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1. About the game

Created in New Zealand, the country that brought you King Kong and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy comes Tritus II for Windows XP PC's. Shown in the photo on the right, Tritus II is a combination of Tetris, Pac-man and Pong. This game is free software and is released under the GNU General Public License. The game has a total of 80 levels.

2. How to download the game

You can download Tritus II. The download size is approximately 1.8 megabytes. If you have any problems downloading the archive, please email me and I will try to fix the problem. Check this Website regularly for updates.

3. How to play the game

When you are at the screen with the blue water at the bottom, press one of the Cursor Keys to start playing in the middle well. If you do not start the game before five seconds, the game will be taken over by computer players. If this happens, press Escape to return to the Main Menu, where you can choose to start a new game.

There are three sets of keys:

WARNING: Keyboard players should be careful not to press any of the special Windows Keys as this will interrupt the game.

To play with up to three joysticks, simply plug the joysticks into the computer. Like the keyboard, each joystick uses four buttons: Left, Right, Up and Down. When holding the joystick, the Left and Right and Down buttons are activated by the left hand and the Up button is activated by the right hand. It may take some experimenting to find which buttons activate which moves.

3.1 Tile Mode

You start the game in Tile Mode like any other Tetris game. If you have never played Tetris before this will help you: In Tile Mode, you are given tiles and the idea is to complete lines. Press Left and Right to move your tile. Press Up to rotate your tile clockwise. When you have found where to to put your tile, press Down to slam it down quickly. When you run out of room in your well you enter Pong Mode which is unique to Tritus II.

3.2 Pong Mode

In Pong Mode you have a bat and a two balls to clear your well of tiles. When your well is clear enough of tiles, you can go back at any time to Tile Mode by pressing Up or Down. If you miss a of the balls you will be also be forced back into Tile Mode so aim your bat carefully not to miss them.

The winner of the game is the last player left alive. In rare situations where the last two players die at the same time, there can be two winners, otherwise there is only one winner. If you go into Pong Mode at the right time, you can turn a losing position into a winning position. To go into Pong Mode, slimply fill the top of your well with tiles until there is no room left at the top.

NOTE: Only one player may be in Pong Mode at one time and Pong Mode is only available while the indicator light above your well lights up. Pong Mode is only available while three players are still alive so you cannot rely on Pong Mode to save you after one player is dead.

3.3 The Victim

At all times one player is known as The Victim. The player who is The Victim has the word VICTIM: and a timer indicator at the bottom of their well. The player who is The Victim attracts pushup-ups from the other players, so that every time another player completes one line, the player who is The Victim gets pushed up by one. As The Victim you will get tired of being pushed up by the other players, so when your timer runs out you can get revenge on one of the other players by choosing the next Victim. Here is a table showing how each player can choose the next Victim:


<--- Left Player ---> <--- Middle Player ---> <--- Right Player --->
Press Left to choose the Right Player. Press Right to choose the Middle Player.
Press Left to choose the Left Player. Press Right to choose the Right Player.
Press Left to choose the Middle Player. Press Right to choose the Left Player.

You can remember this table by imagining that the screen wraps around from left to right and right to left.

NOTE: You can reduce the time spent as The Victim by completing lines, the more the better.

3.4 Completing lines in Tile Mode

While you are in Tile Mode, completing lines causes tricks to be played on the other players. Here is a table showing how many lines you need to activate the various tricks:

One Line Pushes up The Victim by one. The player who is The Victim can tell who generated the pushup-ups as follows:
  • Red push-ups come from the Left Player.
  • Green push-ups come from the Middle Player.
  • Blue push-ups come from the Right Player.
This information can be useful for The Victim to tell which player to get revenge on when The Victim's timer indicator runs out.
Two Lines
Creates Slimers for both other players. Shown in the image on the left, Slimers are little monsters that eat your tiles and turn your well into a mess.
NOTE: You can kill Slimers by dropping tiles on them in Tile Mode, or by hitting them with a ball in Pong Mode. Killing Slimers in Pong Mode has the bonus result of pushing the tiles of your entire well down by three lines.
Three Lines Causes one of the following random tricks:
  • Invisibility Mode turns the other player's wells invisible for 10 seconds.
  • Reversal Mode swaps the left/right controls of the other players for 10 seconds.
  • Fancy Tiles Mode gives the other players some nastier five-pointed tiles, instead of the regular four-pointed tiles.
  • Crazy Mode allows you to put your bricks in other player's wells, a trick that if used well can severely annoy the other players. In Crazy Mode, whenever two player's tiles touch each other they both explode. This allows players to defend their wells against attacking players. The player who activated Crazy Mode is protected from attacks from other players, while the other players are unprotected and must act defensively. In Crazy Mode the screen wraps around from left to right and right to left, like choosing the next Victim. This allows for all players to be able to attack each other.
Four Lines
Pushes up both other players by three lines with the following tower:
Five Lines Mystery: You will have to play the game to find out this one! Note that it is only possible to complete five lines when you are using Fancy Tiles (five pointed tiles) so it doesn't happen very often in the easy levels.

NOTE: This table is only valid for the first 10 levels. Higher levels have different tricks that vary from level to level.

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4. Version history

5. What about the original Tritus?

Tritus II is the sequel to the game Tritus that was developed for the Amiga Computer in 1993. It it sold hundreds of copies worldwide so hopefully this new free version will do even better. Fans of Tritus will enjoy Tritus II as it has all the features of the old version plus more, including:
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