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LocationBlazing Games - Ultimate Retro Project - Volume 4 - Episode 45

Ultimate Retro Project
Episode 45: Classic Circle Word

Find all the words in the list

Page Last Updated: September 21, 2006


Circle Word is a very simple game that newspapers and English teachers tend to use. Quite simple, you have to find a list of words hidden in a jumble of seemingly random text. This works well for older teletype machines as outputting a bunch of text is what they are good at. Unfortunately, this game sends the output to your screen not your printer, but if you wanted to you could always take a screen shot of the game and print it. I personally just try to find each word in order right on the screen.

Using the Console

Creating text games is interesting, but my goal was also to present the game in a way that would simulate a teletype machine as close as possible. This is why the game uses my console.

My Teletype Emulator is designed to simulate playing the game on an old teletype machine, down to the dot matrix output. Anybody who has used an old printer knows how slow they were. They were also noisy, but out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to leave the noise out.

For getting input from the user, I decided to go with a fancy LCD model, in which what you type will be send to a LCD display for your approval before being transmitted to the machine. Unlike real machines, my terminal is intelligent and will only let you enter something when the program is requesting input. Any other typing is ignored!

Playing the Game

The first thing to do is to select which list of words you want the puzzle generated from. Next you select the difficulty of the puzzle to be generated. Once selected, the puzzle will be printed out on the screen. You can then press enter to start the creation of another puzzle.

System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets.

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PLAY Classic Circle Word

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