Gridlock - collection of grid-based board games
This manual page documents briefly the Gridlock
Gridlock is a collection of several grid-based strategy games. The games include
Ataxx, Reversi, Gomoku, Connect Four, Breakthrough, Glass Bead, Hexapawn, Quad
Wrangle, Cats and Dogs and Moray Eels.
After launching the application, the game window will appear. Select the game
you want to play from the "Game" popup menu in the upper right. Some
games have different starting configurations (board size, grid layout, etc);
when one of those games are selected a "Configurations" popup menu
will appear from which you can select a configuration.
The bottom right displays the color and status of the two players. Each player's
color is shown by a circle; the player whose turn it is has a filled circle.
For games in which players have a score (Ataxx, Eeversi, Glass Bead), the
scores are shown next to the player labels. Popup windows underneath each
player's label allow you to specify whether each player is human or
computer-controlled, and the difficulty of computer players. (Note that
"Hard" computer opponents may take a long time to make their moves).
The rest of the window contains the game board. To make a move, click on the
cell where you wish to place a piece. Ataxx and Breakthrough require that you
move from one cell to another; to do this first click on the cell you wish to
move from, then click on the cell you wish to move to. For all games, cells
that are legal moves will become highlighted when you move the mouse over
them. If you are unable to make a move, you can pass by clicking the
"Pass" button on the right. The "Restart" button will
restart the game, requiring confirmation if a game is in progress.
You can play these games over the network. It is possible to save and load
This manual page was written and updated by Gürkan Sengün
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be
used by others).