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Monster Masher -------------- Monster Masher is an action game for Gnome. The gnome world is falling apart from the attack of the evil mineral monsters, and you, a humble levitation worker, is the only remaining hope for the gnomes. The goal is to mash all monsters to clear the road for the rock summoners to block the monsters' entrance to the gnome world. The homepage (with screenshots and more information) is: http://www.cs.aau.dk/~olau/monster-masher/ The game is licensed under the GNU GPL. Requirements ------------ You need a modern Gnome desktop (i.e. at least Gnome 2.6) with the related libraries and the C++ wrappers for GTK+ and Gnome libraries, gtkmm, libgnomecanvasmm, gconfmm and libglademm. These can be fetched from http://www.gtkmm.org, or are alternatively probably available as packages from your distributor. How to play ----------- At each level, there are a number of rounded blocks which can be pushed around. There are also some wall squares (blocks in another color) which are fixed; they are the bedrock. When a monster is between two blocks, pushing one of the blocks so that it hits the other causes the monster to be mashed. The armoured monsters require the other block to be the bedrock. By pressing the pull key you can also pull a single block, provided there are no monsters around it. You are not allowed to both push blocks and pull one at the same time, though. At the first levels, there are only the ordinary black monsters (the scouting troops). At the deeper levels, you will encounter other types of monsters. If you fight your way deep enough, you will even meet the egg layers. The eggs themselves are not dangerous and can easily be squashed by pushing blocks over them. However, linger for too long and the eggs will crackle... Mashing monsters and passing levels earns you points. For each 50 points you earn, the god of the gnomes (it is the same guy who gives you your magical levitational powers) will grant you one more resurrection of your life. The red gems are full of holy anger and will kill all monsters near them when picked up, whereas the blue gems possess divine cold and freeze all monsters for a short period of time. The pink gems, the gems of love, make you invisible so you can see to your affairs untested. Some tips for how to reach the deepest level (level 30): - Be very careful when entering a new level; the monsters are scattered and it is difficult to escape. - Try to build "castles" by placing the blocks in rows with the monsters on one side and you on the other; then you can diminish the space for the monsters untested by gradually enlarging the castle. - Learn how to control the hero well; diagonal pushes are often good for safely enlarging castles. - Beware of the red seeker monsters; if there is a hole in your defence, they will find it. - Appreciate the usefulness of pulling, sometimes a true monster trap can be maintained by pushing and pulling the same block repeatedly. Contact ------- Report bugs and suggestions to the maintainer: $ cat MAINTAINERS If you enjoyed playing the game, he would very much like to hear about it!