|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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Connect 4 Online
(Wisdomdude and Marcade)
"The Big Man's Tic-Tac-Toe Goes Online in QB!"
Ever get a hankering for some online play
that isn't corrupted by slow-loading Internet scripts and unusual loopholes?
Well, look no further! Connect 4 Online allows you to play a very popular
and familiar game with people from around the world. All you need is an
IP exchange and you're set to play.
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Despite having no
intro screens, and only one screen in gameplay, Connect Four QB has plenty
of graphical merit to carry it to the "good" range. The checkers are animated,
and are dropped by a photorealisting thumb and index finger. The fonts
are clear, sporting different colors, the background is interesting enough
to keep the user occupied and everything is smooth. It has all you could
ever expect from a clone of Connect Four in any language. But as a bonus,
there is a tiny graphical display of plasma lighting which is quite impressive
and smooth. Gaudy: yes, but detractive: no. The only thing keeping Connect
Four QB from getting a "great" graphics score is the lack of a realistic
"checkers falling to the floor" simulation, which is why anyone plays Connect
Four in the first place.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||It truly is a shame
that we will never hear realistic and immersive "Connect 4" sound effects
of all those little checkers falling to the floor. No stars for you, you
*are* the weakest link, goodbye!
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|It is Connect Four,
the classic vertical checkers game. Nothing more, nothing less. Not to
say Connect Four doesn't have good gameplay, it is just the gameplay is
unoriginal. It gets full credit for being an accurate simulation, but without
any twists in gameplay, it can achieve no higher than two stars. As a showcase
program for the QB DSock port, however, the no-frills style is to be expected.
The basic rules of
Connect Four are actually closer to tic-tac-toe than any form of checks.
Players take turns dropping red and yellow checkers into a grid until either
player has four checkers connected horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
In its own right, this simplistic gameplay can generate strategies that
involve thinking ahead and offensive and defensive attacks.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
4 has not concocted any kind of pathetic story to go along with its gameplay
like some Pong or funky Snake clones. Actually, there is a story, a story
of bitter conflict within the creation of the DSock library.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|As long as you have
a friend to play with, this game will never get old. The added feature
of online play enables you to connect with any other pc in the world. It
should be noted that Connect 4 QB is the first released game to
feature true online play thanks to V1ctor's QB version of the Dossock library
which he wrote (called "DSock"), winning a race that included games like
Future Software's Bomberman and the infamous Subshock, not forgetting the
SSNet tester program, Bork.
While you will find
yourself playing it again and again, games are short and unchanging. You
will grow tired of it about as fast as you grow tired of playing Connect
4 or any other board game in real life, but thanks to its smooth online
play and chat/diss capabilities you wont bury this one in the closet of
your hard drive just yet.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|As one of the few
games with a multiplayer mode and no single-player mode, this was a hard
category to pick because there is no way to "beat" the game. As a challenge
between two players, however, it requires heavy cognitive abilities, or
at least more than any online QB tic-tac-toe program can boast. So while
it has the drawback on not being able to enjoy this game itself, playing
with anyone short of an idiot will require to put your brain to the test,
earning Connect Four QB an average score.
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Because it's a reflection
of how fun the game experience is during testing, Fun factor has become
sort of a corrective tilt in V Planet's review system. Games that dont
excel in any technical category can still be very excellent, and Connect
Four QB is one of those games. Many of us never expected to hear the words
"online play" to enter the Quickbasic lexicon, but here we are, and I for
one am very pleased with the results. Connect Four is a simple game anyone
can play, it can be played by and with anyone with online capabilities
and is simply fun to play. Like many old video games (and old board games
for that matter) less is more, and Connect Four is a perfect example of
how something so basic (parden the pun) can be so revelating and enjoyable
as an experience. Play this one... you will enjoy it.
Connect 4 Online
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 14/35
download Connect 4 Online (159KB), click here.
game works for two players online only. You must know your IP address and
the IP address of your opponent before playing.
play Connect 4 Online, unzip the file and run "CONNECT4.EXE".
Back to Puzzle
out of 35 points
Highs: An online QB game with good graphics
and a chat feature. Perfect for casual play.
Lows: The lack of a one-player or two-player
non-online mode makes this game impossible to play without an appointment.
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