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The goal of zblast is to shoot and destroy all enemy ships. When you get it before your ship is destroyed, you can go to a next stage (called "wave" in this game).
Unlike most of other shoot 'em up games, in zblast your ship can bear a fair amount of damage (at least 30 hits and you can gain extra energy during the game). It does not mean that you are safe -- you just need it. In fact, enemy shots are fast and the sky is FILLED with them. If you enjoy surviving a rain of laser beams by dodging them, you may need another package.
The most interesting part of zblast is its music. With the abstract graphics (simple line-only diagrams), zblast can provide a taste of cyber-space.
Two versions of the zblast program are available, one uses svgalib and one uses X11. This package contains X11 version of the game. The command is named "xzb" rather than "xblast" because there is already another xblast (a bomberman clone).
zblast 1.3 - shoot the thingies for Linux console, or X. Copyright (C) 1993-2003 Russell Marks. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful more»
The auto-fire is rather slow because the upstream thinks it is a bit of a cheat (see the manpage). If you want a faster auto-fire, you have to compile zblast by yourself. Modify the macro DELAY_AUTO_FIRE in zblast.c as you like. The upstream stripped the delay adjustment feature from my original patch. -- Oohara Yuuma <email@example.com> Wed, 3 Apr 2002 03:16:05 +0900 some tips for the gam more»
ZBLAST(6) Games ZBLAST(6) NAME zblast, xzb - blast the bad guys (svgalib and X versions) SYNOPSIS zblast/xzb [-small] [-dbuf] [-nomusic] [-nosound] [-autofire] DESCRIPTION zblast is a shoot-'em-up. OPTIONS -small on xzb, use a 320x240 window instead of the default 640x480. On zblast, use 320x200 (quicker) more»
zblast (1.3-3) unstable; urgency=low * QA upload. + Set maintainer to Debian QA Group <packag more»
2003-08-22 Russell Marks <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Version 1.3. * Updated displayed copyr more»
This package was debianized by Peter Novodvorsky <email@example.com> on Sat, 16 Dec 2000 20:08:25 +030 more»