What is Page Eaters?
The objective of the game is to defend the web page from the page eating bugs. You can remove the bugs by tapping and flicking them off-screen. A round takes 60 seconds, and you are scored based on various criteria.
You can also stun the bugs by making a sudden movement with your device. In this case all on-screen bugs are immobilized for a short (random) period of time. You can get large bonuses for grabbing and flicking off multiple bugs with one motion.
How to play?
First of all have Firefox Mobile installed on your device. Note that while the add-on will work on the latest version of Firefox Mobile 4, it is advised to use the latest nightly build (especially on Maemo). You can try it out on a desktop version too, but some of the features will be missing (unless your PC has an accelerometer! ).
Then install the add-on by clicking the link in the end of this page (the add-on is not yet available from the mozilla add-ons site). When successful, you’ll get a new button on the right control bar of your Firefox, that lets you initiate the game.
When you press the button the game starts. The page eaters will start appearing, and eating up the text on the page.
The upper left corner contains two numbers. The first number is the number of seconds left until the round ends. The second number is the current score.
The upper right corner has a red END label, tap this at any time to end the round before the time runs out (you can’t submit a highscore this way).
To remove the bugs, tap on one, and quickly move your finger towards the edge of the screen.
That’s the basic gameplay. Don’t forget that it’s easiest to flick them off with a quick motion.
TIP: If your device has an accelerometer, then try making a quick motion with it when there are lots of bugs on screen. If you do it right, you’ll hear a clap-like sound, and the bugs will be flipped on their back, stunned for a random amount of time.
Check out the video below to see how a round of Page Eaters looks like.
There is also an options dialog where you can turn off the sound effects, and check out your best score.
Page Eaters uses a complex scoring scheme, which takes several factors, some of which are:
- Each second a small amount is given depending on the current number of bugs on the screen
- For removing a bug you get some poins, the smaller the bug the more points
- If you manage to remove more bugs in one swoop then the points are multiplied by the number of bugs removed. If you remove 2 bugs the score is displayed in yellow, 3 is orange, while 4 or more is red.
At the end of the game you can submit your score to the Page Eaters Hall Of Fame.
You can install Page Eaters from within Firefox Mobile from Mozilla’s addons site.
It is best to have the latest build of Firefox Mobile that you can download from the nightly repositories.
The game was only tested on the n900 (Maemo), and on the desktop version of Firefox Mobile.
Since I have a limited amount of time and devices to test on, I appreciate any input from people who try the game. I am especially looking for test/bug reports on Android.
Please send all bug reports, questions, suggestions, hate mail to: email@example.com
The full source code to Page Eaters is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) from Gitorious.
Code – Tamas Marki
Graphics – Krisztina Kovacs