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December 20th, 1999

[7:00 AM] Skittles! There Are Skittles Everywhere!
by Staff

John Stiles has released an update to his popular shareware game, Skittles. The new version, 2.01, brings several new features and other improvements, despite its incremental version number increase. According to Mr. Stiles:

Recently, a mad scientist at the Skittles plant unveiled his greatest creation: a batch of living Skittles, brought to life through the miracles of genetic mutation. Unfortunately, his formula had a fatal flaw—the living Skittles immediately began to multiply by the thousands! Within minutes, the plant began to overflow with Skittles. Luckily, a quick-thinking researcher quickly discovered how to fend off the rapidly multiplying creatures. The mutated Skittles became extremely reactive when grouped together—and when four Skittles of the same color touched, they would instantly vaporize!

New in version 2.01

  • Added "Best Combo" option to the high scores. Now Skittles 2 will keep track of the best chain reaction ever made, and let you replay it at any time.
  • The background for level 8 was redesigned from scratch.
  • Enhanced the aggressiveness of the computer AI on higher levels. Now the computer takes more risks, but also seems to win more often and stalemate less.
  • The game will no longer crash after the first pair of Skittles hits the floor. (This bug only affected a very small percentage of Macs.)
  • Worked around a bug in System 7 which caused the cursor to display as solid black on some Macs.
  • Fixed the InputSprocket dialog so that it will properly display icons along with the text labels.
  • Fixed the display positioning on original PowerBook G3s and other Macs which cannot use 640x480 resolution.
  • Fixed a very rare flickering effect exhibited by slower Macintoshes.

You can find more information and download links for the product at the Skittles 2 web site.

John Stiles - Skittles 2

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