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Don't Get a Virus

Battle computer viruses in frantic bullet hell showdowns on a Windows 98 styled deskop! · By 1029chris

Don't Get a Virus 0.0.3 Released!

A topic by 1029chris created Jul 31, 2016 Views: 545 Replies: 3
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This is just a small release, nothing really too big.

Bigger features

  • You can now reply to your friend in the chat, and he replies back
  • There is now a document viewer, as well as documents in the document folder
  • Added a website (find out which one!)

Smaller features

  • Bug fixes (I think I fixed that crash for some people on lower end machines when the virus appears, please tell me if it isn't fixed on your end!)
  • Changed up the virus dialogue a little, fixing some typos along the way
  • Virus now blinks
  • Added some dialogue, code, and assets for the second virus, but none of it is noticeably used in game yet.
  • Other small changes

If you are using a client like the gamejolt or itch.io client, and you don't seem to see any of these new features, try reinstalling the game! I had an issue with this on the itch.io client on linux, but reinstalling seemed to fix it.

Please tell me if you find any errors! Screenshot any crashes you have, it's very important for me to see them!

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Website Spoilers

The secret website is utube.com or youtube.com

elseif string.find(internet.urlc, "youtube.com") ~= nil or string.find(internet.urlc, "utube.com") ~= nil then


You can put anything in the URL field, as long as it contains the URL anywhere. If you put all three of the URL's in the box, it'll go to whatever's first in the code. homepage.com > freedownloads.com > secret


I would recommend adding a way to upgrade your antivirus. I'm using real antivirus names for simpleness Like, you start off with Microsoft Security Essentials, which has the gun you see in the current version. Maybe then you can download Avast Free antivirus, or another free package that has a slightly better gun. Maybe add a way to earn ingame money to buy premium antivirus. Get an invite to a more powerful invite-only antivirus from your IM buddies? Depending on the scope of the project, a way to buy a better OS or hardware with ingame money for longer time until getting hacked?

Confusing Timeframe

The Startup jingle sounds 2005, the computer drawing in settings looks 1990, UI looks 1995, backgrounds look 2010.


Chat should have better integration to the UI. When closed, hide it to the tray, like sane chat programs do. Make bubbles clickable to open chat window. Have a small delay between the Online icon appearing and his first chat message.

Opening and closing

When a program is already open and you try to open it, make a new instance or focus the existing one. Also, add a shutdown option to the menu. Make it open a dialog, shutdown or restart. Just like in windows 98. If you're gonna add an easter egg shutdown to DOS, atleast implement:

sudo make me a sandwich

Maybe make the shutdown menu a save/load dialog when the game gets longer.

Sorry for sounding like such a bitch, these are the ramblings of an insomniac. *yawn*

Thank you for finding that bug! Very helpful.

Also, the antivirus upgrading is planned! But, theres no point at the moment to impliment it until there are more fights. The chat notification opening the chat app is also a great idea, I'll do that. I wont be making seperate intances of the programs, due to how I've set this all up... but I will make it so it focuses the window when you click on the icon! Good idea. Last thing, the start menu is being redone to add more stuff, so the shutdown button will be added!

Give me a couple minutes, and I'll make a roadmap post.

Thank you for your suggestions!

Suggestion: You should make another virus that can summon other infected computers that fight for the virus that die off every 15 seconds and have very low heath, he should spawn them every 30 seconds.