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Game Sample

Visual Studio 2008

This sample application implements a simple Windows Forms game, complete with GDI+ graphics, timer features, user configuration, and high-score storage.

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To view the sample documentation

  1. In Solution Explorer, double-click the Documentation folder.

  2. If you are using Visual Basic Express, right-click ReadMe.htm in the Documentation folder. Select View in Browser.

  3. If you are using another version of Visual Basic, double-click ReadMe.htm in the Documentation folder.

This sample demonstrates features that are implemented in most applications:

  • User options   The Options form enables users to reset the high scores and turn sound on and off.

  • Help   The application includes a compiled Help project. The compiled Help is accessed through the Help menu item.

  • Mouse   The mouse is used not only to play the game, but to drag the form around when the title bar is hidden.

  • Keyboard   The "M" key toggles the menu and title bar on and off. The "P" key pauses and restarts the game action.

Several Visual Basic and .NET Framework features are highlighted:

  • GDI+ graphics   The game action is implemented by using drawing functions from the System.Drawing namespace.

  • Registry   High scores are stored in the registry.

  • Object-oriented programming   The game action and drawing is controlled by several classes that act together. The main game classes are the Grid and Block classes. The PointTranslator class adds utility functions for drawing the blocks. The HighScores class handles retrieving and setting scores.