FINALE: a falling block game

For my final AP Computer Science project in June 2008, I worked with Brandon Liu and Yuzhi Zheng to develop FINALE, a falling block game based on the PSP game Lumines. The object of the game is to match colored blocks into squares, which are cleared away when the “time bar” passes them. Clearing more squares in each pass of the time bar gives an exponentially larger number of points.

Here are some screenshots. (I’m happy to say our graphical presentation was spectacular, with all graphics, backgrounds, and game pieces custom designed in Inkscape.)

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Notes: Getting suEXEC execution for PHP under Virtualmin GPL

(On Debian 5.0. May be slightly different on other distros)

Create files in /etc/skel/:

$ cd /etc/skel
$ mkdir -P etc/php5
$ cp /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini /etc/skel/etc/php5/php.ini
$ mkdir fcgi-bin
$ vi fcgi-bin/php5.fcgi

Paste the following:


export PHPRC=$PWD/../etc/php5
umask 022
exec /usr/bin/php-cgi

Then, in Virtualmin > System Settings > Server Templates > Default Settings > Apache website > Directives and settings:

ServerName ${DOM}
ServerAlias www.${DOM}
DocumentRoot ${HOME}/public_html
ErrorLog /var/log/virtualmin/${DOM}_error_log
CustomLog /var/log/virtualmin/${DOM}_access_log combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.php index.php4 index.php5

Options -Indexes IncludesNOEXEC FollowSymLinks ExecCGI
allow from all
AllowOverride All

AddHandler fcgid-script .php
FCGIWrapper ${HOME}/fcgi-bin/php5.fcgi .php

AddHandler cgi-script cgi

Important notes:

  • ExecCGI is required! Otherwise, 403 Forbidden errors will occur.
  • The wrapper script and php files must not be group/world-writable!
  • Look in /var/log/apache2/suexec.log for hints if you’re having trouble.