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More information and change logs on itch.io: https://devurandom.itch.io/traveling-across-europe
This is a port of the 1997 educational game by Aleksandr Chudov, "Путешествие по Европе" ("Traveling across Europe") originally made for the Dendy game console. The goal is simple: to visit every country on this map of Europe and answer basic questions about the countries.
Notable differences from the original
- it's in English, not Russian
- the map is of modern-day Europe and features more countries, including Scandinavia and more of Eastern Europe
- since the map is larger, a password system was added that will remember the visited countries
- the slot machine minigame is made simpler, because in the original the RNG cheated a lot in the player's favor
You start off with €100 and a choice of any country to start from. Visiting a country requires correctly answering the question of what it's named. In addition, questions about the country's capital, flag and neighbors can give you extra money.
Visiting other countries requires money based on the distance. Money is earned either via correctly answering questions or playing minigames that are available whenever you don't have enough. (You can also train at the minigames from the title screen.)
Directional buttons: move the cursor on the map, move the menu item cursor, interact with the minigames
X button: slow down the cursor on the map, exit the minigames
O button: choose the country, choose the menu item, interact with the minigames
The password system uses 12-character passwords to store the list of countries visited, your last location and a rough amount of money (€50, €100, €200 or €400). The password is available in the pause menu, whenever you have at least 50 euro and have visited at least one country. Selecting the item in the pause menu copies the password to your device's clipboard.
If you have a valid password in the clipboard and PICO-8 can see it (you might need to press CTRL-V for that), the "paste" menu item is available on the password screen.
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