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The program was written for my 7th and 8th grade students to help them learn about the binary system. Nim can be analyzed mathematically using base two. With this knowledge, a player can always win. This characteristic also makes this game a good one to put on a computer since the computer can be taught how to always win. However, this time, I have given the computer an average ability to win. It won't know how to win every time.
Recently I bought the game-programming software "Dark Basic Pro." I decided to try to redo Android Nim using Dark Basic Pro and have had a really wonderful time over the last few weeks doing so. DBP takes care of all the DirectX stuff so I could concentrate on the game ideas.
I invite anyone who would like to, to download the game "Android Nim 2D" and give it a try. I've tried to put all the animation detail in from the original, but have added much more. And again, the computer has a very egotistical and nasty reaction to losing. There's a vocabulary of 80 insulting words to let you know how it feels. This is NOT an emmulation of the 25 year old program, but a new updated version.
I have added for download the source code file for Android Nim 2D for Dark Basic Pro. I've had various people tell me in the past that they have learned a lot from looking at the code in some of my earlier programs. I hope this listing can be helpful to DBP programmers.
Please let me know what you think. And if you find bugs, let me know.
email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The downloadable program is zipped using RARLAB's WinRAR.
Requirements: a PC-type computer running at about 2 GHz or better, a fairly recent HARDWARE 3D Graphics Card, MS DirectX 9.0, and a mouse.
For proper graphics and speed, your computer's display resolution needs to be set to 16-bit at the Control Panel > Display Properties > Settings > Color Quality.
The MS WORD .doc file posted
here is the Android Nim 2D source code listing for Dark Basic Pro.
It can be looked at in WORD and copy/pasted into a Dark Basic
Project Editor. It's a 40 page document.
Android Nim 2D.doc
This is the program's HELP SCREEN: