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Project Description

Pass The Puzzle is a frantic party game in which players have to come up with words quickly to avoid having a timer going off on their turn!

When a round starts, the computer displays a few letters on the screen and starts a timer which goes off at an unknown time. Players try in turn to think of a word that contains all of the displayed letters. You can pass around a soft toy or another safe object to show whose turn it is. This object represents a "bomb" which may explode in your hands. When the timer goes off, the player with the "bomb" loses the round.

At the beginning of the game, the players may agree to play words (terms, phrases or names) from a given category. For example, you could choose the category "Countries" and then the terms everyone has to think of must be country names.

Players should also agree on a condition to end the game. For instance, each player can start with 3 "lives". Each time he or she is caught with the exploding "bomb", a "life" is deducted. Players who run out of "lives" cannot participate further in the game, and the final survivor is declared the winner. Alternatively, the game can continue as long as the players want, but the one caught with the exploding "bomb" has to pay a forfeit.

The standard game allows letters to be used anywhere in the word or term, as long as there are at least as many of each type of letter in the word or term as there in the puzzle. For example, for the puzzle "FOO", "confront" is a valid word because it contains two "O"s, but "condone" (because it does not contain an "F") and "front" (because it contains only one "O") are not.

The following restrictions can be added to make the game more challenging, and they can be combined.

Begin with a shown letter

One of the letters must be the first letter of the word or term. For example, for the puzzle "FOO", you can have "overflow" and "follow" because they begin with either "F" or "O", but not "workflow".

End with a shown letter

One of the letters must be the last letter of the word or term. For example, for the puzzle "FOO", "roof" or "folio" are acceptable because they end with either "F" or "O", but "roofs" is not.

Letters are in given order

The letters must appear in the word or term in the same order as given in the puzzle. They need not be next to each other (unless the next variation is also used). For example, for the puzzle "FOO", "floor" and "follow" are valid, but "roof" and "comfort" are not because the letters "OOF" and "OFO", respectively, are in the wrong order.

Letters are consecutive

All the letters must be next to each other in the word or term, but they need not be in the given order (unless the previous variation is also used). For example, for the puzzle "FOO", your word must contain "FOO" (e.g. "fool"), "OFO" (e.g. "profound") or "OOF" (e.g. "roof"), but "conform" and "spoonful" are disallowed because the "n" is in the way.

Have fun!

Pass The Puzzle is licenced under the GPL (GNU General Public Licence).

Pass The Puzzle is © by CMG Lee and Timwi, 2009-2011.
Pass The Puzzle uses the 'FMOD Sound System', copyright © Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd., 1994-2009.

Last edited Nov 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM by CMGLee, version 6