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Coobird’s Blocks release 0.2

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Blocks image Coobird’s Blocks 0.2 has been released. They include some minor changes such as:

  • Selectable background image.
  • Default image path changed.
  • Uses the AWT Toolkit instance for loading images.

The background image can be selected from the applet and application versions of Blocks. With the applet, the HTML file which hosts the applet can pass the “background” parameter with the image to load. The application can have its background image changed by using the “-background” switch with the path to the image when launching the application.

The default image name was changed to “background.jpg” from “blocks-background.jpg”.

When loading the background image in the application, the AWT Toolkit instance is used to load the image. The previous release used the Java Image I/O API, which is only available with Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition, v. 1.4.2 or higher. Using the AWT Toolkit should allow JRE 1.2 or higher, although it has not been tested.

First Release of Coobird’s Blocks

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Coobird's Blocks imageCoobird’s Blocks has been released. The applet is available to play on the website, and the Coobird’s Blocks project page has the applet, application and source code available under the modified BSD license.

The Java-based block-breaking game has been in development for some time, and it is a third iteration of the block-breaking game. The history of the game along with more information is available at