Find groups of cards in a whole set...
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- Program by Joel Epstein, Daniel McCarty
Find groups of cards in a whole set.
Copyright © 1998, 1999 Joel Epstein, Daniel McCarty
All Rights Reserved.
(Lawyer people love that stuff.)
(This readme file looks best in a fixed font.)
Grouper is a card game played by finding card groups in a set of cards. The
game is played until no more groups remain. Finding a group can be tough,
but that is covered later.
This is version 1.4 of Grouper. Please email any questions or comments to
[email protected]si.com and include "Grouper" in the subject. Visit the web pages
for Grouper at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mcdan/
NOTE: The source code is available!
| GENERAL STUFF |
The Grouper interface was designed to be fairly intuitive. The main area is
the card grid, where cards are dealt (3 at a time) until no more cards are
left. To the right of the card grid is the deck, which shows the last 21
cards and starts decreasing after there are less than 21 cards left. Below
the card grid is the status bar, which shows your current game status. And
in the bottom right-hand corner is the handy button, which changes to reflect
your most likely option.
| THE HANDY BUTTON |
This button was designed for quick access to the game's features. When the
button reads "Deal!" tap it to deal a new game. (Amazing!) When less than
3 cards are selected, but button will display "Hint." Tapping it will point
to a card for as long as the button is depressed. When 3 cards are selected
that don't form a group, the button will read "But Why!" Tapping it will
pop up a screen explaining why the 3 cards don't form a group. And when the
game is over but cards remain in the card grid the button will read "OK."
When you're finished looking at the remaining cards, tap OK.
There is a menu item that changes to reflect the current state of the handy
button, but that is covered later.
| THE MENU THAT IS COVERED LATER |
The first most menu item is the handy button clone. In the event that you
hate the handy button, feel free to use the menu option instead.
The other menu items only perform one function each:
. Undo undoes the last group
. New Game starts a new game. (Amazing!)
. High Scores... displays current high scores
. Preferences... shows game preferences:
. Sound toggles sound on/off. This defaults to
your Pilot's Game Sound preference when
. Difficulty selects the difficulty to play at. Each
level deals more cards.
. Pattern selects the pattern to display on cards
. How to Play... displays a quick overview of the game and how to play
. Quick Tips... displays a few quick tips for finding groups
. About... just a few things about Grouper
| THE GAME |
Grouper is played by finding groups until there are no more groups or until
no more cards remain (when there are no more cards it's also unlikely that
there will be any more groups). Finding a group is probably the hardest
aspects of the game. See the ABOUT GROUPS section for help.
Select cards to group by just tapping them. When 3 cards are selected, if
they form a group you'll be notified and 3 more cards will be dealt. If
they don't form a group you'll also be notified and you'll have the option of
finding out why.
When 3 cards don't form a group if you select a 4th card it will replace the
3rd selection and you will again be notified (this game is good at notifying
and stuff) whether it's a group or not.
Scoring is as follows:
Undoing a group -7 points
Getting a hint -2 points
Finding a group 5 points
Winning the game 15 points
Your score can never fall below 0, which means that for the first group your
first 3 hints are on the house.
| ABOUT GROUPS |
A group is formed of 3 cards whose characteristics are either all the SAME or
all DIFFERENT. On easier levels there are only 3 characteristics. As the
game gets harder the number of characteristics increases.
Characteristics: Card Color: white, gray (pattern) or black
# of Spots: 1, 2 or 3
Spot Color: white, gray (pattern) or black
Spot Type: circle, ellipse or peanut
Passed 3rd Grade 3 characteristics
The Thinker 3.5 characteristics
Analytical Genius 4 characteristics
If you're asking yourself how you can have a fractional characteristic, it's
because although the spot type characteristic is enabled in "The Thinker,"
you'll only see short spots and medium spots. This means that you can only
find groups where the spot type is the same.
Finding a group can be difficult at times. It's much easier to find a group
when most of the characteristics are the same then when they're different.
Here are a few tips for finding groups:
. Look for homogeneous groups. As mentioned above, they're easier to find.
. Look for the characteristic that is LEAST present on the card grid. If you
can see that there are only two cards with 3 long black spots and you know
that there are no homogeneous groups, then 1 of those cards is the first
card in the group. Now that you've found the first card, apply the same
principle to finding the second card.
. If the status bar reads "1 group found!" and you find the group, you can be
sure that of the next 3 cards dealt, at least 1 is part of the next group.
. If all else fails, take a hint. It's only 2 points off your score.
| ISSUES |
There are no known issues with Grouper. If you encounter any problems please
email us and we will try to have a fix available within 24 hours.
| LEGAL BEAGLE |
Standard Pilot legal disclaimers apply (the ones that supposedly absolve us of responsibility if you throw your Pilot in the air in spasms of joy after winning a game of Grouper then miss the catch, etc.) Seriously, though, even though this program is free it has been produced with the highest standards of quality. This is our free gift to you of a game that will be a cute diversion for your Pilot (well...more for you). As such, we'd appreciate it if you didn't sue us if something goes wrong. We trust that you are an honorable person. Thank you and enjoy Grouper