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DotBox

DotBox is a block-based game mini library. It greatly limits what is plausible.

License

DotBox is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (or any later version). This is version 0.1.0 of the program.

All libraries used by DotBox are GPL-compatible. Any data used by the examples included in this package is as free as DotBox itself.

Installing

Run this in a terminal:

# python setup.py install

Dependencies

DotBox should work with both Python 2.6+ and Python 3.x.

DotBox depends on PyGame 1.8.1+ (perhaps earlier versions are also supported, though at least version 1.9.0 is needed for Python 3).

  • For DEB-based distros (Debian etc.): type apt-get install python-pygame
  • For RPM-based distros (Fedora etc.): type yum install pygame
  • For other distros: do something similar or get it at http://pygame.org/download.shtml

Using

DotBox is a mini library with little functionality. Its documentation is included in its source code, so you can run this command to find out more about it (as this /is/ a 0.1.0 release, not much is shown yet; to figure out how to use DotBox, take a look the included examples instead):

$ pydoc dotbox

Example games

Instead of the lacking documentation, you can also take a look at the example games in the examples directory of this package. These games are playable.

Usable colors

DotBox uses a palette of 256 colors. The first 216 are the so-called "web-safe" colors (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web-safe_color#Color_table ), while the remaining 40 are grayscale.

Developing

DotBox is written in Python and uses Git for branches. To get the latest branch, get it from gitorious.org like this:

$ git clone git://gitorious.org/dotbox/dotbox.git

This document

Copyright (C) 2011 Niels Serup

Copying and distribution of this file, with or without modification, are permitted in any medium without royalty provided the copyright notice and this notice are preserved. This file is offered as-is, without any warranty.

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