Colibricks frequently asked questions

Top 3

Q: The ball is moving left and right horizontally. It takes forever to get down. What can I do?
A: You can nudge the game using the space bar.

Q: I have lost my registration code. Can you send it to me again?
A: Just visit https://secure.kagi.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/PQ and give enough information about your order so we can make sure the code is not sent to someone pretending to be you. You should then be able to see all details of the transaction, including the registration code.

Q: Do you have a Windows version of Colibricks?
A: Not yet. I've been meaning to make one for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it yet. As soon as I find enough spare time, I will.

Registration

Q: I have lost my registration code. Can you send it to me again?
A: Just visit https://secure.kagi.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/PQ and give enough information about your order so we can make sure the code is not sent to someone pretending to be you. You should then be able to see all details of the transaction, including the registration code.

Q: How do I register?
A: Via the internet: "http://order.kagi.com/?3KQ". The site contains instructions on many different payment methods.

Q: Why should I register?
A: The demo only contains 6 levels of various difficulty. With the registration code, you can play all 50 levels. And it's only $25! Also, it will encourage the author to make more software.

Q: I can't even finish the demo. Why should I register then?
A: After the third level, the demo skips a lot of levels to give you a more complete idea of the game. In the full game, the difficulty goes up more smoothly after level 3. And you can activate the randomizer so you can play levels you normally wouldn't be able to reach. Also, training mode allows you to let the game go slower, or give you a bigger paddle, etc...

Q: I have registered Colibricks. Can I unregister it?
A: Just delete the Colibricks preferences file, as described under "Technical" below.

Q: I have entered a registration code I found on a cracker site, and it seemed to work at first, but now the game is crashing all the time. How do I enter a proper code?
A: The crashes are an intentional part of the registration protection mechanism. Delete the Colibricks preferences file, as described under "Technical" below. You can then register the game by buying a proper code.

Q: Can I copy this game for my friends?
A: Yes, as long as you don't include your registration code. (And not the preferences file either, of course, since the code is hidden in there). You must also copy all accompanying readme files (readme, faq,...). The easiest way is just copying the original archive, or otherwise the complete Colibricks folder.

Q: Can I include the game on a CD or DVD (e.g. magazine CD, shareware collection)?
A: Yes, if it is clearly included as a free demo without registration code. You may not make money from Colibricks itself, but if it's just a small part of the collection, that's permitted (and encouraged). Of course it may also be included on software download websites.

Technical

Q: The display isn't smooth. The balls stutter a lot.
A: The graphics should normally be very smooth.
- Try closing other applications. Programs like Apple Mail and others can sometimes take processor time away from the game.
- Try switching off antialiasing in the settings menu, and maybe choose a lower resolution
- Try switching off VBL Sync
If it still isn't smooth, please let me know! MichelColman@kagi.com

Q: When playing version 1.6 at a resolution of 640x480, the screen does not look as nice as the old version
A: You should not have to switch to 640x480 anymore. The game runs will look a lot sharper at higher resolutions. It is true that the game looks less smooth at 640x480, because OpenGL is not quite as good at antialiasing as the original custom code in the old version. Then again, that old code did not work in higher resolutions and only used thousands of colors.

Q: I have multiple monitors. Can I play Colibricks on a different monitor?
A: Yes. Just move the title window onto the other screen and click play. You can even switch during pause, by moving the pause window onto the other screen. (If it doesn't work, e-mail me!)

Q: How can I erase the high scores?
A: Delete the "Colibricks preferences" file (see below). You will have to re-enter your registration code and all settings will be reset to the default settings.

Q: Where is the preferences file?
A: It can be in one of these three locations:
- (home folder)/Library/Preferences/Colibricks preferences
- (main hard disk)/Library/Preferences/Colibricks preferences
- (Classic)System Folder/Preferences
Colibricks looks in these 3 locations first, in that order. If the file is not found, or if you do not have the necessary read/write privileges, a new one is created in your user's preferences folder.

