Tetris/Blocks By Arthur Nugent



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Tetris/Blocks

By Arthur Nugent

CIS 587 Dr. Maxim

Story

Seven different shapes each represented by a different color drop from the top of the box. Each time a row is completely filled in the player wins points. The player also gets points for each block that is played. The object of the game is to completely fill in lines on the board before the blocks reach the top; if the blocks reach the top then the game is over (See picture above).


The game is a java applet and is located at www.cpp-datastructures.com/blocks.htm. The web page has 3 different and distinct java applets on it, one for expert players, one for average played and one for kids or beginners. The kid’s applet has larger blocks and they drop at much slower pace. The playing field also has a couple more rows and columns to make the game last longer for the kids.

The expert field is also a little deeper and a little narrower, meaning there is allot less room to maneuver the blocks. As a players level increases so does the rate that the blocks fall. In the kids game the level increase after 10 lines, 5 for the average player and every 3 lines for the expert player. The challenge is to beat your session’s high score, luring the player to stay and play.
The tools

Arthur Nugent – I made it man

Doug Code – I made it better man

Java development kit 1.3

WinEdit

Java by Example Clayton Walnum


Java how to program 2nd edition

Java how to program 3rd edition

Scoring – on a lines killed basis

Expert


1 line – 25 points

2 lines – 100 points

3 lines – 250 points

4 lines 1000 points


Average and kids

1 line 10 points

2 lines 25 points

3 lines 50 points

4 lines 100 points
The thought behind the expert players getting more points is to challenge the players and to hook them to the game (Better bragging rights). I also made the kids blocks bigger to make it easier to manipulate the blocks.
The challenge

Experts


300 milliseconds level 1

50 milliseconds level 9


3 lines killed per level so if a hot shot player goes for the big points (4 kills) at once they could conceivably jump 2 levels at once and increase the speed the block falls dramatically.
Average

900 milliseconds – level 1

100 milliseconds – level 9

5 kills per level


kids

900 milliseconds – level 1

100 milliseconds – level 9

10 kills per level

A little slower procession from level to level builds up a users confidence so that I might tare it down a little later in the game…he he

The players

Class structures

Shape – Creates the shape of the block

Element – Creates the movement of the blocks

CanvasField – creates the playing field

Stats – score, speed, stats

Blocks – runs the applet
References

Doug Code – Helped make the applet more efficient


http://www.tetris.com/



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