Peter Diefenbach: Kitten

A jump&run puzzler written by me and my brother Alexander, that we wrote initially 1986 for 8-bit Atari home computers. As an exercise, I ported the game to Java. It was interesting to see how programming evolved since then.

How to start the program

No matter what option you choose: You need a Java Runtime Environment on your computer. The easiest way is to get it from www.java.com. There you can also check if you already have it installed.

A word to the programmers among you

If you want, you can download the source code.

Feel free to use the files in your own projects, as long as you name me and all other contributors to the files you took in use.
If you apply changes to my files, please inform me of the result, maybe there are more interested in your improvements.


And here's the manual:

Kitten

A jump&run - ahem, nearly, because our hero only wants to jump. But exactly that makes it a real puzzler for 1 player. With 20 Levels, and a level editor will follow soon. Many thanks to Andreas Koch, who created another set of 30 levels.

Table of Content

Introduction

Lead the young playful tom cat to his playmate. Collect some flowers on his way, or she will reject him. In his high-spirits tom cat doesn't want to run, but only jump. Springs bring him up. Hurdles and falling deep make him lose a cat's life; same if his playmate rejects him or the time is up. And to make matters worse, the greedy microflicros (small flying crocodiles) are out for prey.

Another tip: You may maneuver the tomcat in situations where you want to give up a cat's life and re-start the level.

Keyboard Actions

Action Key
Turn left LEFT
Turn right RIGHT
Huge jump in chosen direction UP
Small jump in chosen direction DOWN
Turn left and do huge jump NUMPAD 7
Turn left and do small jump NUMPAD 9
Turn right and do huge jump NUMPAD 1
Turn right and do small jump NUMPAD 3

The Menu

Game

Actions for the whole game or program.

New...

Exits the current game and starts a new one.

Exit game

Exits the current game and shows the title screen.

Re-start level

Tom cat loses a cat's life and re-starts the level.

Languages

Switches the language for the whole program.

Deutsch (Deutschland)
English (United States)
Quit

Quits the program.

View

Modern graphics on/off

Switches between original and modern graphics.

Event sounds on/off

Turns event-specific sounds on or off.

Background music on/off

Turns the background music on or off.

?

Some information about the program.

Help...

Displays some help about this program.

About...

Displays information about this program.

Start a new game

When you start a new game, you can select which levels you want to play.

Level-Set

The game leads through those levels

Level

Starting level within the level set

The screen content

This section describes what you see on the screen while playing.

Above the level

POINTS

The number of points you already achieved through all the levels you played. You get points for collecting flowers and for finishing a level well in time.

Number of cat's lifes

The number of white cats in the upper right corner shows the number of cat's lifes you have left.

FLOWERS

The number of flowers you have still to collect this level to appease your playmate.

TIME

The number of time slices (of roughly 5 seconds) you have left to finish this level.

Below the level

SCREEN

The levels in a level set are numbered. Here you see the number and the name of the level.

The level itself

  Tomcat

The protagonist you control.

  Playmate

When you reach the playmate with enough flowers collected, you have succeeded the level. If not, you lose one cat's life.

  Wall

An impediment.

  Block

An impediment.

  Flower

Collect!

  Hurdle

When you jump onto a hurdle, you will lose a cat's life.

  Spring

Brings you up.

  Microflicro

A small flying crocodile, out for prey. Don't let it catch you, or you will lose a cat's life.