Welcome to perilous Marathon, a game by IMS Productions!
1. Getting started
Once you download the game onto your computer, you can extract pm_win.zip where ever you wish the game to be stored. Just launch perilousMarathon.exe and start playing!
Once you download the game to your computer, go to the downloads folder and open perilousMarathon_mac.dmg. You will find the .app file that needs to be copied to your applications folder. Once you are done, feel free to eject and remove the disk image.
2. Launching for the first time
When you run the game for the first time, you will be prompted to enter a name. If you are registered, this name will be used for accessing and posting to the scoreboards. You can change this at any time in the options menu explained later on in this manual.
2.1. Mac OS warning!
If you're using Mac OS to play, it is strongly recommended that you disable VoiceOver. If VoiceOver is left enabled while you play, VoiceOver may hold down the playing keys after they have been released.
3. The User interface
This game is written with blind and visually impaired people in mind, so there are absolutely no graphics. This game has audio interfaces, which can be controled using the keyboard. Here are the types of interfaces that you will encounter and how to navigate them
3.1.1. Text dialogs
Most of the time perilous Marathon will speak through the first available screen reader. If there is no reader active or you are playing on the Mac, it will use SAPI5 or NSSS. There are times where the game will need to display some important information, so it will display text dialogs. Text dialogs are just spoken like everything else, however you must press the Return key to dismiss them and pressing all four arrow keys will repeat the message being displayed. If you wish to copy the current dialog to the clipboard, press the letter C.
3.1.2. Instructional dialogs:
Instructional dialogs are used when viewing the game instructions or stats for a game. They function just like normal text dialogs, so just press enter to keep moving forward. They are designed to make sure the user understands before continuing.
3.1.3. Audio dialogs:
Audio dialogs play a sound and you must wait for the sound to be finished playing before the game continues. You can press Return to skip the playing sound and move along quicker.
Menus are very self-explanatory. You can press Up and Down arrows to select an option and Return to activate the focused item. If you miss what the menu is, you can press the Tab key to hear the title. Pressing Page up and Page down encreeses and decreeses the volume of the music if it is playing. You can press Escape to go to the previous menu or exit the game if you are in the main menu.
3.3. Input boxes:
Input boxes in this game are easy to use. Pressing the Tab key will repeat the title of the input box if you missed what it was, and Return submits the entered input to the game. Left and Right arrows move your cursor, and Home and End will move you to the top or bottom of the input box. Please note: there are text boxes that are predefined. This means that they will contain text already entered, so make sure that you are not typing information over other text. It is recommended that you review the entered text by pressing the Up or Down arrows.
4. Menu overview:
When you launch perilous Marathon, you will be put in the main menu. Here are the options and a short description of each option.
4.1. The main menu:
Start game: Starts the game, of course.
View scoreboard: If you are registered, lists the top scores submited by players.
Register game: if you are not registered, this option will ask for a product key and will ask for your name. Once entered, your key will be checked for validity.
options: Opens the options menu to change settings like display name, etc.
Read online manual: This option will open the manual that you are currently reading.
Redownload message of the day: redownload the message of the day from the IMS Productions server and displays it.
Exit game: Don't click that option. It exits the game!
4.2. The options menu:
This is a small overview of the options menu. Everything is self-explanatory.
Change display name: if you are registered, you can change your display name. Your display name is the name used when sending your scores to the scoreboard.
Disable logo at startup: disables the musical chime you hear when you first open the game.
Clear data: Clears your configuration for this game. Please note: if you clear your data and you are registered, your game will unregister.
Back to main menu: returns you to the main menu.
5. Playing the game:
Once you start the game, you will hear the game counting down and you will start walking. The objective in the game is to score as many points as possible while your character speeds up in time and you encounter bombs, hazards, blades and horses.
5.1: hazards and obstacles
Here is a list of the different types of obstacles you will face in the game.
Blades: blades swing in the direction you're walking so its best to jump over them because if you are under them when they swing at you, you will die instantly.
electrical pits: electrical pits produce a constant electricity sound. Jump over them before you fall and get zapped!
Walls: walls will just block your way, so throw rocks at them to destroy them. If you are near a wall, you will hear a radar. The closer you are, the higher the radar's pitch will be as you walk.
Firepits: firepits will produce a fire-type sound. Jump over this hole or burn in hell!
Chasms: If you get to the cave, you will hear a chasm like sound. Jump over these and try to avoid them because you might just be sucked in with out landing on them directly!
bombs: bombs will fall from the sky and can be good or bad. If there are horses near you, they will most likely die, unless they get out of the way. If you don't jump to avoid it or it spanws on top of you wish can and will happen, you will lose five points. If you avoid it however, you will gain five points.
Horses: Horses are really, just annoying. They are running around but just can't stand people in their way. If you duck, they won't see you though. So just hold down the down arrow key to duck and release it when the horse passes you and you want to continue walking. Once you release the key, you can't duck for another ten seconds.
boulders: Oh these boulders are really dangerous. These are huge rolling rocks that are out to get you. They are fast so be quick when you hear them. If you hear one coming, turn using the left and right arrows and press the R key to throw a rock at them! If you are too far though, they won't be hit, so time this correctly because there is a time between throws!
5.2. Keyboard controls:
Here is a list of keys and what they do.
Up arrow: Jumps.
Down arrow: ducks down.
Left and Right arrows: turn left or right.
S: checks score and level.
D: uses a bomb defuser if available.
Escape: exits the game.
When you are running, you will hear a clicking sound. This is most likely an item. When you think you are close to it, press the spacebar to pick it up. Here is a list of them:
defuser: defuses all bombs nearby.
speed up: speeds you up.
slow down: slows your character down.
mouse trap: traps you for 5 seconds!
5.4. Score posting:
IF you score 75 points or higher, you are able to post your score if you are playing the full version. Please note: to post your score you must have an active internet connection. Once your score is sent, you will be told what position you scored. Can you reach position one?
6. Registration and updates:
Parilous Marathon is available for $5.99. To order, please
Once you have purchased your key you may activate your game using the register option in the main menu.
6.1. Important notes about activating
Once you purchase your key, it will be processed by IMS Productions. This process can take up to 24 hours. If you have not received this key within two days after purchase, please get in contact with us. While registering, you must have an active internet connection to check with the IMS server everything entered is correct.
6.2. Sharing and pirating keys:
Sharing your Parilous Marathon product key is absolutely not allowed. If you are using a pirated key or a key you do not own, we strongly encourage you purchase your own product key for the game. If IMS Productions detects that your key is being abused, we will try to get in contact with you. If there is no response within 7 days, your key will be flagged and deactivated.
Thank you to the following people who have helped me develop this game. With out them, this game would have never been possible, and definitely not what it is today!
Thanks to the following people who have helped significantly in game development.
The lucia team for allowing me to use the Lucia framework
Carter Temm for his endless support with programming.
7.2. Beta testers:
Thanks to the following people for testing the game and sending feedback.