I sent this to the Pac Mate List but thought I should send it here too.
I'm about to start selling a huge game pack for the PPC. It will cost $15
american. The pack is especially designed for the PM v4.1 but should
work fine on other systems.
First, let me say that you will NOT be paying for these games. They are
all absolutely free, and, if you wish, you can hunt them all down yourself
and label them--maybe you'll like doing that as much as playing them--so
the games are free. You'll be paying only for the additional files that
make the games more accessible.
I improved some of the files in the first pack, which is free and can be
downloaded at www.braillesoft.net . I've improved on the old--yes,
throwing out some that just plain didn't work, and have brought to the
community some new and exciting games as well.
First, the changes...
In netHack, the sound pack is much bigger and it works--yet it is compact
enough to run smoothly if a bit slowly.
Pocket Irked has been replaced with a new Vexed clone that includes over
sixty different types of packs, each pack having about fifty levels--and,
with a little practice, you can even make your own. (Later if anyone is
interested, I'll write up a blurb on it, but right now I'm still working
on finding new games.)
I've also found a better Lines game--just as accessible, about half as
frustrating--and you can change the rules to make different shapes other
than the five-ball line.
There are many other games in this pack--even a Sudoku game, and, in case
any of you missed it, the Scrabble game with its graphics file will also
I can't promise you total accessibility all the time, but I can promise
that you won't have to spend hours of frustrating experiences trying to
identify and label graphics! If you would rather give it a go, in all
fairness I'm going to write down the name of every game I have found and
Alain Zanchetta Scrabble (srabblCE)
CE Zebra Othello: one or two players
FreakOthello: one player, powerful and fast AI
Two lines games--one is Lineo and the other just Lines.
Miner: detinate clear cells, avoid mines. Three experience levels.
Ramon De Klein Bubbles: bubbles game, varrying difficulty
Vexed, by Ilker Aksen, see above
AruKone and AruKube: connect the symbols with lines. Very visual but very
accessible. For example, if two plus signs were next to each other with
one blank cell between them, you click on the first plus, then on the
blank, then on the second plus. The number 3 appears between them because
a Braille three is a straight line across. Had it been one over and one
down, (and since you can't go diagonally,) you'd click the plus, the cell
next to it, then the plus underneath. A number 4 would appear to the
right of the first plus, because it points to the left, (dots 2-5,) and
downward, (dots 5-6.)
Arukube is harder because you have to connect them all with number
constraints--how many moves you have to do it in.
Daleks: Outrun the bugs or try to get them to collide or run into the plus
signs. In a pinch, kill all bugs immediately surrounding you with a
"subsonic," or "transmit," yourself to another location.
GemSwap: swap gems to put three (or more,) gems in a row. Careful
planning can help you rack up those points!
NetBubbles: in French, which makes it interesting. Choose between a board
full of three, four, or five colors. The sound are awesome too.
Newborn: a basic game of concentration--match the pairs.
Woeper Shuffle: the classic number slider puzzle
(You can just get that one, no extra files needed.)
So, you want to know where to get these games? Just go to
www.freewareppc.com and go to games, the puzzle. Most are there, some are
under board games. Some you'll have to google for though.
I'm currently not selling the pack for two reasons: one is that I'm still
hunting for new games, especially an accessible chess game. Both the ones
I found are accessible except that Jaws skips the lines that have all
blank sqares, making it seem that the pawns are right up in each others'
I'm also hunting card games such as Free Cell. I tried to label Solitaire
but Jaws doesn't like the layering.
Second, I really want feedback so that I can make this games pack even
better. What types of games are you interested in, for example? What did
you like about the first pack, and what didn't you like? I know that I
haven't been on the lists at all in a while--since my brother in law broke
my last computer, in fact, but now I'll be monitorring them more
closely--so fire away!
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