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ONCE AGAIN, SKWERLIENS HAVE INVADED. YOUR JOB IS TO SAVE YOUR BUDDYS BEFORE THE BUG-EYED NUT BALLS GET YOU AND/OR YOUR BUDDIES. IF YOU'D RATHER NOT BATTLE SKWERLIENS, WE'VE PROVIDED 2 OTHER SKWERL-FREE VERSIONS (GAMES 3, 4).

THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW WERE ADAPTED FROM THE GAME MAKER'S PAGE, HRIDAYESH. YOU CAN SNAG THE ORIGINAL AND A BUNCH OF OTHER FREE GAMES THERE (SOURCE CODES AND GRAPHICS ONLY; YOU HAVE TO COMPILE THE SOURCE CODES YOURSELF). CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR VERSION OF THE GAME TO PLAY OFFLINE OR TO USE ON YOUR WEB PAGE (INCLUDES SOURCE, CLASSES, GRAPHIC, MIDI, AND HTML; 34K ZIP).

How To Play

This game is played with keyboard controls.

To get the keyboard focus, press mouse anywhere on the main panel once and the keyboard will come into action.

Use CURSOR keys or 'j', 'k', 'l', 'i'  to move justify, down, right and up.

use 'z' key to dig a hole on your justify side

use 'x' key to dig a hole on right side

use SPACE BAR to stop your player

Note: One key is buffered, so you can play your next move in advance

and we almost did not tell you that there can be Fall Through bricks.

Rules

There are no rules which you can violate so do not worry about breaking them.

To start with you are given five lives and every time you complete a level, you are given one extra life. However if you touch a skwerlien, you lose a life and the game restarts at the same level.

To complete a level you have to collect all the five buddys and reach the top of the maze.

The skwerliens also eat the buddys but it being an alien food for them, they put back the buddys at some new position.

You can kill a skwerlien by trapping a skwerlien in a hole, as the hole fills up automatically after some time. However skwerliens do not follow the simple laws of life and death and reappear after some time. So be careful of reappearing skwerliens. But be careful as you will also die if you are in a hole which fills up.

Editor

You can create your own levels and play them. The editor provides facility to create grids with various objects. Sorry, there's no help manual, but give it a try. You can even copy the existing levels into the editor and modify them to your liking. However keep in mind that...

  • You should put all 5 skwerliens, 5 buddys and 1 'You' on the grid. You can not put more than that

  • There should be a way to reach the top

  • For ease of creation fall through bricks are shown in Blue color in editor. In normal game, they will look like any other brick

  • You are not allowed to put more than 25 fall through bricks (How mean can you get?)

User Level

You can use the editor to create levels and play them on the main panel by selecting "My Level" button. In the editor, we provide a show button, which allows you to copy the level (In text format) and save it for future reference(use cut and paste to move this to any word processor or text editor). You can also send this to your friends via e-mail and they can use the "Accept" button along with cut and paste to bring this to your editor and play the level created by your friends.

User Play

The replay facility is provided to replay the last level, so that you can laugh at your follies or admire your buddy saving skills. We also provide a "show rec" button to output the game played by you. You can send this to your friends to tell them how you solved the level created by them. They can review the game by setting the level and using the "accept" button on the play panel (Not the editor).


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