You tried it, and it doesn't work!
But what exactly went wrong? To know, you'd have to campare with
what happens when it works correctly.
Here is what should ideally happen:
On the web page, there should be a button that says "Play Game".
If you press it, a "Runtime Diagnostics" window should appear, and a bunch
of text should appear in it as files are loaded from the web site.
For the curious, here is the text that
The main Space Jewels window should appear, with a blob
in the middle that says "Click to Continue".
((the gratuitous mouse click is required to overcome
a problem in Microsoft Internet Explorer))
If you click, the blob should go away.
You should be able to see your white ship in the middle of the screen,
and three stars with text around them.
The stars should be pulsating, two green and one blue.
You should be able to turn your ship with the arrow keys.
You should be able to thrust with the spacebar. The ship stays in the middle
of the screen -- the other stuff should start moving.
You should be able to fly around until you hit a green star. (The stars
are really wormholes.)
When you hit a green wormhole, it should get huge and shake, then suddenly
When the wormhole disappears, your ship should suddenly be realigned to
point straight up.
A bunch of jewels should come out of the middle (from under your ship),
like that flying-through-space screensaver.
The jewels should all suddenly stop, and they will start changing color
in unison. The upper right corner of the window should show your decreasing
amount of time left.
You should be able to fly your ship around and collect jewels.
If you click on the window (or select a different window), the game should
pause and you should get the "Click to Continue" blob.
Clicking again should resume the game.
If you collect all the jewels, the wormhole should change from blue to
green so you can enter it.
But if you're new at this, your time will run
out first, and the wormhole will turn red and suck you in.
Either way, you'll travel
back through the wormhole to the multi-wormhole place.
If you've gotten this far, it's probably working!
Known "Platform, Failure Mode" Table
||Internet Explorer 3.0
|Windows NT 4
||doesn't get to step 4,
diagnostics window: "game destroyed"
|Linux (red hat, X-windows, 8-bit color, 800 x 600)
||10/24/98: stars disappear at step 8
||doesn't get to step 1
|Power Mac G3, MacOS 8.1
Can you contribute a new row for this table?
Send me the info,
and I'll let you know as soon as it might be fixed.