We have a very simple game that is currently only built to run as an application on a local machine. This game needs to be recreated for Flash so that it can be run as a web application through a browser.
You can download the application here:
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We need you to recreate this game exactly as it exists now. Additionally, we would like to make a few enhancements. The game will be used in a school experiment. We will give it to students who will access it through a link in their web browser. We will host the game on our own server and specify the URL link for the students. The game will be played at the same time by up to 100 students.
Each game is played by a single human player who throws a ball with two or three other computer players. It is designed so that the human player thinks that other players are humans playing with him online.
This game is not meant to be fun and entertaining. We are using it for a science experiment. Please DO NOT make fun enhancements to the new version of this game. We want the new game to look almost exactly like the existing game. The only changes are (1) greater functionality that we specify below, (2) ability to be accessed through a web browser, (3) smoother animation of the cartoons in the game.
With regard to the smoother animation we would like you to recreate the images that currently exist. You can make them higher quality, and the movements should be smoother, but the general shape and motion of the cartoons should remain the same. Keep the speed of the game the same in the new version.
Currently when you play the game, it makes you pick a settings file. The new version will not have this. In the new version, the settings will be determined by the parameters in the URL.
The URL link will contain various parameters that will determine how the game is presented.
(1) “Teamwork” parameter: This specifies one of the 12 game types that determine how many times the player is thrown the ball and how many other players are in the game. The different game types can be found in the settings folder of the application.
(2) “Player picture” parameter: Determines whether the cartoon players are labeled with (1) only text or (2) a photo and text. If the parameter specifies that the players are labeled with a photo and test, we want to be able to include a link to the photo in the parameter.
(3) “Chat box” parameter: This is a NEW FEATURE. We need to have the option of including a chat box below the player, so that the player can post messages that seem like they are being sent to the other players. All of the players entries need to be saved in the log file. The log file is described below. The log file data from the chat box will contain time stamp and message text. When the chat box parameter is turned off, there should be no box shown.
See attached table for LOG file requirement.