By TONY GREENWOOD :1993
WRITTEN USING S.T.O.S. BASIC
doc file by Keefy
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GRIDCROSS is a two-player strategy game ( it dosen't have to
be but it's a lot more fun with two players ). Using the mouse
the aim of the game is to defeat your opponent by making your way
from one end of the grid to the other ( depending on which player
you choose ). Player One has to make his way from the top to the
bottom, Player Two has to make his way from the bottom to the top.
The first player to reach the opposite end of the grid is the
Easy huh?. I'm afraid that's what Tony thought as well so he
decided to put in a few obstacles to hinder your progress. As you
will see, littered all over the grid are an array of little tests
and challenges which you must overcome before you can continue
your turn. Do it right and you will take the square and gain a
chance of advancing another. Get it wrong, and you'll get
absolutely no sympathy whatsoever and stay right where you are. To
pass the test you will need nerves, skill, brainpower and, most
importantly, blind luck.
Below follows a few simple details about the game, although
the game itself is mostly self-explanetory.
You must start with a square at either the top or the bottom
of the grid, depending on which player you are. You may only move
forwards or sideways one square at a time. ( So it's no use
clicking at the other end when you've just started because it wont
let you ). The type of test you take is dictated by the colour of
the square you have selected. Clicking with the right mouse
button over the square will tell you the type of challenge that
lurks underneath. Whilst clicking with the left mouse button will
actually select it and away you go ( simple really ).
FREE SQUARE----Really tough one this, click on this and you won't
have to do a challenge. As if that wasn't enough, you'll also
take the square AND get to choose another square.
SHOOT THE BIRDY-----Use the mouse to control the gunsight and
blast the poor little birdy out of the sky, but be careful you
only get one shot per turn.
BLOCKER--------Exactly that, no tests with this one either, they
just sit in your way and annoy you when you have to go round them.
CONUNDRUM-------When you select this one a random jumbled up word
appears, your task is to type in the word with the letters in the
correct order. ie. DDEA=DEAD. But you must be quick because the
computer won't wait forever.
FIND THE ACE-----Three cards will appear at random face down, you
have to select with the mouse the one which you think is the ace.
Get it wrong and it's the other guys turn.
FOLLOW THE LINE----This one is a small test of nerves, you have to
use the mouse to place the cursor to the left of the blue line but
on the green line. Then move it along the green line until you
get to the right of the red line. Leave the line and you'll have
to leave your turn till next time.
HEADS OR TAILS----Type H for heads
Type T for tails
That's a 2-1 chance, you can't possibly fail, can you?.
SHOOT THE SAUCER---Use your timing to shoot the alien spaceship
down. You get four shot's, you only need one to count, but it's
not always as easy as it looks.
QUICKSTOP---------One on One with your opponent. The aim is to
stop your blue bar at a higher position than your opponent can
stop his red bar. Use the left mouse button.
And finally ????????
MYSTERY---------Exactly that, take a chance and go for it and
you'll be rewarded with any one of the above tests.
Well that's all i think, hope this little Doc helped you out,
although i'm sure you didn't really need it anyway, did you?.
REMEMBER If you like the program or have any comments you can
Enjoy the game! and may the best player win!.
P.S. Don't forget to send Auntie Beryl a copy.