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Icy Tower

Icy Tower is a freeware video game created by Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, inspired by Xjump. In the game, the player controls Harold the Homeboy whose goal is to climb the tower as high as he can by jumping up floors, and earn points while doing so.

Gameplay

Overview

The Tower consists of floors in different sizes and is of infinite height. The player's goal is to reach higher and higher floors without falling (i.e. jumping but missing a floor and falling past the bottom of the screen), as well as to keep ahead and above of the ever-faster upward scrolling of the game (explained under 'Scrolling').

Movement

Your character will constantly accelerate as long as it moves. The faster it runs, the higher and longer it will jump. Hitting walls (the sides of the tower) and immediately turning around generally maintains your character's speed.

Scrolling

As the player escalates the tower, it will start to scroll upwards slowly and the player will have to keep up in order to not fall off the screen. This is not so hard in the beginning since the scrolling is very slow, but every 30 seconds, an alarm clock will sound and the scrolling will go slightly faster. There is a clock in the upper left corner of the screen that shows how much time is left until the next speed-up.

Scoring

You will get 10 points for each floor you reach. This alone will not gain you any great scores however. To be really victorious, you will have to make cool jumps, combo-jumps, for which you will be awarded n2 points for every n floors jumped in one combo.

Players either thrive for the highest score they can achieve (by making the biggest combo they can jump), or to reach the highest floor they can.

Rewards

After making a combo-jump, you are given a reward as well as points. The bigger the combo, the greater the reward. As of 1.2, rewards are simply a flashy message along with the following words, spoken after the player has successfully finished a combo.

Floor Types

Every 100 floors, the floor type (the way the floors look) changes. As of version 1.2, there are a total of 10 floor types, type 1 being floors 0-99 and type 10 being floors 900 and above. Version 1.3 features one more floor type (called "chain-floor"), which starts off from floor 1000, and can not be unlocked or seen in lower floors.

Icy Tower features the ability to start the game with a floor type of your choice, but only after you have successfully landed on the actual floor where that particular type begins.

Replays/High Scores

Version 1.2 introduced the ability to save replays of games. This gives the player the ability to provide proof of their highest scores, combos and floors. The offspring of this ability is the global High Score List, which lists the best Icy Tower scores, combos, and floors, and allows internet users to download replays of those events.

Note: You must have Icy Tower installed on your computer to view downloaded replays.

Characters

Version 1.2 introduced the ability to play with custom characters. Icy Tower comes with two default characters: Harold the Homeboy and Disco Dave. Icy Tower also comes with a template character, allowing fans to create their own characters, with their own graphics, sound effects, and background music. Characters can be downloaded from the internet. The Icy Tower resource page or Icy Tower fan page offers some of them.

Mods

A few mods exist for the game. Some of them are graphical mods, and some of them change the gameplay. The following are gameplay mods by RamboBones, which work only for version 1.2:

  • FastFloor - the game goes slightly (~120%) faster
  • ProFloor - the floors are shorter
  • SolidFloor - floors are completely solid, so you can't jump on them from below
  • RamboMod - enables customization of the speed and floor sizes of the game

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The following are gameplay mods by RamboBones, which work only for version 1.2:.
. Some of them are graphical mods, and some of them change the gameplay. The number of contiguous configurations for one through seven blocks, counting reflections but not counting rotations is in this table:. A few mods exist for the game. Lego itself sells a line of sets named "Lego Studios," which contains a Lego web cam (repackaged Logitech USB Quickcam), software to record video on a computer, clear plastic rods which can be used to manipulate minifigures from off-camera, and a minifigure resembling Steven Spielberg. The Icy Tower resource page or Icy Tower fan page offers some of them. Several webcomics are illustrated with Lego, notably Irregular Webcomic!.

