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Game Giveaway of the day — Electronics

This is an old Electronics game converted to a computer.
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Electronics was available as a giveaway on August 23, 2022!

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Break into the taiga blizzard again now on the legendary Ural 4320 truck!

This is an old Electronics game converted to a computer. We need to collect eggs in a basket. The game also has 3 difficulty levels. The company Mantis tried on the game.

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

Ashoot

Homepage:

https://ashoot.itch.io/electronics

File Size:

111 MB

Price:

$5.00

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#3

A kilowatt's better than nothing! LOL. Oh, and belated condolences for the loss of your little friend, WR. Sailorbear, I've been meaning to say thanks for all your conscientious reviews. Like Whiterabbit, you've gone "above and beyond the call of duty". Thanks again.

Posted to pass on something minor, and ruminate a little. Tried 3 of Ashoot's games and they are not compatible with my XP. Get the "not a valid Win32 application" notice. Could be, too, that they are only 64 bit compatible, which is, of course, the current norm. Will probably refrain from testing further of his offerings unless it looks like a real winner, making it worth the potential (short term, "nudge, nudge, wink, wink") disappointment if it won't run. This is different from the previous problem, where it was all of the Itch game installers which weren't compatible, thus no installs at all. All of the recent Itch's I've tried install properly, thanks GGOTD or Itch for that.

Btw, to wax philosphical, something I'm observing. Some of these Unity engine designed games seem rather large for such relatively simple games, compared to the older standard. We've received scores of games here that are more complex than some of these whose sizes were in the 10-20 meg range. In fact, the only weekend games that eclipse these Unity games in size - usually Hidden Object - are full of detailed graphics and often relatively complex animations. The old standard for home software development was, of course, pre .net framework Visual Basic, which required more "hand coding" ,if you will, than the modern game engines, like Unity. It fell out of vogue, partly because it was the old principal source of "Blue Screen of Death" errors, mainly when developers tried to address commands to the graphic chips directly, rather than going through Windows. Windows long ago successfully implemented a virtual "layer" of instruction handling to mitigate this - and released a .net framework based version of VB - though the occasional developer using old VB violates this and manages to cause the occasional crash. However this, and old Visual Basic, are mostly a thing of the past. Of course, to be fair, VB often uses code already built in to Windows - mainly Dynamic Link Libraries - though, on the other hand, these are usually quite small.

Apparently, all of these games from Ashoot are actually small, but are built around a 112.3 MB code text file which, I assume, contains all of the necessary Unity code. This is also present in the recently given away Memory Game from another developer on Itch.

I don't know if any of that is particularly important, other than, perhaps, a realization that no game we get that's been built with Unity may be less than 100 MB, but, in this age of terabyte storage... And I only have 4 examples from 2 developers to compare, so this may be only 1 way to develop a game in Unity.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

watcher13,

Hi Watcher13, thank you for your feedback and condolences .

Regarding the text file; it was brought up last year by another community member. I decided to see if the games run without the text file and they do, so it seems odd that it is included. It's included in every game we get from Falcoware. Those odd games that we've received that were from Falcoware that have also been released on Steam. I've had a few of those a=on Steam and the text file isn't included in those. It doesn't appear to have any malicious content and as you said with most community members now having terabyte storage, such sizes are a drop in the ocean.

I remember back in the early 90's when I was doing my teaching diploma. I was often in the computing room and got quite friendly with the lab tech there. At the time I was still using a 386 with Win 3.1 and a 40MB hard drive that used Windows compression to increase it's size to (I think) 60MB. I could only run a couple of decent AAA games on it at a time as Windows took up a good proportion of the drive. Where most of the games I was playing back then e.g. Darklands at 11MB in size and a tank game that I mentioned yesterday called Tank: M1A1 Abrams Battle Simulation that was slightly smaller. I could just about fit both games on my computer at the same time, but if I wanted to put any other AAA game on, such as Epic, I'd have to delete one of them.

