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 +BLOCK OUT
 +
 +Typed in by PARANOMIA. Edited by PARASITE.
 +
 +
 +== INTRODUCTION ==
 +
 +
 +Welcome to BLOCKOUT, the unique game of three dimensional action and
 +strategy. It is played with a set of 3-D blocks, each composed of 1 to 5
 +cubes. These blocks appear at the top of a multilayered pit and
 +automatically drop down into the pit. You must flip, rotate, and move
 +them into the proper position in order to completely fill a layer with
 +cubes. When a layer is full, it will disappear, giving you more room to
 +maneuver. The more layers you completely fill, the higher your score
 +will be. Be careful, though: cubes in uncompleted layers will remain at
 +the bottom of the pit, giving you less time and room to maneuver. When
 +the stack of blocks reaches the top of the pit, the game is over. Don't
 +worry if you don't do well the first few games; the more you play, the
 +easier the game becomes.
 +
 +
 +**BLOCKOUT** has many options allowing you to modify the different features
 +of the game. This includes changing the dimensions of the pit and the
 +block set used. Once you master a setup, you can create another one with
 +new challanges.
 +
 +
 +**BLOCKOUT**,​ designed by Aleksander Ustaszewski,​ was inspired by the Soma
 +Cube. The Danish writer and mathematician Piet Hein invented the Soma
 +Cube, basing it on an unusual geometrical theorem. If you combine no
 +more than four cubes into all possible irregular shapes (that is, there
 +is a corner somewhere in the shape), you will end up with seven different
 +shapes, each composed of three or four cubes. In turn, these seven
 +shapes, which contain a total of 27 small cubes, can be combined into a
 +larger 3 by 3 by 3 cube. For a complete description of the Soma Cube, see
 +Martin Gardner'​s 2nd Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles &
 +Diversions, published by Simon and Schuster, 1961.
 +
 +
 +== GETTING STARTED ==
 +
 +Your BLOCKOUT diskette is not copy protected, so before you play the game
 +we strongly recommend that you make a back-up copy of the original
 +diskette or copy its contents onto your hard disk. Then use your back-up
 +copy when loading the game. If you wish to save your high scores, make
 +sure the disk is not write protected.
 +
 +
 +Note: To skip the title screen, press any key or the mouse button.
 +
 +
 +== PLAYING THE GAME ==
 +
 +
 +**PLAYING FOR THE FIRST TIME**
 +
 +While BLOCKOUT is a relatively simple game, you may need some time to
 +get used to the interface. The easiest way to do this is to follow
 +these steps:
 +
 +
 +  * After successfully loading BLOCKOUT, the program will present you with
 +  the Main Menu. Select the Practice Mode option.
 +
 +  * The playing screen will be displayed. Place your left hand on the Q,
 +  W, and E keys, and your right hand on the numeric keypad.
 +
 +  * Press the 8 key on the numeric keypad. The block will move up towards
 +  the top of the screen.
 +
 +  * Next press the 2 key. The block will move back down towards the bottom
 +  of the screen.
 +
 +  * Press the 6 key and the block will move to the right.
 +
 +  * Press the 4 key and the block will move to the left.
 +
 +  * Next try rotating the block. This is done with the left hand, using
 +  the Q, W, and E keys.
 +
 +  * Press the E key and watch the block rotate. Press the E key again and
 +  it will rotate in the same direction. Do this a few times to get familiar with the rotation of the block.
 +
 +  * Next experiment with the Q and W keys in the same fashion. Watch how
 +  the block reacts to each keypress.
 +
 +  * Now try dropping the block into place by pressing the Space Bar.
 +
 +  * Once you have become familiar with the game controls, press the Esc
 +  key to exit the Practice Mode.
 +
 +  * You can now try the actual game by selecting the Start Game option.
 +
 +  * You will be presented with another menu that allows you to set the
 +  starting level. Press Enter or the 0 key to select level 0 (the
 +  easiest level).
 +
 +  * The game will begin. Now that you have gamed some familiarity with
 +  the game controls, you should be well on your way to mastering
 +  BLOCKOUT.
 +
 +
 +== GAME CONTROLS ==
 +
 +
 +Moving the Blocks
 +
 +Numeric keypad
 +      1           move down and left
 +      2           move down
 +      3           move down and right
 +      4           move left
 +      6           move right
 +      7           move up and left
 +      8           move up
 +      9           move up and right
 +
 +
 +Note: The mouse and the cursor keys will also move the block around the
 +pit.
