New Selecting this menu entry will abandon the current game and
start a new one or start another game if you just finished one.
You may use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-N to do this also.
Rules Selecting this menu entry will open "Rules" dialog box, where
you can set board width and height, number of different objects
to appear on the board, number of objects that will appear on
the board after each turn and number of objects that must form
the line to eliminate it. You may use the keyboard shortcut
CTRL-R to do this also.
Save Selecting this menu entry will open "Save game" dialog box,
where you can save current game to play it later. You may use
the keyboard shortcut CTRL-S to do this also.
Load Selecting this menu entry will open "Load game" dialog box,
where you can load previously saved game. You may use the
keyboard shortcut CTRL-L to do this also.
Hall Of Fame
Selecting this menu entry will open a dialog box showing the
high scores. Only the ten best scores are shown. This dialog
also displays the name of the person who achieved a high score
and it’s date. You may use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-H to do
Quit Selecting this menu entry will quit GtkBalls. You may use the
keyboard shortcut CTRL-Q to do the same thing.
THE EDIT MENU
Undo Selecting this menu entry will undo your last move. You may use
the keyboard shortcut CTRL-U to do this also.
THE SETTINGS MENU
Selecting this menu entry will open the "Preferences" dialog
box. You may use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-P to open it also.
This dialog box allows you to set some options. Click on a check
box to activate or deactivate them. Click on the theme name to
select it. Then click on the Apply button to save your settings
or click on Ok button to save your settings and close this
dialog box. You can disable the showing of footprints, path of
the ball, color of the next balls indicator, animation of
disappearing of the ball and set time limit per move from this
THE HELP MENU
Rules Selecting this menu entry will display a dialog box describing
rules of the game. You may use the keyboard shortcut F1 to open
About Selecting this menu entry will display a dialog with the logo
and the copyright information of GtkBalls. You may use the
keyboard shortcut CTRL-A to open it also. For more details on
the license, click on the Show license button. This will open
another dialog box where you can read the GNU General Public
The GtkBalls web site at: http://gtkballs.antex.ru
GtkBalls was created by Eugene Morozov <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This manual
page was created by Christoph Thompson <email@example.com>.
Current maintainer of GtkBalls and this manual page is drF_ckoff
GtkBalls is copyright 1998, 1999 Eugene V. Morozov under the terms of
the GNU General Public License. GtkBalls is free software; you can
redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
version 2 of the license, or (at your option) any later version.