Anyway, the lab tech rushed into the computing lab one da and was gushing about his new hard drive purchase, which was 1GB in size. I remember thinking wow 1000MB; how jealous I was. Several years later I was throwing away 1GB drives.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

I smashed a finger on my right hand in the patio door on Monday evening so I am trying my best to type out this review. I did email my doctor with pictures and hoping that it does not get worse as I was bleeding quite a bit which since it happened to have stopped.

Today's game seems to be inspired by older classic Atari Games. There is one in particular called Kaboom where you have to catch projectiles (bombs) in a basket. Let one drop and you lose a life. You can see the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTi4wjcxG0o

It's a 41 second video which will get you right to the point on how this game compares to todays giveaway.

Gameplay is super simple you just move your paddle left and right to catch the eggs. This game lacks analog control particularly the ability to precisely move your paddle left and right using the mouse which would significantly make playing the game easier. Speaking of easier, I started out with the easy level and the game was throwing surprises at me as its a different pattern it throws out eggs every time.

I guess I kind of giggled when that happened but then I realized that its the nature of the game.

Its not a fancy game by any means but it may take you back memory wise to those games on Atari 2600 where you had to use the paddle to play the games.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,
get better soon!

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Ouch, hope it's not too serious as I need you to post more reviews ;)

Your injury reminds me of an incident with my oldest son back in the early 90's. I'd been given an old photocopying machine from work, which needed some maintenance. I'd taken the side off to clean it. The rollers for moving the paper (which was on a roll of paper around 20 meters in length if unrolled) was moved by what looked like a miniature bicycle chain. I was so engrossed in what I was doing I'd not noticed my then 9 month old son crawl (he was a bottom crawler) up to the machine and as I was cranking the machine to turn the receiver for the photocopying paper, he stuck his index finger into one of the gears that was turning the chain and it literally flattened the end of his finger. Thankfully there was no real damage caused just a little bruising. I felt awful after the event having not ensured the place was made safe before working.


Sorry for the late reply. I was off line all day then took a cat nap until recently. Thankfully one of the admins moderated.

By the time the guys had completed the solar panels, the sun had gone behind rain clouds. We managed to get under a kilowatt of energy in our first day, lol

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Hope your hand heals fast.

Take care.

Reply   |   Comment by delenn13  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

Not sure if I'll be able to post a full review today. We have guys coming early tomorrow morning before this game goes live. We are having solar panels fitted (finally).

We went ahead several years ago; paid a deposit then sent the remainder of the cash (around £5000; luckily as a cheque). They were supposed to start on a particular day; no one turned up, after phoning without success for almost a week, I finally got through to a secretary who told me they had gone into liquidation. She also said she hadn't put our cheque in the bank because she had been forewarned of it. We phoned our bank to cancel the cheque just in case it still got cashed. We lost our deposit of around £400. That put us off going ahead with other companies until recently when a neighbour had the work done, so we got the same guys.

Anyway; I think they will be disconnecting the electrics on and off throughout the day, so it's doubtful I'll be able to post anything. I'll check back in the evening to see if I need to moderate anything.

I managed to grab literally a few moments only before retiring last night.
Electronics:
In Brief:
Catch the falling eggs in the basket using the left and right arrow keys or the A & D keys to move the basket left and right. There are three difficulty levels. Every egg you drop, you lose a life. The level appear endless until you've lost all of your lives. The easy mode gives you four lives, the medium and hard modes three lives.

Graphics are very basic. There appears to be only one level.

It's an okay time waster during short coffee/tea breaks, but not a game I'd be playing for more than 10 minutes at a time, and once I got to a point where I couldn't improve on my catches, I'd give up on it totally. It would be much improved with additional levels
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You can see a video of game play HERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Whiterabbit-uk,

p.s. I did a security check and it found no issues. I forgot to post it last night:


Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 59 antimalware engines.

You can see the scan via the following link:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/580f018dcde33b5e9cf5800871bc72d61eae9fa0de985aa07cbdd1a9815577a2?nocache=1

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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