- Use left and right arrow keys to move the gun left and right.
- You reduce a number by shooting it with its prime factors. Each time a prime
factor hits a number, the number is divided by that factor. If the number is a prime number
you can shoot it with a special "P" ("P" for "prime") missile which reduces it directly
- To fire a 2, 3, 5 or 7, just type the corresponding key on the keyboard. To fire 11, 13, 17
or 19, type the first letter of the number (in lower case), i.e. "e" for 11, "t" for 13, "s" for 17 and "n"
for 19. Type "p" (lower case)
to fire the "P" missile. In all cases a number is "dead" when it is reduced to 1.
- If a number hits you, then you're dead.
- Sometimes, after a number goes below the bottom, and reappears at the top, it goes
a bright red, which means that it is super-activated. You have to kill a super-activated
number before it hits the bottom again, otherwise you'll be dead.
- Numbers come down more often as the score gets higher.
- You score 1 for each number you kill.
- Numbers range from 2 to 100, until the score goes over 50, when they range up to
(score + 50), with a maximum of 500.
- You start with 3 spare lives. You gain a new spare life for every 50 points,
unless you already have 10 spare lives.
- You can press Esc to manually terminate a game.
- This game has been tested with the latest versions of Internet Explorer (6.0.2900),
Mozilla Firefox (22.214.171.124) and Opera (8.52) running on Windows XP.
- The game now runs from a single file, so you can easily download it and
run it locally. Note: On Internet Explorer you may have to "Allow Blocked Content ...", because,
local disk as being dangerous.
PrimeShooterTM is licensed under the General Public License version 2.
interpreted directly in the web browser.
So to see the source, do a "View Page Source" on this web page.
This article discusses some of
the issues that came up while developing this game.
Note: The General Public License version 2 doesn't say anything about trademark issues.
I have marked "PrimeShooter" with the TM symbol to indicate that it is an
unregistered trade mark of myself (Philip Dorrell). Therefore, if you distribute an altered
or derived version of the application, please give it a distinguishable name, for example "PrimeNumberShooter".
You may refer to the fact that your altered version is derived from my original program.
Of course, depending on what country you live in etc., an unregistered trademark may not be enforceable.