A mini library for block-based games
DotBox is a block-based game mini library. It greatly limits what is plausible.
DotBox is free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 (or any later version). The author of DotBox is Niels Serup, contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is version 0.1.0 of the program.
Any libraries used by DotBox are GPL-compatible. Any data used by the examples included in this package is as free as DotBox itself.
Just run this (requires that you have python-setuptools installed):
$ sudo easy_install dotbox
Extract the downloaded file and run this in a terminal:
# python setup.py install
DotBox should work with both Python 2.6+ and Python 3.x.
DotBox depends on PyGame 1.8.1+ (perhaps earlier versions are also supported, though at least version 1.9.0 is needed for Python 3).
For DEB-based distros (Debian etc.): type apt-get install python-pygame
For RPM-based distros (Fedora etc.): type yum install pygame
For other distros: do something similar or get it at http://pygame.org/download.shtml
DotBox is a mini library with little functionality. Its documentation is included in its source code, so you can run this command to find out more about it (as this /is/ a 0.1.0 release, not much is shown yet; to figure out how to use DotBox, take a look the included examples instead):
$ pydoc dotbox
Instead of the lacking documentation, you can also take a look at the example games in the examples directory of this package. These games are playable.
DotBox uses a palette of 256 colors. The first 216 are the so-called “web-safe” colors (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web-safe_color#Color_table ), while the remaining 40 are grayscale.
DotBox is written in Python and uses Git for branches. To get the latest branch, get it from gitorious.org like this:
$ git clone git://gitorious.org/dotbox/dotbox.git
Copyright (C) 2011 Niels Serup
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