 +
 +
 +Rotating the Blocks
 +
 +Q - Flips the block counter-clockwise (around x axis)
 +W - Turns the block counter-clockwise (around y axis)
 +E - Spins the block counter-clockwise (around z axis)
 +
 +A - Flips the block clockwise (around x axis)
 +S - Turns the block clockwise (around y axis)
 +D - Spins the block clockwise (around z axis)
 +
 +Other Game Controls
 +
 +Select the highlighted option ​                 Return
 +
 +Drop the block                                 ​--Space or Mouse Button--
 +
 +Turn sound on/​off ​                             --(see Choose Setup Menu)--
 +
 +Pause/​resume the game                          P
 +
 +Abort the current game or exit from the menu   Esc
 +
 +
 +**PLAYING SCREEN**
 +
 +The playing screen for BLOCKOUT is divided into three areas: the pit,
 +the layer bar, and game information. In the center of the screen is the
 +pit. This is the area where you will position the blocks. On the left
 +side of the screen is the layer bar. This vertical bar will show the color
 +or shade of each layer of blocks in the pit. On the right side of the
 +screen the game information is displayed; the current score, number of
 +cubes played, and high score, as well as the pit dimensions and block
 +set.
 +
 +
 +**SCORING**
 +
 +There are a total of 11 dificulty levels in BLOCKOUT. You will be able
 +to start the game at any of the first ten levels. After a certain
 +number of cubes has been played, the level will increase, making the
 +game more difficult. In larger pits, you must drop more cubes before the
 +difficulty level changes.
 +
 +Your score in BLOCKOUT increases.
 +
 +o With the complexity of both the individual block and the block set.
 +
 +o With the height from which the block is dropped (using the Space Bar).
 +
 +o As the level increases.
 +
 +o As the size of the pit decreases.
 +
 +
 +Bonus points are awarded for:
 +
 +o Filling an entire layer.
 +
 +o Filling more than one layer at a time.
 +
 +o Clearing the entire pit.
 +
 +Note: The score in BLOCKOUT does not depend on the Rotation Speed
 +parameter.
 +
 +
 +**HALL OF FAME**
 +
 +Once the game is over, press Enter (or Return). The Hall of Fame will
 +then appear, displaying the ten highest scores. If your score is higher
 +than the lowest score on the list, you will be allowed to enter your
 +name. After typing in your name using the keyboard, press Enter to save
 +the new score to disk. pressing Enter without typing a name will also
 +save the score.
 +
 +
 +If you don't want to save your new score, press the Esc key or select
 +the Cancel button.
 +
 +
 +Every setup will have its own Hall of Fame. This will allow you to save
 +the ten highest scores for each combination of pit and block set. The
 +only exceptions are pits with reversed length and width dimensions. For
 +example: a 4 x 5 x 10 pit would have the same Hall of Fame as a 5 x 4 x
 +10 pit.
 +
 +
 +**MENUS**
 +
 +BLOCKOUT has a system of menus that allows you to alter different
 +features of the game.
 +
 +
 +Select a menu option by using the mouse and mouse button, or by pressing
 +the first letter of the option name. If you are in a submenu, pressing
 +the Esc key will return you to the Main Menu.
 +
 +
 +**MAIN MENU**
 +
 +Start Game - Starts the actual game with the specified setup ("Flat
 +Fun" is the default). Upon selecting this option, you will be allowed
 +to set the starting level (0 being the easiest). You can use Enter, the
 +the up and down cursor keys, the 0 through 9 keys, or the mouse (if
 +applicable) to select the level.
 +
 +
 +Choose Setup - Selects the Choose Setup menu. This menu allows you to
 +choose from several preselected setups, or change the setup completely.
 +
 +
 +Write Setup - Saves the current setup to the disk, in a file called
 +'​blockout.set'​. The setup will automatically load the next time you
 +boot the game.
 +
 +
 +Practice Mode - Starts the practice mode in the current setup. In this
 +mode, the blocks do not automatically descend until the Space bar is
 +pressed. The player has unlimited time to move and rotate the block.
 +Press the Esc key to exit the practice mode.
 +
 +
 +Demo - Starts a demonstration of the game in the current setup. The
 +computer takes over the role of the human player and automatically
 +adjusts the position of each block and then drops it into place.
 +Pressing any key will exit the demo, (Note: The demo mode will start
 +automatically,​ if you don't play for a while.)
 +
 +
 +Help - Displays a screen listing the game controls and showing
 +examples of three blocks, each rotating along a different axis.
 +Selecting one of the two rows of keys in the menu will change the
 +rotation direction.
 +
 +
 +Quit Game - Exits the game and returns to the operating system.
