There are about 108 titles in my list for the T section, and so I’m expecting this to be another month-long adventure.
Before we get started though, I have a couple of small disclaimers.
First, I am going to lump about five different toys here in one post, mostly because they all devolve from the same game, and I’d just as soon take a nice big swipe at the T section, right off the bat.
Second, I will admit I don’t have much love for 2048 on the whole. I think it’s oversimplistic, wannabe-mathematical and just plain pseudointellectual.
So I’m going to abbreviate for the renditions of 2048 that I have, and give a quick list of pros and cons. If you’re way into it and need something that will play across ssh while you’re bored at work, you can take your pick and I won’t judge.
OK. Ready? Let’s go.
Pros: Good use of color, easy to read, borderless, compact, uses arrow keys. Cons: Only one terminal size, no high score list that I could find.
Overall: Probably the best all-around version, and one of the easiest to read.
Pros: Strict ASCII, uses vi directional keys, exceedingly light. Cons: Scrolling style. No color, no animation, has the feel of a programming challenge or class homework.
Overall: The obvious choice for ultralight or ancient text-only systems, or across limited network connections.
Pros: Bash-driven. Strict ASCII, but “animated.” Decent use of color. Uses arrow keys. Cons: Some color inconsistencies, I think. No high score list, I think.
Overall: Not a bad game, tries hard with color but using ncurses line drawing instead of hyphens-and-pipes would be a step up.
Pros: Excellent color use, fullscreen, symmetrical layout. Great visual appeal. Cons: Not many; reduce clutter by removing the dividing bars. Use some empty screen space for metadata, a la Tetris or classic arcade games (high scores, player names, etc.).
Overall: Probably closest to a console application 2048 game, per se. A little touching up and it could be the leader of the pack.
Pros: Minimalist. Nice color use. Svelte. Smallest footprint. Keeps a high score list. Cons: Python, which may drag on old, old machines. No fullscreen.
Overall: Definitely the choice of the hipster-hornrims-coffee-house-tiling-window-manager set. The only one to track scores, that I can tell.
That’s what I have now, and if you like you can send me others. To be honest though, I’m probably most likely to just tack a link on the end of this post, rather than feature them individually. I don’t have enough love for the game, and there’s a lot out there that’s done better.
If you’re putting together a similar program for fun or as a challenge, don’t be discouraged by my disinterest.
Come up with something on par with that, and not only will you have my curiosity, but you will have my attention. Get to work, people. 😈