Q: I have multiple user accounts on my computer. Can they share the high scores?
A: Yes, as long as you make sure the game is not open for two users at the same time because otherwise certain high scores may not be recorded. Just move the Colibricks preferences file to the global preferences folder "/Library/Preferences". That's the second place Colibricks looks, after the user's own preferences folder. You can also place the preferences file in any other location and place an alias (shortcut, symlink,...) in the preferences folder.

Q: What does "VBL Sync" mean?
A: If VBL Sync is on, Colibricks tries to synchronize the graphics with the display's refresh rate. This usually produces very smooth results, but on some combinations of computer/display, the timing is be a bit off, and it actually makes the game stutter. So if the motion isn't smooth, try switching this off.
(VBL means "vertical blank", which is when the electron beam of a CRT monitor reaches the bottom of the screen. LCD screens are not quite the same, but something similar happens anyway)

Q: Where did you get the backgrounds?
A: I got most of them from "http://imagine.metanet.com", but the site seems to have disappeared.

Q: Do you have a Windows version of Colibricks?
A: Not yet. I've been meaning to make one for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it yet. As soon as I find enough spare time, I will.

Game play

Q: The ball is moving left and right horizontally. It takes forever to get down. What can I do?
A: You can nudge the game using the space bar.

Q: Where can I find a description of all the different bricks?
A: With the Colibricks title window open, just place the mouse arrow over a brick and hold it still for about half a second.

Q: How does the laser work?
A: Of course, you have to catch the red prize balloon first. Then, hold down the mouse button continuously to use the laser. If you keep "painting" the same brick, it will be destroyed after about half a second. Be careful: if you hit a ball with the laser beam, it is destroyed instantly. The same goes for prize balloons.

Q: One of the balls is moving extremely slowly. Is that normal?
A: When balls bump into each other, it is possible for one ball to become almost motionless. This could happen, for example, if it hits another ball exactly on its side. Or if a large ball hits a smaller one head on. If you still have other balls, just keep playing and try to keep this slow ball as an extra "insurance". If it's the last ball in play, you can use the space bar to give it a nudge.

Q: Wow! Look how fast those small balls are going. How did they get so fast?
A: If a small ball hits a larger one head-on, it will bounce back at much higher speed while the larger ball is only slowed down a little. They follow precise physical laws just like in real life. If you don't believe me, roll some real glass marbles of different sizes over a flat surface and experiment!

Q: Is there a limit to the number of times you can use the space bar? Can the game go "Tilt"?
A: No. But each time you use the space bar, all balls will go a bit faster. So if you use it too many times, the balls will go so fast you can't catch them anymore.

Q: When I catch a prize, nothing happens except for a popping sound.
A: You have to catch it with the top surface of the paddle. If you hit it with the side corners, the balloon pops and you lose the prize. Otherwise they would be too easy to catch.

Q: When I catch a dark blue balloon, sometimes the paddle grows and sometimes it shrinks.
A: You have to keep track of which brick each balloon came from. It can help if you have a good look at the playing field before you start playing a level. Check if there are any "bad" prizes and make sure you keep an eye on those bricks. Also, a small paddle is not always a disadvantage!

Q: I hear voices laughing at me. Am I doing something stupid?
A: You hear this if you catch the prize that halves your points. It has the same light blue color as the doubling, tripling (etc.) prizes. But instead of multiplying the points you score, it halves them. Like in the previous question, try to keep an eye on the bricks that release these "prizes".

Q: I caught a magnet with the double paddle, and only one of the two halves gets the magnet. Is that normal?
A: Indeed. The prize only goes to the paddle that caught it. You can even have a magnet on one paddle and a laser on the other. When the paddles are re-united, the unified paddle gets the prize that had the most energy left.

Q: How do I save a game?
A: First pause the game, using 'P' or 'esc'. Then save from the Game menu. Saving only works in the registered version, and is disabled during training.

Q: Training is greyed out in the settings menu. What's wrong?
A: If a game is still in progress, you can't change training settings. You first have to abort the current game (from the game menu).

Q: I lost the last ball on level 15. But the high scores only show level 4!
A: The level number in the high scores says how many levels you played. So in the demo, or in a randomized game, level 15 could be the fourth level you play.

 

If you have any other questions, please contact the author at:
MichelColman@kagi.com



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