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XPIPEMAN(6)			 Games Manual			   XPIPEMAN(6)

       xpipeman	- connect the pipes to stop the	leaks (X Windows)


       Xpipeman	 is  a	game  of  skill	requiring the user to connect together
       pieces of a pipe	to allow a liquid to flow through without leaking out.
       The  liquid  flows out of the block marked with an "S".	The aim	of the
       game is to connect as many pieces of pipe to the	start block as	possi-

       A  random  sequence of blocks is	generated and displayed	down the right
       hand side of the	screen.	The next pipe block that has to	be  placed  is
       under  the  arrow  marked  "next".  After a block has been placed a new
       block is	displayed on the end of	the sequence and the  next  block  ap-
       pears under the arrow.

       After a period of time the liquid starts	to flow. It first fills	up the
       "flow start" meter at the right of the screen. When  this  is  full  it
       then  begins  to	 flow  out of the start	block and into any pipe	blocks
       connected to it.

       To finish  successfully each level a certain number of blocks  have  to
       be  connected to	the start. This	is indicated by	the "Remaining"	count.
       This count is decremented as the	liquid flows through the blocks.  This
       is  the	minimum	 number	 of blocks that	must be	connected, any further
       blocks connected	generate extra points. The number of blocks that  must
       be connected increases with each	level.

       To  make	 life more difficult there are also object blocks where	pieces
       of pipe cannot be placed. The number of object  blocks  also  increases
       with each level.

       Blocks  can  be moved and placed	either by using	the mouse and its but-
       tons or by using	the keyboard. For the mouse, button 1 (left) moves the
       next pipe block to the position pointed to by the mouse.	Button 2 (mid-
       dle) places a piece of pipe. Pipes may  not  be	placed	on  the	 start
       block,  objects,	 or  any filled/partially filled pipe sections.	Once a
       block has been placed it	may NOT	be moved.

       At higher levels	some pieces of pipe only let the liquid	flow  one  di-
       rection.	 These	pipe sections have an arrow within them	indicating the
       allowed flow direction. Successful connection of	one of these  sections
       earns extra bonus points.

       The  game is over when the required number of blocks have not been con-
       nected or there are no more levels (I doubt the latter will happen  be-
       fore the	first!).

       The default keyboard setup is as	follows:

	      z	     move one square left

	      x	     move one square right

	      '	     move one square up

	      /	     move one square down

	      spc    place a piece of pipe

	      tab    speed up the flow

       If  no  more  blocks can	be placed then pressing	the tab	key will cause
       the flow	to speed up.

	      Set this to the path of your personal score file.	 The file will
	      be created if it does not	exist.	The default: ./xpipescores

       In  addition  to	 the normal XToolkit options, xpipeman accepts command
       line options for	the following resource:scorefile

	      For example: xpipeman -scorefile myscorefile

       Each pipe connected to the flow scores 10 points. Any  pipe  placed  on
       top  of	another	piece of empty pipe incurs a penalty of	20 points. Any
       pipe not	connected to the flow also incurs a penalty, but this time  of
       only  10	points.	A bonus	40 points is awarded each time there is	a flow
       crossover and a bonus of	10 points is awarded for  each	one  way  pipe
       used  (later  levels).  The name	for the	high score list	comes from the
       USER environment	variable.

	 ./xpipescores -- the score file

       Type ahead may be a problem on some  slower  machines.  To  reduce  the
       problem	try to use the mouse instead of	the keyboard. (I have a	SPARC-
       station which seems to work fine!). Other tips to  reduce  type	ahead:
       plan  the  flow	by looking at the sequence down	the right hand side of
       the screen and most of all don't	panic as the flow approaches!.

       This was	written	by Nigel Paver



       with acknowledgements to	Brian Warkentine (brianw@Sun.COM).

				  7 July 1991			   XPIPEMAN(6)


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