OVERFLOW - The Game
By Tim B. Laursen
A few highlights
Overflow is a two player board game for Unix compatible operating systems (currently only tested on my own machine running Linux, but it should be portable to other platforms). It is released under the Gnu Public License (GPL), which basically means that it is free.
The name refers to the key principle in the game that each cell on the board can hold a maximum of three units (pieces), and if you add another unit to a filled up cell, the units will be distributed to the four neighbor cells.
A few highlights
- Play against the computer or another person
- Advanced hint feature
- Unlimited take backs and redos
- Ugly but scalable graphics
- Selectable colors
Qt 2.0.1 or higher from Troll Tech.
The idea for this game originally came from a drawing I once saw in an old ZX Spectrum magazine. Do you remember the old days when you could buy magazines full of program listings that you had to type in yourself? Well this drawing accompanied a game, which I think was called Overflow as well. I never bothered to read through the program to see what it actually was about, but that picture and the title inspired me to make a very simple version of the game published here. So the game that was the inspiration for this one may or may not be similar to my idea. Unfortunately the magazine has been thrown out long ago, so I can't tell you if there is any similarity other than the title. Actually since then I've seen a few games very much like my idea, although in my own humble opinion none of them are nearly as playable as my version.
Click here to download. The latest version is 1.0.1 (April 10th 2000).
These incantations should install the game:
- `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type `./configure' to configure the package for your system.
- Type `make' to compile the package.
- Type `make install' to install the program. If you are not already root, type `su -c "make install"` instead, and then give your root password.
For more information, read the INSTALL note in the archive.
- April 10th 2000: Version 1.0.1 released
- Small bug fixes regarding saving player names between sessions.
- Strong opening is no longer as brutal (only goes to 30 moves).
If you have any comments, bug reports, grievances, encouragement or any other reason to contact the author of this game, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Source Forge project page here.
This page was last updated Wed Apr 10th 2000 by Tim B. Laursen
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