Characters can be downloaded from the internet. Director Michel Gondry filmed a live version of the video, digitized the result, and then recreated it entirely with Lego bricks. Icy Tower also comes with a template character, allowing fans to create their own characters, with their own graphics, sound effects, and background music. Another notable example is the award-winning music video for the song "Fell in Love with a Girl" by the White Stripes. Icy Tower comes with two default characters: Harold the Homeboy and Disco Dave. [2]. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to play with custom characters. 'Art Craziest Nation' was shown at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK.

Note: You must have Icy Tower installed on your computer to view downloaded replays.. The Little Artists have created an entire Modern Art collection in a Lego Gallery. The offspring of this ability is the global High Score List, which lists the best Icy Tower scores, combos, and floors, and allows internet users to download replays of those events. Artists have also used Lego sets with one of the more notorious examples being Polish artist Zbigniew Libera's "Lego Concentration Camp," a collection of mocked-up concentration camp-themed Lego sets.[1]. This gives the player the ability to provide proof of their highest scores, combos and floors. For example, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition DVD contained a version of the "Camelot" musical sequence redone with Lego minifigures and accessories. Version 1.2 introduced the ability to save replays of games. They usually use stop-motion animation.

Icy Tower features the ability to start the game with a floor type of your choice, but only after you have successfully landed on the actual floor where that particular type begins. Such movies are called "Lego movies", "Brickfilms", or "cinema Lego". Version 1.3 features one more floor type (called "chain-floor"), which starts off from floor 1000, and can not be unlocked or seen in lower floors. One hobby among enthusiasts is to re-create popular scenes from famous movies, using Lego bricks for the scenery and Lego play sets as characters. As of version 1.2, there are a total of 10 floor types, type 1 being floors 0-99 and type 10 being floors 900 and above. Another novel application of Lego bricks is the combination of bricks and electronic components to obtain a Lego Electronic Lab Kit. Every 100 floors, the floor type (the way the floors look) changes. Because of the high degree of uniformity in Lego bricks, they have also been used in fields such as computer vision, in which knowing the exact dimensions and relative positions of objects is useful for creating test data.

As of 1.2, rewards are simply a flashy message along with the following words, spoken after the player has successfully finished a combo. A set of software tools called LDraw or Lego Digital Designer can be used to model possible Lego creations in 3D. The bigger the combo, the greater the reward. The website theory.org.uk (by academic David Gauntlett) features Lego versions of social theorists. After making a combo-jump, you are given a reward as well as points. Legowars, the generic term for a number of wargames (most notably Brikwars) involving Lego bricks enjoys a cult-like popularity. Players either thrive for the highest score they can achieve (by making the biggest combo they can jump), or to reach the highest floor they can. The site features over 2,000 photographs of Biblical scenes.

To be really victorious, you will have to make cool jumps, combo-jumps, for which you will be awarded n2 points for every n floors jumped in one combo. For example, at The Brick Testament "The Reverend" Brendan Powell Smith has built the Bible in Lego pieces. This alone will not gain you any great scores however. Lego toys have been used in a number of unexpected ways. You will get 10 points for each floor you reach. A group which calls itself "AFOLs" (for "Adult Fans of Lego") is an important demographic for The Lego Group, which has recently begun reintroducing popular sets from previous years to appeal to this group. There is a clock in the upper left corner of the screen that shows how much time is left until the next speed-up. Photos of many fan creations like these can be seen at Brickshelf and at MOCpages.

This is not so hard in the beginning since the scrolling is very slow, but every 30 seconds, an alarm clock will sound and the scrolling will go slightly faster. One such masterpiece solves a Rubik's Cube through the use of Lego motors and cameras, a task that many humans cannot accomplish. As the player escalates the tower, it will start to scroll upwards slowly and the player will have to keep up in order to not fall off the screen. Large mosaics, fully functional padlocks and pendulum clocks, a harpsichord and an inkjet printer (built by Google co-founder Larry Page while at the University of Michigan) have been constructed from Lego pieces. Hitting walls (the sides of the tower) and immediately turning around generally maintains your character's speed. Some sculptures use hundreds of thousands of pieces and weigh tens of kilograms. The faster it runs, the higher and longer it will jump. A cult following of people who have used Lego pieces to make sculptures, very large mosaics and complex machines has developed.

