In a message on Sun, 23 Jun 2002 07:14:18 -0400, wrote :
CD> I am looking for simple non-* arcade games - things like car races.
CD> This is for little kids (2-5) to do on rainy days.
CD> I've found three - SpeedX, Search and Rescue, and acm. Unfortunately,
CD> none of those seem to work; acm pukes with an error message, SpeedX
CD> segfaults, and S&R does not respond at all to any keyboard/joystick/mouse
For something *really* simple and *very* robust, try Tux Goes Fising:
Not a car race exactly. Not multiplayer either. Just some simple fish
moving back and forth, with a hungry penguin named Tux (you know who I
mean) looking for a meal (Tux is under control of the mouse). Written
entirely in Tcl/Tk. Just install Tcl/Tk on your Linux (or ANY UNIX
box), edit the first line of the file (to point to the wish executable)
and there you are. (It will work under MS-Windows and MacOS, except
without Tux (who gets replaced with a boring arrow or finger or
something due to lack of support for X11-style bitmaped cursor support
for Tcl/Tk under non-X11 systems).
The *only* thing that Tux Goes Fising lacks is an interface to audio.
Right now it displays a *text* message whenever Tux gets a fish.
*Someone* with a sound card, a mike, a good speaking voice, and a bit
of knowledge of shell access to playing sound files should be able to
add this. The audio part would of course be needed for pre-literate
kids. Otherwise I believe that this 'game' should be quite the ticket
for little kids, even would out audio 'feedback'. Lots of hand-eye
coordination involved in 'chasing' the fish with the mouse cursor (aka
Tux) -- just the thing to keep a kid busy for hours...
While it is not *exactly* a non-* car race, xbill is available
with most linux distros and seems to be quite robust. (xbill is a bit
propaganda oriented, involving 'mashing' a hacker named 'Bill' who is
intent on spreading a certain operat..., er virus that turns computers
into toasters.) xboing (fancy break-out game from Australia) also works
well (you might want to kill the sound -- the boys "Down Under"
included some interesting language that might not be appropriate for small
children with the sound effects).
I have two card-based solitaire games, 7-card gin rummy (two player),
and a version of 5 card cold hand poker working as pure Tcl/Tk scripts.
Don't know if any of your 2-5 years would have any interest in any of
these. Let me know and I'll make them available for download.
CD> I've tried compiling from source as well - no joy. Compile errors due to
CD> differend headers, undefined vars, etc.
CD> So - any simple arcade games out there?
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