Xeno is a small demo project done over the weekend. Click matching alien heiroglyphs to dissappear them. Basic gameplay in HTML5 was pretty quick to prototype.
You can view it using Safari or Chrome browsers. For iPhone, open in Safari and save to Home Screen, then you click the icon to load [for some reason fails to load directly, but works fine launched from Home Screen ]
For the path checking.. at first I did an exhaustive depth first search of all empty squares, but this exploded combinatorially.. so I used memoizing to reduce the repeat subpaths.. and then added a heuristic to find straight paths if they exist. I probably should have looked up a decent path finding algorithm. Sometimes its good to do things the blunt way yourself, so that you understand the problem and can then enjoy the beauty of a more elegant approach.
Hope you like the pictographs.. did them myself :]
Lost in the dense Cambodian jungle you see what looks like an outcropping of ancient ruins. Could that plynth be the entrance of an alien spacecraft which has lain dormant for thousands of years? You wipe away the dust showing an irregular pattern of grooves.. you accidentally spill some water on the console.
You hear a hiss followed by a gentle deep hum, and the panel under your palm begins to glow. You must quickly match the glyphs to enter the Xeno’ ship…