Your character will constantly accelerate as long as it moves. The Lego Group itself has developed a form of business consultancy fostering creative thinking, called Lego Serious Play, in which team members build metaphors of their organisational experiences using Lego bricks, and work through imaginary scenarios using the visual device of the Lego constructions and by exploring possibilities in a 'serious' form of 'play'. jumping but missing a floor and falling past the bottom of the screen), as well as to keep ahead and above of the ever-faster upward scrolling of the game (explained under 'Scrolling'). Lego bricks today are used for purposes beyond children's play. The player's goal is to reach higher and higher floors without falling (i.e. As of year end 2005, there are 25 LEGO Brand Retail stores in the USA, a number of stores in Europe, and a franchised LEGO store in Abu Dhabi. The Tower consists of floors in different sizes and is of infinite height. There are also several Lego retail stores, including at Downtown Disney in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts and in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

. Lego Group operates several Legoland amusement parks in Europe and California. In the game, the player controls Harold the Homeboy whose goal is to climb the tower as high as he can by jumping up floors, and earn points while doing so. It also allows advanced participants an opportunity to modify the Lego Mindstorms platform, adding their own sensors and actuators, as well as other mechanical, electrical, electronic and software related systems. Icy Tower is a freeware video game created by Johan Peitz of Free Lunch Design, inspired by Xjump. Lego Mindstorms provides primary and secondary school aged participants of RoboCup Junior an easy and intuitive introduction to robotics. RamboMod - enables customization of the speed and floor sizes of the game. The international RoboCup Junior autonomous soccer competition involves extensive use of Lego Mindstorms equipment which is often pushed to its limits.

SolidFloor - floors are completely solid, so you can't jump on them from below. A related competition is FIRST Lego League for elementary and middle schools. ProFloor - the floors are shorter. The earliest, and likely the largest, is Botball, a national US middle- and high-school competition stemming from the MIT 6270 lego robotics tournament. FastFloor - the game goes slightly (~120%) faster. There are several competitions which use Lego bricks and the RCX, among other microcontrollers, for robotics. These programmable bricks are sold under the name Lego Mindstorms.

There are even special bricks, like the LEGO RCX that can be programmed with a PC to perform very complicated and useful tasks. There are also motors, gears, lights, sensors, and cameras available to be used with Lego components. LEGO recently announced the procurement of worldwide toy rights with the cable TV channel Nickelodeon for building sets with themes from two hit TV shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender which will be available Summer of 2006. Sets containing new pieces are released frequently.

Since it began producing plastic bricks, the Lego Group has released thousands of play sets themed around space, robots, pirates, vikings, medieval castles, dinosaurs, cities, suburbia, holiday locations, wild west, the Arctic, boats, racing cars, trains, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bionicle, and more. Annual production of Lego bricks averages approximately 20 billion (2 × 1010) per year, or about 600 pieces per second. Brick decorations and packaging is done at plants in Denmark, Switzerland, United States, South Korea and the Czech Republic. Moulding is done at one of two plants in Denmark and Switzerland.

Manufacturing of Lego bricks occurs at a number of locations around the world. It is thanks to this care in manufacturing that the Lego Group has maintained such a high degree of quality over the decades; this is one of the main reasons that pieces manufactured over 40 years ago still interlock neatly with pieces manufactured today. According to the Lego Group, its moulding processes are so accurate that only 18 bricks out of every million fail to meet its stringent standards. Worn-out moulds are encased in the foundations of buildings to prevent their falling into competitors' hands.

Precision-machined, small-capacity moulds are used, and human inspectors meticulously check the output of the moulds, to eliminate significant variations in colour or thickness. Since 1963, Lego pieces are manufactured from a strong, resilient plastic known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", Lego elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 micrometres (0.00008 in). They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the result will be Lego creations that are unstable; they cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the Lego appeal.

