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Mouse-operated swordfighting

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This is my entry for the Puzzle Pirates 'Slice of piratey life' contest. One of the puzzle games in PP is 'swordfighting' (which plays like Puzzle Fighter, apparently), so I decided to show a cross-section of the puzzle indicating how it is actually operated by mice. Two weeks of pondering and designing, then working Friday night through to 4am Monday morning (Sunday 11:59pm PST deadline = Monday 8am deadline in the UK!) with just a bit of a break over Saturday evening. I still had to miss out some of the ideas I wanted to include just to keep things clear while meeting the contest's size restriction (1280x1024).

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AvalonMelody's avatar
Ahaha, I'll never play the swordfighting puzzle with a straight face again. :icontearplz:

But nice job! ;3 I hope you won >:3
SnottyBabe's avatar
Wow... Now how am I supposed to take swordfighting seriously!? ~_~
polkapills's avatar
I swear, whenever I play SF I will always think of this. You genius, you.
xmidnightxx's avatar
I agree! Been playing Puzzle Pirate for quite a number of years and this is like epic lol
Nemodemos's avatar
I loved this when I judged it... wow, too many years ago, and I love it now. It reminds me of the David Macaulay books I devoured as a kid. And a bit as an adult :)
ranma-tim's avatar
Aw, thanks - after all the hours it took to design, and late nights to execute, I'm glad it's still getting some appreciation all these years later!

The competitions were my favourite part of Puzzle Pirates - without those incentives and deadlines I just don't naturally tend to do as much cool stuff. Maybe I should check back in just for those sometimes.
pinkythepink's avatar
Ahhh, this is epic indeed! Awesome work!
TheSmileInYourEyes's avatar
Lyeekha's avatar
That is ridiculously, amazingly well thought out. It makes so much sense now... well done! xD :heart:
wow, this is cool :D
MistressOfMold's avatar
Oh tahts why i stink at that puzzle, its because i have mouse traps in my house
Itch86's avatar
I wonder how many mice does OOO employ....

Great Job.. now i know how to cheat... Bribe more Cheese!
:D
Deeply-Carmine's avatar
wow! it's really awesome. love it.

SF will never be the same... XD
J3V1L's avatar
This reminds me of one of the old 'The way things Work' Books.
ranma-tim's avatar
Yes! It seems you are the first person to identify my personal inspiration. Not that many other people in the original competition seemed that aware of this kind of thing.

I've recently been making plans for doing this kind of thing in a very different way... but it will have to wait until I have time.
J3V1L's avatar
Looking forwards to it!

Favourite book when I was wee; and I had the CD Rom Game too! =D
MissCarmila's avatar
that is so cute XDD
McTweeter's avatar
Mice... swords... IT ALL MAKES SENSE!!!

XDDD, love this picture. It's creative, and it (sort of) explains how it works.
Obaba's avatar
Oh my gosh! I loved this entry when I first saw it. It reminded me of my old Richard Scarry books with a ton of stuff going on.
KarenKaren's avatar
lol AWSOME! XD I love pp, specially swordfighting, but you have to be REALLY creative to come up with such an idea!!! +10
kitty2385's avatar
wow, awesome cute mice. i wondered where all the music came from and who gave me all little blocks...

Just wondering though, what hapens to those little mice in the blocks when a sword comes down? =P
ranma-tim's avatar
Good question! As I said, I had to miss out ideas to keep things clear, but here's how it's supposed to go.

There's two reasons for mice to be in blocks on the playfield; dropping blocks and gray blocks. They get in the dropping blocks so that they can separate the two halves if necessary; after the block has been dropped they climb down the back of the blocks and come out at the bottom to help recycle parts, and then they can go and get some cheese. The grey blocks have four sides; plain grey, grey with a picture of a sword, the full colour block, and the fourth side which has a door for them to get in and out of. The mice in these blocks are there to rotate them, you see, and when they do the final rotation they then climb out.

As swords come in, any blocks they replace are supposed to be pushed backwards and fall down to the bottom of the board (just as when pieces are broken by breakers). Any mice that happen not to have gotten out of the blocks as this happens should be okay - the terminal velocity of a falling mouse being less than the fatal velocity. At least, I hope it is. One of the design goals was to avoid harm coming to any mice!
McTweeter's avatar
Wouldn't it make sense if there was a little hole in the bottoms of each block that the mice could go through to the bottom? We never see the bottoms of the blocks, so they could just go through the hole in each one until they're under the screen.

Just saying, I think it would be a lot simpler.

Good explanation anyway.
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