Tetripz

By YellowOnline on Tuesday 18 December 2012 22:16 - Comments (3)
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Back in the 90s, I had a friend who was older and much more l33t than me. Also, he smoked way too much pot. It didn't stop him from creating a great Tetris-clone together with some friends called Tetripz. Since 1997, a few Tetripz-clones have spawned too, but none all too successful and surely not as nice as the original Tetripz - Tetris on LSD.


http://www.pouet.net/screenshots/7028.jpg


Mute Fantasies, as they called themselves, do not exist anymore. Their Tetripz does: because it was popular in the warez underground back then, it's still lingering on the internet as abandonware. The problem is: it was made for a 486 with a VESA card. Don't even try to run this on your Windows 8 :)

First I should perhaps explain a bit what the game is about: well, it's Tetris where you can choose the kind of drugs you want to be on (from coffee to DMT) and the dose you want to take (from 1 to overdose). Depending on these settings, you get a totally psychadelic version of Tetris. Try DMT overdose: I didn't get past 12 lines when trying it today :+

So how to install it? First: get it. As said earlier: it's abandonware, so you don't have to worry about it being illegal. Download it here for example.

I found some posts on the internet of people trying to run it in a VM but didn't succeed. I can confirm, I didn't get it to run on any of my VMs from around that period (Windows 95/Windows 98), but you can get it to work with DOSBox (freeware). Install DOSBox and now comes the important part: open the configuration file which you can find in C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\DOSBox\dosbox-<version>.conf in your favourite editor (Notepad++ FTW!)

Note: That's somewhere in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\ApplicationData on older (pre-Vista) systems. In my case (Windows 8 ), for example, it's C:\Users\YellowOnline\AppData\Local\DOSBox\dosbox-0.74.conf.

In this configuration file:

* Under [dosbox] change the machine attribute to the following:

code:
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machine=vesa_nolfb


* Under [CPU] change the following values according to my snippet:

code:
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2
cputype=pentium_slow
cycles=max


If you're not used to using DOSBox: create a folder that will be your virtual C-drive and put a folder in it with Tetripz. Then get down in the config file to [autoexec] and add the following:


code:
1
2
MOUNT C <full path to the folder you created>
C:


For my Belgian compatriots, add this line too:

code:
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KEYB BE


Save the file and start up DOSBox. Navigate to the Tetripz folder and run TETRIPZ!.EXE to extract the game. Then, run TETRIPZ.EXE to play the game. Play it with two, in split screen, for even more fun!

Here's a video I recorded that showcases some of the Tetripz gameplay:




From their README.TXT:
The main menu offer three choices, START, to begin the game in the
current mode and dose. OPTIONS, to change the current mode, dose, to
set key and video configuration. CHILL, to exit the game.

There are 3 different modes, singleplayer, two pit and tetroid.
Two pit is a standard 1v1 mode, and tetroid is a standard 1 versus
computer. In the two player modes (two pit and tetroid) tetripz
offers so called 'mana-effects' to irritate your opponent even more.
Your amount of mana power rises whenever you score more than one
line at a time. Hit your mana key at the right moment to swap your
oppenents keys, give him a pitquake or a heavy block, whatever ...

Tetripz also offers 5 different stages (set in OPTIONS). These stages
correspond to different drugs. We have coffee, ganja, 2CB, LSD and
DMT. All of these can be played in ten different doses, varying from
'1' to 'overdose'.
Enjoy the legal drugs, but ...

PHOTOSENSITIE SEIZURE WARNING

A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause these "photosensitive epileptic seizures" while watching video games.

These seizures may have a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness. Seizures may also cause loss of consciousness or convulsions that can lead to injury from falling down or striking nearby objects.

Immediately stop playing and consult a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Parents should watch for or ask their children about the above symptoms - children and teenagers are more likely than adults to experience these seizures.

The risk of photosensitive epileptic seizures may be reduced by taking the following precautions:

* Play in a well-lit room
* Do not play if you are drowsy or fatigued

If you or any of your relatives have a history of seizures or epilepsy, consult a doctor before playing.





On a personal note: Kevin M., if you didn't blow yourself into oblivion and ever read this, please drop me a line :)

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Comments


By Tweakers user naarden 4ever, Tuesday 18 December 2012 23:28

I just installed DOSBox to play this game.

Now, I got a little sick and dizzy by playing this game, unlike any other games. I am not diagnosed with epilepsy by the way. And I didn't even play full-screen. One should really make a new version of the game.

Now, I am really curious how those doses are calculated. I've played several doses of coffee, LSD and DMT (I was supercurious how LSD is interpreted by the creators), but I can't imagine people drinking a single cup of coffee already experiencing those rolling bubbles across their vision and messing up colours. Even dose 1 should be an extremely unhealthy dose if that's really the case. And overdose... not even imagineable.

Also, I played LSD in dose 1 and 2, and I found it... interesting that dose 1 was making me feel... startled? Freaking out? - While dose 2 was way less that way, and more 'happy' tripping than dose 1.

But I have to say, this is very well done. If you ever speak the guys of Mute Fantasies, tell them they did a great job. :)

By Tweakers user karimmm, Wednesday 19 December 2012 17:37

Dus, deze spel is leuk als je stoned ben?

Laat ik even een paar vrienden dit spelen haha!

By Tweakers user YellowOnline, Wednesday 19 December 2012 19:23

karimmm wrote on Wednesday 19 December 2012 @ 17:37:
Dus, deze spel is leuk als je stoned ben?

Laat ik even een paar vrienden dit spelen haha!
Ik denk dat je het er stoned in ieder geval niet gemakkelijker op maakt.

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