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Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
Posted by Ryan on 20 November 2013, 03:29 GMT

Find DoctorToday's double feature is noteworthy due to the unique undertaking of Zhen "snoopyzz" Zeng. Due to cultural barriers, some of the things presented here might not be accurate; I apologize in advance for any inaccuracies and welcome any corrections or additional details.

E-dictionaries were extremely popular, portable devices a couple of decades ago. Especially in China, some of the most popular models among kids were the CC800 and PC1000, and were intended for school-aged individuals to learn English. Almost completely eliminated by the coming of smartphones, you might think of them as a stripped-down version of the more rudimentary instantiations of PDAs that were popular in the West some time ago.

Find DoctorAs any calc fan will know, anything with a screen and processor will draw in curious and talented coders, and E-dictionaries were no exception. A handful of games were available for the platforms, mostly programmed in LAVA. Zhen has put in a lot of work porting a handful of these games over to the 68k line of TI calcs, two great examples being Tank2004 and Find Doctor. Tank2004 is a nice clone of Battle City, which is always a crowd-pleaser. Find Doctor, on the other hand, is an adventure/puzzle game where you search the world and use items to solve a mysterious crime involving science!

Great work on the ports, Zhen! It's wonderful to see this software kept alive on our calcs!

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Re: Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
Chickendude Account Info
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It's cool to see some more 68k activity! I also don't know of any other games with Chinese text, did you have to draw all the characters yourself or did you base them off of something else? The closest i could find to something similar was a page on adding Chinese support to a GameBoy reader (see link).

Reply to this comment    21 November 2013, 16:59 GMT

Re: Re: Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
Ryan Boyd Account Info
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From what I recall of the source code that I saw, I believe that a text display function was written and simply displayed the translated text in English.

Reply to this comment    21 November 2013, 17:32 GMT

Re: Re: Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
snoopyzz  Account Info

I had also make the chinese text version of this games.
And some other games, that just had only the chinese version, I didn'd upload. Because, I had not enough time to translat them into English.

Reply to this comment    26 November 2013, 08:40 GMT

Re: Re: Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
snoopyzz  Account Info

I make the chinese font files, and solve the display functions. I finished 8pixel, 9pixel, 10pixel and 12pixel Chinese Font Files.

Reply to this comment    26 November 2013, 08:41 GMT


Re: Re: Tank2004 and Find Doctor - E-dictionary Games on Calcs
snoopyzz  Account Info
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The Link is the Tank2004, it's include two language version - English & Chinese.(12x12 chinese Font)

Reply to this comment    26 November 2013, 08:42 GMT

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