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.
- --display [hostname:dpy]
- 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, specified 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
GtkBalls is a graphical program using the Gtk+ windowing toolkit. This section
describes it's user interface.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 this also. Please
note that you have to add your user to group games to be able to save high
scores. For instance this can be achieved by using the command
- Selecting this menu entry will quit GtkBalls. You may use
the keyboard shortcut CTRL-Q to do the same thing.
- Selecting this menu entry will undo your last move. You may
use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-U to do this also.
- 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 dialog box.
- Selecting this menu entry will display a dialog box
describing rules of the game. You may use the keyboard shortcut F1
to open it also.
- 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 License.
web site at: http://gtkballs.antex.ru
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
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.