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Blog
  18th May, 2019
Crikey, RSKGames has already sent his Player Thoughts..
Guess I'd better hurry up and get those last few tweaks in place..

@RSKGames


I have never played this game before so it was fresh and fun for me. After 2 defeats and some reading of the rules I got the hang of it and was able to beat the AI few times.


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Views 16, Upvotes 1
Player Thoughts , Mancala , Shoebox
Blog
  18th May, 2019
v0.9856 - Added the ancient boardgame Mancala.


Mancala is now in the Shoebox!

You can Play Mancala in the "One On One" section of the Shoebox.

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Views 56, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  18th May, 2019
Spent a couple of hours, late last night, trying to find the best rules to give AL when playing Mancala.

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Views 12, Upvotes 0
Daily Blog , Shoebox , Mancala
Blog
  17th May, 2019
Upgrading sprite drawing routines, and continuing to work on the game Mancala, which should be ready for release, shortly.


Mancala's coming along nicely, now. I think!!

All the Landing rules seem to be working, and the game-end stuff is also functional, but AL's still not very good at the game, so a little more work on AL is needed.

But, definitely getting there!
*phew*

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Views 20, Upvotes 0
Shoebox , Mancala
Blog
  17th May, 2019
The seeds (gems in this case) of Mancala are now managing to complete a full circle!

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Views 38, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Shoebox , Mancala
Blog
  16th May, 2019
I might need to do some extra work on the menus.

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Views 15, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Shoebox , Mancala
Blog
  15th May, 2019
v0.982 - Added a Reduced Motion option in the options screen.
I asked @CraigGrannell last night if the "swoopy" menus were a bit too much for his motion sickness issues, and he replied that it was..

For me, a bit, yeah.


I thought as much when I added those Tap Swoopy things, but it's good to get a little confirmation.

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Views 29, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Shoebox
Blog
  14th May, 2019
v0.98 - Added Crossword Golf, an AI score-based battle of words.


A simple crossword clone, with a slightly different scoring mechanism.

You can Play Crossword Golf in the Shoebox, next to the standard Crosswords game, in the Word games!

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Views 52, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  14th May, 2019

Alan Suggests..


While I'm thinking about it, one nice-to-have feature for Crossword Game would be ''shuffle my rack''.


Sure, ok, why not!

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Views 17, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Player Thoughts , Shoebox
Blog
  13th May, 2019
v0.973 - Added "Score My Words" in the Extras section.


Not really a game, but if I'm going to make this collection, you just know that this has to go in.

You can Find Score My Words in the Shoebox, in the Extras section.

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Views 87, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  13th May, 2019
v0.969 - Added an Option menu


I've sorted out RSKGames' menu scrolling issue.. .. I think.. But obviously will depend on many "browsers aren't exact" issues.
Be sure to let me know if it's ok for you.

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Views 69, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  13th May, 2019

RSKGames says..


The animation of the icons on transition from main menu to sub menu and back looks cool.
Except the board games sub menu in all other sub menus the first row icons are way over the top such that half the icon is hidden above.


Took me a while to figure out exactly what he meant, as the exact number of onscreen icons relies on all sorts of screen resolution gubbins..
.. But..



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Views 22, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Shoebox , Numbers
Blog
  12th May, 2019
v0.968 - Updates to Crossword.

A couple of tweaks to the engine before I move on into other Crossword based things.

1. I've finally got the "Score value bubble" looking a little more like a bubble, and showing up at the end of words instead of seemingly at random!

2. Tap to Play "should" now work, but is still a small threshold of "tap".
I might have to add the threshold into the option screen.. .. If I ever bother to make an option screen!!
Views 23, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  12th May, 2019
v0.962 - Updated the main menu, to include tabs along the bottom.
There are now tabs along the bottom of the menu, when you're selecting a game, to let you quickly switch between the various sections of the site.



The icons are reused as tabs, and are drawn with their bottoms chopped off, so they look better on the screen, and don't take up a giant chunk from the bottom of the menu.

For the most-part, I've tried to make this part of the code easily tweakable, so that in future I can add extra sections. However, it might get a bit cramped if I do that, so I'll probably have to come up with a better method, later.
.. nngh..

For now, though, it's a nice little set of tabs that help a teensy tiny amount.

You can Push the buttons and toggle the tabs, here, in the menu of the Shoebox.
Views 90, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  12th May, 2019
Yesterday seemed to escape from me.

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Views 43, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Allthestations
Blog
  11th May, 2019
I've shrunk the overall width of the menu buttons on Shoebox.
For now, this means there's a little more space in the menu, to fit more games onscreen at once.

Maybe later I'll try to add little tabs along the bottom, but .. for now.. SleepyJay is taking over!!

Be sure to let me know what you think of the slightly modified buttons.
Better, Worse or .. Kinda the same, Jay, you wasted hours doing naff all!!
Views 32, Upvotes 1
Shoebox
Blog
  11th May, 2019
I'm still not sure on the best layout for the frontend of the Shoebox.
I do like the circular bubbly thing, but there seems to already be way too much scrolling with only 5 games in a section.
Give me a year of working with this framework, and there'll be a lot more than 5! (Hopefully!)

So, the frontend definitely needs a rethink, but I'm not really sure what kind of layout WOULD work for it all.

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Views 18, Upvotes 1
Daily Blog , Shoebox , Menus
Blog
  10th May, 2019
Record time for player feedback! Let's have a nosey.

You can Play Shuffled Tracks in the Extras section of the Shoebox.

RSKGames


Played ''Shuffled Tracks'' and was quite surprised to find such a polished game done in 2 days.


You'd be surprised..
... The game was almost ready to go, yesterday!!
Most of today's coding session was spent fixing up the generator to make the levels more difficult.

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Views 44, Upvotes 2
Player Thoughts , Shoebox
Blog
  10th May, 2019
v0.96 - Added Shuffled Tracks, a semi-clone of the old 8-bit Locomotion puzzle game.

A simple enough little sliding-block puzzle game, with a train!

You can Play Shuffled Tracks in the Extras Section of the Shoebox.

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Views 101, Upvotes 1
Shoebox , Release , All The Stations
Blog
  10th May, 2019
Yesterday, I opened up the Crossword Code to start work on the other reuses of the game, and sat staring at the screen for around about half an hour.

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Views 18, Upvotes 0
Daily Blog , Relaxing , Words
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