 +
 +
 +**CHOOSE SETUP MENU**
 +
 +The Choose Setup menu allows you to alter different features of the game.
 +It contains several windows and buttons. To select an option in a
 +window, click on the selector next to the option name.
 +
 +
 +Predefined Setups. This window allows you to choose from several
 +preselected setups. Watch how selecting predefined setups changes the
 +parameters in other windows.
 +
 +    Flat Fun - Changes the current setup to Flat Fun. This setup was
 +    designed with the novice player in mind. Its Flat block set and
 +    large pit allow for easier play than the more advanced setups.
 +
 +    3-D Mania - Changes the current setup to 3-D Mania. Designed for
 +    advanced players, this setup uses the Basic block set with a
 +    narrow pit. This is the favorite setup of the developers of the
 +    game.
 +
 +    Out of Control - Changes the current setup to Out of Control. This
 +    setup is quite different than the other two. When using the
 +    Extended block set, the game becomes a complex logic puzzle.
 +
 +Block Set. This window allows you to select one of the three block sets.
 +
 +    Flat Set - The Flat Set consists of the two dimensional blocks
 +    (1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, and 14) that are composed of 1 to 4 cubes.
 +
 +    Basic Set - The Basic set consists of blocks 1 through 7. They are
 +    formed by combining three or four cubes into the irregular shapes.
 +    These seven shapes, which contain a total of 27 cubes, can be fitted
 +    together to form a larger 3 x 3 x 3 Soma Cube (see INTRODUCTION).
 +
 +    Extended Set - The Extended set consists of all block combinations
 +    of 1 to 5 cubes (blocks 1 - 41). Note: If the current pit is too
 +    small to fit a block from the extended set, this type of block is
 +    not generated.
 +
 +
 +Rotation. This window controls the speed of the rotation and transition
 +of the blocks when moving down the pit. The game scoring does not depend
 +on this parameter. Select one of the three speeds: Fast, Medium, or Slow.
 +
 +
 +Pit Dimensions. This window allows you to change the depth (6 to 18),
 +width (3 to 7), and length (3 to 7) of the pit. Please note that there
 +is a separate top-ten list for each block set and pit combination.
 +
 +
 +Sound. This window allows you to turn sound effects off and on.
 +
 +
 +At the bottom of the Choose Setup window you will find the following
 +buttons: Start Game, Main Menu, Write Setup, and Cancel.
 +
 +
 +Start Game - Starts the actual game.
 +
 +
 +Main Menu - Returns to the Main Menu with the new setup (if you change it).
 +
 +
 +Write Setup - Saves the current setup to the disk, in a file called
 +'​blockout.set'​. This option is also available in the Main Menu.
 +
 +
 +Cancel - Returns to the Main Menu without any changes in the game setup.
 +
 +
 +HALL OF FAME MENU
 +Start Game - Starts the actual game. The setup will be the same as the
 +game just played.
 +
 +
 +Change/​Choose Setup - Selects the Choose Setup menu.
 +
 +
 +Main Menu - Returns to the Main Menu.
 +
 +
 +Quit Game - Exits the game and returns to the operating system.
 +
 +
 +
 +== HINTS AND STRATEGY ==
 +
 +o Unless you have three hands, use just one set of keys to rotate the
 +  block: either Q, W, and E, or A, S, and D, but not both. Place three
 +  fingers of your left hand on the Q, W, and E (or A, S, and D) keys. Place
 +  your right hand on the numeric keypad. Try to keep your hands at these
 +  locations at all times when playing.
 +
 +o Becoming familiar with rotating the blocks using the Q, W, and E
 +  keys or (A, S, and D) is important to mastering the game. Don't get
 +  discouraged if it seems confusing at first.
 +
 +o If you are having problems playing the game for the first time, watch
 +  the computer play in the Demo mode. Then try the Practice Mode to
 +  become familiar with the game controls.
 +
 +o Sometimes it becomes difficult to tell the exact position of a block
 +  within the pit. When this happens, try moving the block against the
 +  side of the pit. From there carefully move it into the desired
 +  position.
 +
 +o Remember that the faster you move a block into position and drop it, the
 +  more points you will get.
 +
 +o If you have problems recognizing the overall shape of a block, try
 +  rotating it into different positions. By getting several views of the
 +  block in different positions, you should get a better idea of its shape.
 +
 +o If you are trying to achieve the highest score possible, try beginning
 +  from a higher starting level.
 +
 +o You can maneuver the block until it is filled with colors or shades.
 +  After you drop a block, there is still a very short moment when you can
 +  move the block if there is room for it. 
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