What is PuzzPack?
Game Documentation Pages
PuzzPack is a Flash Application created by Detached Solutions for the TI-83 Plus
and TI-83 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators, which are products of Texas
Instruments Incorporated. PuzzPack is a collection of four puzzle games entitled
Dino Puzzle, Block Dude, Puzzle Frenzy, and Pegs, each having their own fun and
challenging gameplay that will keep users entertained and playing for months.
These games were initially developed by Brandon Sterner and Fred Coughlin of the
TI-Calculator Programming Alliance, as individual programs that were released for
the Z80 Processor series of graphing calculators such as the TI-82, TI-83, TI-85,
and TI-86. In December of 1999, Jason Kovacs of the TCPA combined the programs
into a Flash Application for the TI-83 Plus, and PuzzPack v1.0 was released to
the public. This first version of the application was a huge success, and in that
same month PuzzPack won the 'Program of the Month' award from www.ticalc.org.
PuzzPack caught the attention of Texas Instruments Incorporated in the fall of
2000, and they approached the staff members of Detached Solutions to develop a
second version of the application that would be featured on their upcoming model
of TI calculators, the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. Our organization gained the
privilege of having PuzzPack v2.0 packaged with all new Silver Editions, so we
decided to recode many things in the application to make them better. The titles,
graphics, and level sets of certain games have been changed, and the appearance,
gameplay, and usage of PuzzPack was optimized as well. We hope that this new and
improved version of the Puzzle Pack is enjoyable for all TI-83 Plus and TI-83
Plus Silver Edition users!
Each of the games within PuzzPack have their own distinguishing gameplay, sets of
rules, and controls. You can find detailed information about each of the games, as
well as a screenshots and even level solutions, by clicking on the links or
images below to go to the game documentation pages.
General App Controls
Use these keys to proceed through most sections of the application, such as
continuing past the Title screen and selecting an item from the games list.
They will also process a menu item from the main menus in each of the games.
The Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys are most often used for movement of
a cursor throughout the program. They allow you to move the big, square cursor
on the games list to choose a program, and you can also move back and forth
through the items of the text menus (e.g., "Play Help Exit") to select a menu
choice for that program.
This key is used to Back Out of any part in any of the programs, to a previous
screen or menu of the application. For instance, pressing Clear on the main
menus of each of the games will bring you back to the games list, as well as
exit out from any part of a game back to its title screen. In addition, Clear
will serve to quit the application by backing out to the title screen, and
finally to the TI-OS.
The Delete key serves to exit immediately from PuzzPack, straight to the TI-OS
homescreen from any part of the application. This will allow you to quit from
the app in one step as opposed to using the Clear key to back out from every
screen. Del is known as the "Teacher Key" or "Boss Key" that a person would
use to quickly exit from playing a game when they shouldn't be, if a teacher
or boss comes around to observe them working. ;)
Be sure to look at the individual documentation files for each of the
programs in PuzzPack to find more information about the keys and controls
for that specific program.
Zip File Contents
Credits & Thanks
The Application file that should be sent to your calculator.
The Documentation file that you are reading at the moment.
The Documentation file for Dino Puzzle.
The Documentation file for Block Dude.
The Documentation file for Puzzle Frenzy.
The Documentation file for Pegs.
The Application file in Intel Hex format that can be used on
the TI-83+ Flash Debugger by Texas Instruments Incorporated.
The Puzzle Pack version 2.0 was developed by the members of Detached Solutions,
Jason Kovacs, Brandon Sterner, and Dan Englender, and the 3rd-party developer,
Fred Coughlin. Several of the subroutines used within PuzzPack were based on the
library routines of ION, written by Joe Wingbermuehle (joewing.calc.org). The
routine for RLE decoding was written by David Phillips of the Assembly Coder's
Zenith (www.acz.org). Thanks to the personnel of the Education and Productivity
Solutions department at Texas Instruments Incorporated (education.ti.com) for
providing us the opportunity to develop PuzzPack for the TI-83+ Silver Edition.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about PuzzPack v2.0, you may
contact the Detached Solutions staff at the following group E-mail address:
. We welcome
any positive or negative feedback about our software developments, and we will
try to respond to your message in a timely manner. Thanks for your message and
your interest in the Puzzle Pack!