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 GTS Racing Challenge Palm OS® Products 
Current released version: 1.05.20 - 25th November, 2004
Current release expires: never
Feedback to: Andy Wilton ([email protected])
Game Info: http://www.astraware.com/palm/gts/

Recent update headlines: Turbo powered new edition with 4 additional tracks! - Enhanced support added for the Tapwave Zodiac - Bug fixes for speed issues

Copyright 2002-2004 Andy Wilton. Pazzazz and Pazzazz Games are trademarks of Pazzazz Games. Published by Astraware Ltd. - www.astraware.com
All rights reserved.

Introduction

The fastest, the sharpest, the most exciting Palm OS racing game ever!

Engines roar, tyres screech. Pulses pound as the drivers push their cars to the limit, all to be the first past the chequered flag.

Choose between the thrill of a sports car, the style of a coupe or the raw power of a racing car, in the Palm of your hand. Eight different race tracks all with stunning backdrops, eight frenzied competitors with you on the track, and at the end of the day, just one winner. Can you meet the GTS Racing Challenge?

And its 3, 2, 1... GO!!!!! GTS Racing Challenge gives you the adrenaline charged, motor sport experience that you been waiting for in a Palm OS game!

GTS Racing Challenge Turbo Edition features:

How To Install

Use an extractor program such as WinZip or Stuffit Expander to get at the GTS Racing Challenge files. Install the game by double-clicking the .prc file, which opens the Palm Install Tool program.

Use the HotSync button as usual to install the game onto your handheld. If you have a handheld with an expansion card, you can then move the game over to it. Do this before you register the game!

Now run GTS Racing Challenge and tap the screen to play the game!

If you've got any queries about GTS Racing Challenge or the registration process, first check out our knowledge base on our website (you must be connected to the internet to access this). If this doesn't help, get in touch with us at [email protected]. If you've got any questions (or suggestions, we love those) about the game itself, please get in touch with us at the email address at the top of this page.

Quick Start!

Follow these instructions to get into the game and get driving!:

Car Controls, or "Driving 101"

GTS Racing Challenge has two car control methods, Buttons (uses the buttons on the bottom of your Palm) and Graffiti (uses the stylus in the Graffiti area).
On installation, the game defaults to the "Button" system. If you want to change to use the Graffiti system instead, use the Car Controls menu (Options->Settings->Car Controls). You can also change in game, simply pause the game by tapping on the screen or the menu button and choose the Options menu

By default, GTS Racing Challenge will have a set of button controls pre-defined that will be comfortable on the majority of devices. However, if you wish to change the button controls, you have complete freedom to do so. From the Options Menu, select "Controls", and you can assign a different set of buttons to steering, acceleration and changing gears.

Each car can be driven with either an automatic or a manual transmission, selectable from the "Transmission" menu (Options->Settings->Transmission). There are three options here, "Automatic", "Manual" and the default, "Auto + Revs", "Auto + Revs" gives an automatic transmission but still displays the rev counter and currently selected gear.

Hints and Tips

Controls Revisited

If you get stuck against the edge of the track, you may find it helpful to use reverse gear. How you engage reverse gear depends on the control method and the transmission type:

The game camera and car are free to rotate, as this picture would show, if you were currently connected to the internet.
The camera and car are both free to rotate through 360 degrees: together with the photo-realistic track and horizon textures, this give GTS Racing Challenge even more freedom and realism.

Sound effects

Game sound can be adjusted from the sound options menu (Options->Settings->Sound Volume). The default setting is "100%", and you can change this by tapping on the bar or on the "+" and "-" icons either side of the bar. Tapping "Cancel" will return you to the Settings menu without saving your changes, and tapping on "Enter" accepts and stores the change.
Tapping on "Off" or "Max" sets the volume level to 0% or 100% respectively, allowing quick setting of the most common volume choices.

Technical Info - for the Curious!

Technical details

Palms don't have the kind of specialised display hardware that modern console or PC racing games like Mario Kart rely on, so GTS Racing Challenge has to use the CPU to create all elements of the display. This is a very tall order for the Palm's Dragonball processor, and required radical coding methods to get game-quality performance. The heart of the software renderer, the DDA (Differential Digital Analyzer) module, was built from over 30,000 lines of assembly language, mechanically generated by a special-purpose compiler.

The result is a game engine that can display a high-definition texture-mapped track with scaled car and tree sprites, scrolling background and onscreen instruments, at 18-20 frames per second on a Palm m130.

Registering

If you downloaded the game straight from the internet, from Astraware's web pages, or from one of the popular handheld download sites, then your copy is in 'Demo' form. Demo means that you can play free for a while, and then decide whether to register it or not.

In Demo form, you can play GTS Racing Challenge for free, as you decide whether you like it or not. After each time you play, the program will display a short message asking you to register or purchase a full version!

