Bollix
Bollix 1.0a3
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Bollix is a word game based on a possibly familiar real-life game. Find as many words as possible on a 4x4 board of random letters in three minutes. Longer words award more points.

At the moment, Bollix is a one- or two-player game. I don't have much confidence in the networking code yet, which is why I consider this version to be Òalpha.Ó Ultimately I'd like to have network games with an arbitrary number of players.
What's New
Version 1.0a3:
  • Added two-player network play with chat
  • If you close the game window, the program quits
  • Fixed a crash caused by failed connections to the dictionary server
  • Rearranged main window and dictionary panel
  • Dictionary panel has clickable links
  • Changed timer to hourglass in toolbar
  • Removed 103,939 questionable words from the lexicon
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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nicecaman commented on 21 Feb 2006
Taken from Tiger dictionary:
Bollix |?b?l?ks| |?b?l?ks|
vulgar slang verb [ trans. ] (usu. bollix something up) bungle (a task).
plural noun variant spelling of bollocks .
bollocks |?b?l?ks| (also ballocks or bollix)
vulgar slang chiefly Brit. noun
1 [in pl. ] the testicles.
2 used to express contempt, annoyance, or defiance. ORIGIN mid 18th cent.:
plural of bollock,
variant of earlier ballock, of Germanic origin;
related to ball 1 .
[Version 1.0a3]

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burypromote

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 21 Feb 2006
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.
burypromote

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nicecaman replied on 21 Feb 2006
Sex Pistols
RIP.

Viva Nora Jones ;-)
burypromote

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g8tgod reviewed on 20 Feb 2006
Not a bad implementation of a well-known game. A few suggestions/requests:

- It'd be nice to be able to select a different dictionary. During one of the games I played, the game said that 'lashed' wasn't in the dictionary, which seemed odd. One of the official Scrabble dictionaries (TWL98, OWL, or OSPD4 for example) would be great.

- I'd love to be able to turn off the colored letter indicator. It's distracting and unnecessary. If there are 3 'L's on the board and I select L first, it lights them all up.

- The game won't let me enter a word that's not on the board. Again, I think this is unnecessary. Better to penalize the player afterwards for a word that's not on the board than to disallow the word while playing. Likewise, I'd prefer that it allow me to enter a word that's not in the dictionary, then disallow the word AFTER time is up.

- It'd be nice to allow the player to set the timer length (3-10 minutes, to allow for solo games against the computer?).

- On that last, it'd be great to be able to play against the computer. The computer should only get to keep the words the player can't find, while the players score would be based on all the words s/he can find. Make sense?

Hope you keep developing. This is a fun project.
[Version 1.0a3]


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Downloads:2,421
Version Downloads:2,421
Type:Games : Card and Board
License:Free
Date:20 Feb 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Bollix is a word game based on a possibly familiar real-life game. Find as many words as possible on a 4x4 board of random letters in three minutes. Longer words award more points.

At the moment, Bollix is a one- or two-player game. I don't have much confidence in the networking code yet, which is why I consider this version to be Òalpha.Ó Ultimately I'd like to have network games with an arbitrary number of players.


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