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Controls: Arrows. Get to the highest level you can before you run out of shoes.

Okay, let us travel back to ... 1980!

Our family got an Apple ][+ on June 9th, 1980. I LIVED on that computer all summer. Making text adventures, graphics demos...

One of the first games I made was WALK INTO THE DOT. It was in Apple ][+ lo-res graphics. There are BAD DOTS. Do not walk into them. There is a GOOD DOT. Walk into it if you can!

It wasn't great, BUT it did bring up some subtle game design ideas, and was part of me learning, 39 years ago, how to design games.

But how to re-make it now? Make it with cool graphics? NO. I would make it like it was. Crappy, primitive, but hiding some interesting lessons.

So, I programmed the old Applesoft lo-res commands of PLOT, HLIN, and VLIN and re-made this crappy old game.

HOWEVER, there is something about it! As you get above level 10, level 20, you start feeling that "slot machine" feeling and "I almost made it"! That weird frustration-success feeling is addictive, and is worth study, even in such a primitive game as this! Also, you can learn the secrets of the game's collision: if ANY pixel of your dude touches the good dot (even if other parts touch the bad dots), you win the level! Often you may see you can win when it looked hopeless.

Caution, this is an alpha, not well-coded, but it's an interesting study in very raw game design. AND... there is... A CHALLENGE.

THE WORLD RECORD IS LEVEL 32. Playing, you will see how hard that is!

Can you get higher?

About to publish it as finished!

P#63803 2019-04-22 03:09 ( Edited 2019-04-24 03:08)

i love the music! current highscore is 23

P#63813 2019-04-22 05:11

Thanks!

Nice. I got 30.... gunning for my friend's 31!

P#63816 2019-04-22 05:16

HE GOT 32 NOW. WHAT THE HECK.

P#63866 2019-04-23 04:43

Okay, I got 32.

P#63878 2019-04-23 06:03

World record is 34 now, by my SISTER!

P#63919 2019-04-24 03:39

Love the joke in the title, as well as the animation when you fall into each level.

PLOT, HLIN, and VLIN remind me of a book I had as a kid: "BASIC Fun with Graphics: The Apple Computer Way!"

: )

P#63933 2019-04-24 17:10

Thanks!

Haha awesome. Yeah, this was probably within my first 10-15 games I ever made. I remember typing generic BASIC games in from a "Stimulating Simulations" book.....

I googled it and found it:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517ZtOK9IpL._SL500_SX340_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

BTW it is REALLY hard to get over 30 in this game. It seems easy at the start, but there are some difficult passages you CAN wiggle through.... And my sister got the World Record playing off Lexaloffle on her PHONE! Heh.

P#63934 2019-04-24 17:14 ( Edited 2019-04-24 17:15)

MY SISTER GOT 36!

@&%@#&*!

P#63936 2019-04-24 18:01
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P#63964 2019-04-25 16:45

Haha that’s great. Didn’t have that one, but wish I did!

P#63965 2019-04-25 17:35

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