When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of "clutch power"; they must stay together until pulled apart. Bricks, beams, axles, minifigures, and all other elements in the Lego system are manufactured to an exacting degree of tolerance. Retail Lego sets for young children are compatible with those made for teenagers. Lego pieces from 1963 still interlock with pieces made in 2006, despite radical changes in shape and design over the years.

Since their introduction in 1949, Lego pieces of all varieties have been, first and foremost, part of a system. Nevertheless, such corporate admonitions are frequently ignored as corporate intervention in the use of language, and the word lego is commonly used not only as a noun to refer to Lego bricks but also as a generic term referring to any kind of interlocking toy brick. The company asserts that to protect its brand name, the word Lego must always be used as an adjective, as in "LEGO set," "LEGO products," "LEGO universe," and so forth. "Lego" is officially written in all uppercase letters.

Thank you! Susan Williams, Consumer Services. Please always refer to our bricks as 'LEGO Bricks or Toys' and not 'LEGOS.' By doing so, you will be helping to protect and preserve a brand of which we are very proud and that stands for quality the world over. We would sincerely like your help in keeping it special. The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us in the LEGO Group Companies.

Lego catalogues in the 1970s and 1980s contained a note that read:. The Lego Group's name has become so synonymous with its flagship toy that many use the words "Lego" (collectively) or "Legos" to refer to the bricks themselves, and even to any plastic bricks resembling Lego bricks, although the Lego Group discourages this as dilution of their trademark. Over the years many more Lego sets, series, and pieces were created, with many innovative improvements and additions, culminating in the colourful versatile building toys that we know today. It wasn't until 1958 that the modern-day brick design was developed, and it took another five years to find exactly the right material for it.

Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play, but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their "locking" ability was limited, and they were not very versatile. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. By 1954, Christiansen's son, Godtfred, had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. Many of the Lego Group's shipments were returned, following poor sales; it was thought that plastic toys could never replace wooden ones.

The use of plastic for toy manufacture was not highly regarded by retailers and consumers of the time. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they couldn't be pulled apart. They had several round "studs" on top, and a hollow rectangular bottom. A few years later, in 1949, Lego began producing similar bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks." These bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate, were developed in the spirit of traditional wooden blocks that could be stacked upon one another; however, these plastic bricks could be "locked" together.

Hilary Harry Fisher Page, a child psychologist. These "Kiddicraft Self-Locking Building Bricks" were designed and patented in the UK by Mr. In 1947, Ole Kirk and his son Godtfred obtained samples of interlocking plastic bricks produced by the company Kiddicraft. It should be noted, however, that the original, Greek verb "legein" actually has the meaning "put together".

The Lego Group claims that "Lego" means "I put together" or "I assemble" in Latin, though this is a rather liberal translation; the more accepted and widely used application of the word is "I read". The company name Lego was coined by Christiansen from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning "play well". Ole Kirk started creating wooden toys in 1932, but it wasn't until 1949 that the famous plastic Lego brick was created. The Lego Group had humble beginnings in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a poor carpenter from Billund, Denmark.

. The sets are produced by the Lego Group, a privately-held company based in Denmark. High production quality and careful attention to detail ensures that Lego pieces can fit together in myriad ways, which is one of the main reasons for the toy's success. Cars, planes, trains, buildings, castles, sculptures, ships, spaceships, and even working robots are just a few of the many things that can be made with Lego bricks.

Lego is a line of toys featuring colourful plastic bricks, gears, minifigures (also called minifigs or mini-figs), and other pieces which can be assembled to create models of almost anything imaginable. The number 102,981,504 (four more than that figure) is the number of six-piece towers (of a height of six). The figure of 102,981,500 is often given for six pieces, but it is incorrect. Six eight-stud Lego bricks of the same colour can be put together in 915,103,765 ways, and just three bricks of the same colour offer 1,560 combinations.

"Legot" (or "leegot"), plural form of "lego" (or "leego") is also used as a Finnish slang term for human teeth, because of the rectangular shape of the teeth.

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