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Brix manual - help me file

Brix version 2.0                     *                 Troubleshooting & Info

       VGA graphics (supports high-quality 256-color graphics)
       80286 or faster processor
       512K memory and DOS 3.0 or later
       A Hard Disk
       Lots & Lots of free time!

Also supports:
       Sound Blaster & compatible music cards

                Brix I:  A New Shareware Release

Created by:  Michael Riedel
Published by Epic MegaGames

Brix is an arcade and puzzle experience!  Don't let the ultra smooth 256-
color VGA graphics and animation fool you into thinking Brix is just an
arcade game,  because your brain will be taunted,  teased,  and twisted
as must as your reflexes.

Your task in Brix seems simple:  Eliminate all of the colored bricks by
uniting them.  But the 112 levels in Brix 1 are also habitated by lasers,
elevators,  boiling acid,  anti-gravity,  teleporters,  and more!  There are
enough hand-crafted puzzles in this Epic action-puzzler duo to keep you busy
for eons.

Check out Brix,  another fine release from the publishers of Jill of the
Jungle,  ZZT,  and Kiloblaster!


Registration is $30 + $4 p&h,  and earns you Brix I and Brix II Deluxe (with
112 awesome new levels,  level editor,  and a level solver),  and a disk of
Epic's latest bonus games.  Print ORDER.DOC for ordering instructions.


To start Brix,  

   1. Change to the drive that BRIX1 installed to (C:).
   2. Change to the directory BRIX1 installed to (CD\ BRIX1)
   3. Type: BRIX1

Brix also speaks German!  To start the German version of Brix,  type:

   BRIX1 /d


If Brix gives you a "Not Enough Memory" message,  you need to free up more
system memory,  then restart your computer.  Suggestions:

* Try renaming your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files,  then rebooting.
  This will prevent memory-hogging TSR's from being loaded.

* Create a boot disk and reboot.  To do this:
  1.  Put a blank disk in the A: drive.
  2.  Type:  FORMAT A: /S
  3.  Once the disk is formatted,  keep the disk drive door closed and
      reboot your computer.

If Brix still refuses to load properly,  the problem is most likely due to
Brix scanning your system for a Sound Blaster card.  To solve this,  type:

   BRIX1 /nosb      (This turns off the Sound Blaster card)

Playing Brix

Your main goal is to remove all of the objects (brix) from the screen.  To
remove them,  you need to put them together -- which causes them to explode.
This is easy enough with two objects,  but can be very tricky with three
or more.  (Try to figure it out!)

To pick up an object,  move the red cursor above it and press [space].  The
cursor turns white while you are carrying an object.

Secret Codes

When you leave the game (because you missed or finished a level),  you will be
told a secret code.  Remeber this!  You can use it later to start back at the
level without going through all of the previous levels.  Use the "Secret Code"
option in the main menu.

Difficulty levels

Brix has four difficulty levels ranging from easy to hard.  While you're
first learning to play,  we recommend the easy level.  It gives you more
time to complete each puzzle.

While playing!

Press [Escape] to bring up a menu of options:
   Abort game:  Lets you leave the actual game.  Use this option once you've
                thoroughly given up and need to take a break!
   Continue game:  Keep on playing!
   Retry level:  Lets you start over from scratch on the current level, in
                case you've gotten into an unsolvable mess.  Beware,  the
                time is not set back!
   Solve:  Brix will solve the level for you.  (Brix 2 Deluxe only!)  This will
                cost you 20000 points in the second level,  40000 points in the
                third level,  and so on.


This program is produced by a member of the Association of Shareware
Professionals (ASP).  ASP wants to make sure that the shareware principal
works for you.  If you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem
with an ASP member by contacting the member directly,  ASP may be able to
help.  The ASP Ombudsman can help you resolve a dispute with an ASP member,
but does not provide technical support for members' products.  Please write
to the ASP Ombudsman at 545 Grover Road,  Muskogeon, MI 49442-9427 or send
a Compuserve message via CompuServe Mail to ASP Ombudsman 70007,3536.


If you need further assistance, please call our tech support department
at 301-983-9771 between 9AM and 5PM Eastern Standard Time,  or fax us
at 301-299-3841.  You can also contact us online:

CompuServe:     GO EPIC
Internet Mail:  help@epicgames.com
Internet FTP:   ftp.uml.edu
Internet News:  We answer questions in comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action
WorldWide Web:  http://www.epicgames.com/
America Online: We answer questions posted in the "Games" area
GEnie:          We answer questions in the Games Roundtable

   Contact:     Epic MegaGames
   2400 Baud:   414-789-4210
   14.4K Baud:  414-789-4360
Epic's Email list:
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from Epic every month or so, just send an Internet message to
list@epicgames.com with the subject: SUBSCRIBE EPIC.


Thanks for trying Brix!

            Michael Riedel,  Author of Brix
              Tim Sweeney,  Epic MegaGames