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Monday April 12, 2004
03:48 PM

The Worm Crawls

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My Worm game is now in a playable state. Ok, it's not Half-Life II (the physics engine isn't quite... eh... done yet), but the gameplay is actually pretty ok after a few days of implementing stories.

On the Lawn there are Walls obstructing the way of your Worm, and Worm Bots compete with you for the Prizes (the $ signs). Future stories include areas of SlowSand where the speed is reduced.

The Worm Bots roaming the Lawn are semi-clever when it comes to catching the Prizes, using an opportunistic approach of trying to turn towards a Prize when they pass next to it. But it works, and if there are three Bots on the Lawn with you, they might even collect more points than you.

I currently use Win32::Console for the display, so it's not very cross-platform. I tried installing Curses and found a PPM after some digging, but some (I think) important calls in the demo programs didn't work, so I don't think I can use it as-is for win32. Maybe if I create an OS abstraction layer someone could help me port the few calls needed?

I'm also thinking of a Tk UI to get it cross-platform, but I'm pretty Tk-illiterate. Is there a some kind of grid-widget that resembles how I treat a console? (i.e. write a char at x/y). Is there a way to get keyboard input? Or maybe I should take the opportunity to take a look at wxPerl.

Source and a freestanding .exe (no Perl required) here if you want to try it out:
http://www.DarSerMan.com/Perl/Worm/

Have fun!

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  • I presume this is GPL? In that case I will soon be borrowing your code to make it playable for my daughter :)
    • "Same as Perl". Whatever that means to you :)

      What do you intend to do with it?
      • as you may know my daughter can't use a keyboard or a mouse, because of her disability. Currently all she can do with her computer is using it as a communication device (using pVoice), and she uses it to listen to/read books (using pStory).
        I'm now working on pTetris (based upon Games::Tetris) to give her a game to play, and I think this game would be a welcome addition...