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KGoldrunner v3.1 - TODO (for KDE 4.1?)
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Revised 30 Mar 2009


Done in KDE 4.0 release
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 2. Option to repeat last level, with 5 new lives, after "Game Over".

 3. Clean up and speed up the themes we ship 
    Ian Comment: Old KDE 3/2/1 themes have been dropped.  KGr now has 6
    excellent SVG themes for KDE 4, including new Black-and-White and Egypt
    themes. But Geek City especially needs work.

 4. Update the documentation, hints and messages.

 5. Dialog facelifts.

Done in KDE 4.1 and 4.2 releases
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3a. Re-organization of resize, re-load, re-render and re-paint.
    Use KPixmapCache to speed startup, after the first KGoldrunner session.

 7. In-canvas game information (what's now in the status bar): score, level,
    number of lives, with a nice font - large and readable ...
    Ian Comment: Imo the status bar has become very vanilla in KDE 4 and not
    as useful (for KGr) as it was in KDE 2-3. Partly DONE.

15. Sounds.  DONE, but sound-quality and simultaneous play not hot (in Phonon).

24. Add the Count game (17 levels), contributed by Steve Mann.

Done in KDE 4.3 release
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 9. Major rewrite, mainly of the game-engine and editor ... making possible ...

10. More accurate pause/resume.

12. Record and replay games.

13. Run demos ... especially at startup or as hints for difficult levels.

25. Add Curse of the Mummy game (20 levels), contributed by Steve Mann.

Done in KDE 4.4 release
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26. Add Mazes game (37 levels), contributed by Steve Mann.

27. Improve performance of graphics loading, rendering and cacheing.

Done in KDE 4.5 release
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30. Add Demolition game (20 levels), contributed by Lars Luthman.

Done in KDE 4.6 release
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21. Much more use of KConfig classes, e.g. to remember last game and level.
    Partly DONE in KDE 4.0.  In KDE 4.6, added save/restore of control-mode
    keyboard-mode option and game-speed settings.  All done now.

28. In keyboard mode, have an option to stop when a direction key is released.
    This should probably be a new mode: Keyboard Arcade v. Keyboard Precision?

Proposed for later KDE releases
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11. Save and reload at any instant in a game.

14. Hot-new-stuff support for themes and game sets.

18. Integration of the Scavenger game (180 new levels) and its rule-set.  This
    would also involve allowing different grid dimensions for different games,
    as a feature of the new game engine.

19. Better support for beginners, such as graphical cues for false bricks
    and hidden ladders, extra messages with "don't tell me this again", etc.

29. Add "solutions" files.  Maybe via hot-new-stuff?

To do in post-KDE 4.4 releases:
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 1. Removal of the "game over" dialog.
    Luciano Comment: I wanted to use the gamepopup stuff for that instead,
    but it's for QGraphicsView, I think, so we'll have to emulate it for the
    GameCanvas.  I find the dialog to be irritating in the context.

 6. Fix the KScoreDialog in libkdegames so that it works well for KGoldrunner,
    and write the conversion scripts for the old score files.
    Ian Comment: Facelift of old KGr highscore dialog DONE, including
    removing a redundant message box and having "-" as default player
    name (for Mauricio ;-)).

 8. A startup screen, somewhat similar to the Konqueror Help->Introduction page,
    with some common actions.  This would replace the Quick Start dialog and
    fill the central widget during the time the main graphics is loading.

16. Registration of high-scores on the Internet, incl. country of origin.

17. Use of recordings to authenticate Internet high scores.

20. Animations for death of hero and digging (e.g. death ray from enemy
    to hero and laser beam from hero to brick).

22. Improve the level editor: rect-fill with a tile type, cut-copy-paste of
    tile blocks, undo-redo etc.

23. Provide easy-to-use facilities for players to export/import/email, to each
    other, games and levels they have composed (related to 14 above?).

Some ideas for the future:
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  A.  Design and program extra game objects, such as movable bricks,
      water, teleportation exits and aquatic enemies.

      Movable bricks would be pushed up or sideways or would fall into
      an empty space, to change the maze layout.  As with fall-through
      bricks, they should look just like ordinary bricks.

      With water, the hero could jump in and swim across the surface, at
      a slower speed than on land, but the land enemies would not follow
      him.  If he has to dive below the surface, he can only hold his
      breath for a limited time before he dies.

      Teleportation exits would be connected in pairs.  If you go through
      one exit, you reappear at the other and vice-versa.

      Aquatic enemies would just make life more difficult for the hero
      in the water.  Maybe there could be amphibian enemies too.

  B.  Fancier graphics that are less grid-restricted, e.g. bricks that can
      be scissored out of a large, non-repetitive "wall" section, and trim
      that can be added to floor elements, ladders and empty space, to give
      them a more natural look, such as grass, plants, small trees and
      proper tops and bottoms for ladders.