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SoundMind is a game much like MasterMind™ only it uses sounds rather than colored pegs. The game should be completely accessible to blind users with a screen-reader. The resulting evaluation of how many were the right sound and in the right place, as well as how many were the right sound but in the wrong place is simply reported in a read-only text-box which should give no trouble to screen-readers like Jaws. Likewise the winning summary is a simple message-box which should work fine. It works with Windows Narrator, so it better work with Jaws or WindowEyes (grins).
Guessing the correct answer will report the number of tries it took you to get the solution, along with the correct solution. If you opt to play again, it will randomly generate another sequence.
The game begins with a difficulty of four, and with the "generic" theme, which uses various cartoon sound effects. You build your sequence of sounds by using the associated letters on the keyboard (for the "generic" theme, this is A through F). If you make a mistake, you can use Backspace, just as you would when typing. To clear the entire sequence, use the Escape key. To hear your current sequence, use Space. To make a guess with your current sequence, use the Enter key. After making a guess, your current guess will be cleared out so you can make a new guess.
You can review previous guesses by using the up and down arrow keys (or left and right arrow keys). To replay the previous guess that you have selected, use the "Question Mark" key.
Difficulty can be adjusted by changing the number of slots to be used. The game defaults to the same as MasterMind™—four. However, using the menu (or the F7 and F8 keys) you can decrease and increase the number of slots. You can have as few as three and as many as 10 slots. If you have VB, these limits are easy enough to change, as they're just Const statements at the top. However, less than three is a rather boring game, and more than 10 is suicide. Note that changing the difficulty causes the game to rebuild a new sequence, in effect, starting a new game. Both the difficulty and the current theme are preserved in the registry on a per-user basis, so the next time you start the game, it will use your previous settings.
The game is themeable, and a simple theme package is available as well through this link. Simply unzip the theme package into your desired location, and use the File → Theme menu option to point at one of the theme directories. The current extra themes include major ("mandolin") and minor chords. These are more difficult than the generic theme, as there are eight (rather than six) possible items for each position. When creating your own themes, keep in mind that the more sounds you have, the more difficult the game will be.
New themes can easily be created by pointing the theme at a folder that contains WAV files named A.WAV, B.WAV, C.WAV, etc. Thus, there can be up to 26 sounds, compounding the difficulty as more sounds are available for each slot. In addition, the folder needs two files named bad.wav and success.wav. The file bad.wav is played as an indicator that is played when a bad guess is made (either too short, you've tried to put in more sounds than there are slots, or your guess is not the correct solution). The file success.wav is played when you finally guess the correct answer.
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Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17