Registering Online:

For those that like the speed and convenience of buying of the internet, when you register for the game, you'll get a key which will unlock the game and remain valid for future upgrades. Go to the web page at www.astraware.com/palm/gts/ for more details.

You'll need to know your HotSync ID which you can find by running GTS Racing Challenge, and selecting "Register" from the "Options" menu item. Your HotSync ID (or username) will be filled in for you. You can also find it by tapping on the "HotSync" icon of your Palm, and looking in the top right hand corner of the screen.

When you register, Astraware will generate a key based on your ID, which will normally be sent out by email within 48 hours of you registering. When you receive your key, go to the same register option, and enter the key into the space provided.

Astraware Products

You can find out about Astraware and the product range we have for mobile platforms by visiting our website at www.astraware.com.
Here are our top products at time of writing:

Astraware Palm OS® Packs

GameHouse Games Pack 1Get shuffling with Nisqually, blast those blocks with Collapse and test your word power with TextTwist!
GameHouse Games Pack 2Make crazy chains in Glinx, match stunning gems in Gem Drop, and get them balls bouncing in Bounce Out!
Gameplate Twin PackBuy the brain-busting Elixir and Abysma together and save $5!
PopCap Games Pack 1Get the web games revolution that is Bejeweled, plus Alchemy, Seven Seas, Mummy Maze and Atomica!
PopCap Games Pack 2PopCap Games Pack 2 brings you another five awesome games from the masters of web games, in one pack for one great price!

Astraware Palm OS® Games

AlchemyTurn lead into gold in Astraware's addictive PopCap puzzle game!
Astro DefenceDefend your city from the asteroid threat!
AtomicaMake Molecules in Dr. Atomica's Laboratory in Astraware's addictive PopCap puzzle game!
Bang BangBackyard blasting fun
BejeweledBejeweled is the official handheld version of the incredibly popular and addictive online game by PopCap
Bejeweled Puzzle Pack CDAward winning puzzle fun with five great games including the best-selling Bejeweled!
Big Money!Coin collecting fun in another Pop Cap classic!
Biplane AceDogfight against rival fighter pilots
BookWormFeed the bookworm’s loquacious appetite with words made from connected letter tiles.
Bzzz!Fly-catching action for the Palm
Candy CruncherCandy Crunching Fun
Candy TrainGot a sweet tooth? Get your teeth into this new game from PopCap!
ChainzUn-chain your brain with Chainz from Mumbo Jumbo!
ChromaGamesGreat triple pack of classic games
ChromaGames CDIgnite your handheld with this full-color bundle of Chess, Checkers and Backgammon
Collapse!Tap matching blocks in this simple but frantic GameHouse game.
CubisThe next generation puzzle game
Darts Deluxe IIDeluxeware's addictive darts game!
DynomiteGet prehistoric with this dino egg-citing game!
ElixirCollect valuable elixir from a stack of capsules without upsetting the balance in this ultra addictive game from Trixiam Studios.
EquilibriaMatching balls on an ever shifting playing field
Exact IIDouble your eXcitement with this sequel to Deluxeware's Exact!
Eye of HorusUnleash your magical powers with this Astraware puzzle game.
Family Fun Pack CDFruit, Fish, Frogs and an Ark-load of animals adds up to fun for all the family!
Family Games PackSix great games for the whole family
FireworksCompletely free fireworks display!
Fish TycoonBreed fish in LDWs sequel to the fantastic Plant Tycoon!
Fruit FrolicIt's time to get fruity with this new game from Pyrogon!
Galaxy RangerBe a Galaxy Ranger, Save the Universe!
Gamebox GemsGameBox Gems is a collection of eight highly addictive puzzle games to keep your mind stimulated and your stylus tapping!
Gem DropGem dropping, jewel matching fun
GlinxMake chains of gems as long as you can!
GTS Racing ChallengeBring the power of high speed car racing to the Palm of your hand!
HedgehogTile matching fun from Deluxeware
HellfireRevolutionary combat action that will take you on a worldwide tour of duty
InsaniquariumFeed fish and fight aliens in the craziest aquarium ever!
Link LettersForm chains of words by altering single letters in Astraware's version of a classic word linking game
MahjonggRelax your mind with the most authentic Mahjongg solitaire game for Palm-powered handhelds
Mars Needs CowsThe challenging PopCap puzzle game of animal abduction!
MazeraGuide Ix through the world of Mazera as he searches for a way to escape and return to his home planet
Mummy MazeEscape the maze and outsmart the mummy in this great PopCap game!
NisquallyMake lines of blocks to clear the screen and complete the level
Noah's ArkSave pairs of animals from the rising water in this great PopCap game!
Plant TycoonThe immensely popular Plant simulator brought to you by LDW Software
Police RangePolice Range is a fast game of reactions, dexterity, accuracy and good judgment!
RicochetClassic brick blasting fun comes to the Palm in this conversion of the PC favourite.
Rocket ManiaPopCap's new pyrotechnic puzzler is here!
Rooks RevengeTry to kill king in this real time chess game from ASAP Games.
Round UpMarble Moving Madness
Seven SeasShip Ahoy! Blast pirates with a broadside and navigate through dangerous waters, in this PopCap puzzle game
Shattered Worlds: Space CombatYour planet needs YOU!
Strange Adventures in Infinite SpaceSail the high sea of stars in your own deep space exploration vessel.
Super Bounce OutGet the latest brain bending ball matching action in this udate of the classic Bounce Out!
T-BlasterPractice your graffiti/text entry by blasting aliens!
TacTicA twist on the classic Tic-Tac-Toe game pits you against the brain
TantricIt's a race against time as you attempt to fill in the puzzle pieces before the descending bar of doom!
Text TwistJuggle letters to make as many words as you can in a limited time!
TipTopTipTop is a swinging new action puzzle game with plenty of Fifties style and Vegas pizzazz.
Toucan TangoPuzzle fun in the Jungle! Switch eggs to make groups before they pile too high, and rescue the baby hatchlings!
TradewindsBuild your empire through swashbuckling sea combat and trade
Tradewinds CDFar East trading and adventure in the Nineteenth Century. It's your adventure... you choose how to play it!
Tycoon Twin PackPlant Tycoon and Fish Tycoon in one great pack!
What WordWord finding fun on your palm
Word MojoMisplaced your mojo? Just say the word!
Zap!2000/2016Arcade gaming on the Palm has never looked so good!

