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April 2000 : Games Review

When Mine Sweeper just won't cut it...
by Michelle Stokes <[email protected]>

I've been taking a look at a few of the games that come bundled with KDE and have had a bit of fun with them.

I have to say, first of all, that I'm one for strategic and logic games, so these are the games that I have concentrated on.

KBlackBox is a logic problem that gives you a grid of 8 X 8, 10 X 10 or 12 X 12 squares and you choose to have between 4 and 8 balls hidden in the grid. By clicking on the green squares around the grid you fire a laser in a straight line. It continues in the straight line until it hits something, so you find out if you have hit a ball or not by the way the laser exits.

Sokoban is a strategy game where you are a warehouse keeper and have to put crystals into the holes in the shortest possible number of moves. The levels start off fairly easy and then progressively get harder.

Shisen-Sho is fairly similar to Mahjong, except that to match tiles, they must be exactly the same and have to be able to be connected by at most three connecting lines. The object is, of course, to remove all tiles.

These are the games I play most of all, but KDE also offers your usual assortment of card games, Smiletris (smiley faced tetris) and Asteroids as well as a few others.

If you're interested in trying these out for yourself, you'll need to install the KDE window manager and the kdegames port. Check out the following pages for more information:

Have fun.

- Shelly

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