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3.5.2.RagingRivers

RagingRiversisakayakinggameinwhichyoutrytonavigatethroughacourse

onariver(seeFigure3-14).Youaremeasuredbyhowlongittakesyouto

maneuverthroughthewhitewaterandobstaclesthatappearinyourpath.There

aremultiplegatesthatyouneedtopassthrough.You'llneedtopassthroughthe

greengatesfromtheupstreamsiteandtheredgatesfromthedownstreamsideof

thegate.Ifyoumissagate,yourtimeispenalized.Also,watchoutfortherocks

andthestream'sedgeifyoutouchthosetoomanytimes,you'lldestroyyourboat

andyourchances.

Figure3-14.RagingRivers



3.5.3.SpiderSolitaire

SpiderSolitaireisavariationofsolitaire,asingle-playercardgame(seeFigure

3-15).Theobjectistoclearallthecardsoffthetablebymakinganentirerow

fromkingtoaceofthesamesuit.Onceyoucompletearow,itisautomatically

cleared.Youcanmoveacardtoanycolumnthathasthenexthighestcard

showingforexample,thejackofheartscouldbeplacedonthequeenofspades



orthequeenofdiamonds(oranyqueen,infact).Tomoveacardorsetofcards,

usethetrackwheeltoplacethearrowovertherowthatcontainsthecardyou'd

liketomove.Selecttherowbyclickingthetrackwheel.Scrolltothedestination

rowandclickthetrackwheelagain,andthecardswillbemoved.Youcanonly

movegroupsofcardsofthesamesuit.Thegamestartswithtwodecksofcards.

Onceyourunoutofmoves,scrolltothecardsatthebottomrightofyourscreen

todealanextrarowofcards.

Figure3-15.SpiderSolitaire



3.5.4.Klondike

Klondikeisanotherversionofsolitaire(seeFigure3-16).Therulesarethesame

astheversionofsolitairethatcomeswithMicrosoftWindows.Youtrytomove

allthecardstothetopfourslotsinorderfromacetoking.Inthelowerrows,

youcanstackcardsofoppositecolorandyoucanmovekings(andallcards

stackedonthem)toemptyrows.Usethetrackwheeltoscrollamongtherows

andselectthecardsyou'dliketomove.Scrolltothedestinationandclickagain

tomovethecards.Onceyourunoutofmoves,scrolltothecardsonthetopleft

ofthescreentouncovermorecardstoplay.Onceyouclearthebottomrowsof

allcardsbymovingthemtothetopfourslots,youwin!

Figure3-16.Klondike



3.5.5.TexasHold'EmKing

ThefirstversionofthepopularTexasHold'EmKinggame[Hack#32]from

Magmicisavailableforfreeaswell(seeFigure3-17).Youwon'tfindtheonline

capabilitiesofthecurrentversioninthisone,althoughyoucanuploadyourhigh

scorestoMagmictoseewhereyourankintheofflinegame.Thisisagreatway

tolearnthegame,butbecarefulonceyoustartplayingthisgame,you'llwantto

shelloutthe$9.95forthecurrentversion!Besuretobringthisoneonyournext

roadtriptoVegas!

Figure3-17.ThefirstversionofTexasHold'EmKing



Hack36.PlayZorkonYourBlackBerry



WiththisJava-basedminiInfocominterpreter,youcanplayretrotext

adventuresonyourBlackBerry.Youcanevenwriteyourowngamesifyou

want!

"Openmailbox.Takeleafletandreadit."Thosearethesentencesyouneedto

kickoffagameofZork,whichis,tomany,theprototypicaltextadventure.

You'remorelikelytohearthesegamesreferredtoasinteractivefictionthese

days,andalthoughmanythingshavechangedsincethedayswhenInfocomand

AdventureInternationalownedthegenre,thesegamesareverymuchalive.

You'llfindathrivingcommunityofinteractivefictiongamersandauthorsatthe

InteractiveFictionArchive(http://www.ifarchive.org/).Onthissite,you'llfind

hundredsofgames,toolstocreateyourown,andallsortsofinformation.

Asatext-friendlyhandheld,theBlackBerryistheperfectplatformfor

interactivefiction.Thereareacoupleofwaysyoucanplaythesegamesonyour

BlackBerry.Z2ME(http://gpf.dcemu.co.uk/)isaportofZPlet

(http://sourceforge.net/projects/zplet/),aJava-basedinterpreterfortheZMachine,thevirtualmachinethatInfocomusedfortheirinteractivefiction

games(compiledgamesaresaidtobeintheZ-codeformatandhaveafile

extensionindicatingwhichversiontheywerecompiledfor,suchas.z3,.z5,and

soon).ManymoderninteractivefictiontitlesusetheZ-Machine,soyou'llfind

plentyofgamesforit.AnotherJ2MEZ-MachineinterpreterisZeeME

(http://www.gizmo-a-gogo.org/ZeeME/index.html).

BothZ2MEandZeeMEwillrunfineontheBlackBerry,butthereisa

customizedversionofZ2MEthatismoreBlackBerryfriendly.However,Iwas

unabletogetittoworkonthe7100seriesofBlackBerryhandhelds,sinceZ2ME

didnotworkcorrectlywiththeSureTypeinputmethods.



3.6.1.FindGamestoPlay



OneoftheproblemswithbothZ2MEandZeeMEisthattheycomewithone

game(Mini-Zork).Toaddanothergame,you'llneedtomodifythejarfileand

installitonyourdevice.

Becausethereisalimitonthesizeofajarfile(thebiggestjarI'vebeenableto

loadis76K),youneedtopicksmallgames.Toseeadirectorylistingofallthe

Z-codegamesintheinteractivefictionlibrary,visitftp://ifarchive.org/ifarchive/games/zcode/.IfyouopenthatURLupinafilesystemviewer,suchas

theMacOSXFinderorWindowsExplorer,you'llbeabletosortbyfilesize.

LookforsmallZ-codefiles,andcross-referencewhatyoufindwiththelistings

atBaf'sGuidetotheInteractiveFictionArchive:visit

http://www.wurb.com/if/platform,scrolldownto"Z-code,"andclickthelink.

Thenyoucanlookupagameyou'reinterestedinandreadasynopsisand

review.Notallgamesarelisted,butBaf'sisauthoritativeenoughthatyousafely

usetheabsenceofareviewasafilter.Ifyou'vegotallthetimeintheworld,

though,youshouldtryeverything.Thereareworsethingsyoucoulddowith

yourtime.

Forexample,suppose905.z5catchesyoureye.It's60.5Kandmightbesmall

enough.SoyouheadonovertoBaf's,locateareview,andseethatitgota

decentreview(fourstars).Thenyoudownloadthefile,andusetheinstructions

listedinthenextsectionstopackageit.Next,createa.jar(or.alx),postitona

websiteforanOTAdownload(orusetheApplicationLoader)[Hack#97],and

startplayingthegameonyourBlackBerry.



Ifyoudowanttopost.jadand.jarfilesonyourownwebsite,make

sureyouhavetheproperMIMEtypessetup[Hack#97].



3.6.2.UseZ2ME

Z2MEisavailablefromhttp://gpf.dcemu.co.uk/asanover-the-airinstallation

(OTA).TherearealsoApplicationLoaderversionsavailableifyouhave

problemswiththeOTAinstall(seePhillipBogle'spostat



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