Word War vi on AppStore (FREE)

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Wordwarvi, or ‘Word War vi’, is an old school ‘80’s style side scrolling space shoot’em up arcade game.
It presents a very nice balance between retro style and entertaining gameplay.
It is about the battle between the two venerable unix editors, vi, and emacs.

0 The Story …
1 In the beginning, there was ed.
2 Ed is the standard text editor.
3 Then there was vi, and it was good.
4 Then came emacs, and a dearth of RAM.
5 Your mission is to traverse core
6 memory and rid the host of emacs.
7 It will not be an easy mission, as
8 there are many emacs friendly
9 processes._
~ ~ “wordwarvi.txt” 10L, 281C

You pilot your “vi”per craft through core memory, rescuing lost .swp files, avoiding OS defenses, and wiping out those memory hogging emacs processes.
When all the lost .swp files are rescued, head for the socket which will take you to the next node in the cluster.

Things you may encounter:

Enemies to defeat:

Cron Job Will shoot projectiles at you. Will attempt to collect the vi .swp files and carry them to caldera of the volcano
Emacs - Beware of viruses which may be living inside.
GDB processes. Will attempt to ptrace you with heat seeking probes. Avoid and/or kill.
Jets, which fire heat seeking missiles. Avoid the missiles.
Rocket and Laser turret - Avoid hitting them
SAM station - Heat seeking SAM’s. Avoid.
fetchmail - Blimp (representing emacs). Will shoot heat seeking missiles.
Octo-viruses and tentacles. Shoot lightning. Avoid.
WINE bottles - Beware of viruses which may be living inside.

Things to retrieve:

Fuel tank - Refuel by hovering over the fuel tanks momentarily
.swap file - rescue all of them
Socket head for it to get the next node
Jet pilot

How to control:

Y - Start the game - Insert coin
X - Help B - Settings panel
A - Activates time warp Speed accelerator
Bomb Gravity bomb
Laser weapon

Settings panel

Settings panel can be opened by clicking the red button in the bottom.
It allows you:

  1. Choose drawing style:
    • Default - Colored
    • B&W - No color, just black & white
    • Bluerint - Render the game to look like a blueprint
    • Retro - Old school black-green screen
  2. Textures filtering may be turned on by “Enable filtering” checkbox - filtered textures are drawn less sharp. But it may slow down the application, so it is disabled by default.
  3. Sounds & Music Turns On/Off sounds and music
  4. More keys - additional keys
    • 7 & 8 - Increases viper’s size
    • 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 - Mulitplies the power of laser weapon
  5. Right joystick - Swaps joystick and bombs(option for left-handed)
  6. Joystick position & size - Sets joystick’s size and position
  7. X-mas mode: enables X-mas mode available only until 20 Jan. Changing this option requires to reload application (make sure you kill the app from the background before restart).

Word War vi on iPad in action


You can find sources of Word War vi at: http://code.google.com/p/ppiecuch-projects/, splited in two pieces: modifications to the original sources (eg. additional chars, new layout etc) and some of my iOS specific sources and resources. They are fully free to use.

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About Paweł Piecuch
I am software developer and graphics designer - You can contact me at: piecuch.pawel@komsoft.ath.cx. My commercial projects are submitted under the name of my one-man business: KomSoft Oprogramowanie.