Release Revision History!

Release 1.05.20 : 25th November, 2004 Release 1.05.18 : 24th November, 2004 Release 1.03.12 : 21st July, 2003 Release 1.03.02 : 10th June, 2003 KNOWN PROBLEMS in version 1.03.02 Release 1.00.00 : 17th February, 2003

Feedback

If you've got suggestions for Astraware GTS Racing Challenge, or wish to report any problems you've had, then please contact us!

GTS Racing Challenge enquiries/feedback: [email protected]
Registration problems: [email protected]
General Astraware enquiries: [email protected]  

Contributors

Pazzazz Games
Design :Andy Wilton, Florence Pirotais
Programming : Andy Wilton
Graphics: Florence Pirotais

Astraware
Quality Assurance: Graham Harrison, Kieren Smith, Tom Berman, Roland Glew, Steven Carrie, Paul Klosowski

Beta Testing
Conner, Avi, Hiroshi, Gavin, David, Ray, Jason, Roman, Tobias, Ivan, Scott, Dennis, Chris, Kevin, Steve, James, Moishe, Zac, Cheryl, Len, Frank, Roger, John, and all other contributors to the Astraware beta testing community!

Software License Agreement

This is a legal agreement between you, the end user, and Astraware Limited. Read this agreement very carefully. If you do not wish to accept this agreement, you may not use GTS Racing Challenge on a device or software emulator.
  1. Grant Of License
    This License permits you to use GTS Racing Challenge on any single computer, provided the software is installed on only one handheld device at any time.

  2. Copyright
    The software is owned by Astraware Limited and is protected by United Kingdom copyright laws, international treaty provisions, and all other applicable national laws. You may not modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the code and algorithms of the software.

  3. Other Restrictions
    You may not rent or lease the software, but you may transfer your rights under this license agreement on a permanent basis provided you transfer all copies of the software and all written materials and the recipient agrees to the terms of this license.

  4. No Warranty
    The software is delivered as is and Astraware Limited makes no warranty as to its use or performance. Astraware Limited does not, and cannot warrant the performance or results you may obtain by using the Software or its documentation. Astraware Limited makes no warranties, express or implied, as to noninfringement of third party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event will Astraware Limited be liable to you for any consequential, incidental or special damages, or for any claim by any third party.

Legal

Astraware Limited takes no responsibility for any adverse effect that this software could cause to your machine or the data on it: backup important data before using GTS Racing Challenge. GTS Racing Challenge is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. GTS Racing Challenge is licensed, not sold.

You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble this software.

Astraware’s and its suppliers’ entire liability and your exclusive remedy shall be, at Astraware’s option, either (a) return of the price paid, if any, or (b) replacement of the product that does not meet the warranty and which is returned to Astraware with a copy of your receipt. This warranty is void if failure of the product has resulted from accident, abuse, or misapplication. Any replacement software product will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or thirty (30) days, whichever is longer. These remedies are not available without proof of purchase from an authorized source.

Written permission must be obtained before distribution of this game, either in demo form or full form, through any online or offline methods. You may link to the product specific page, but not directly to the files (as these will change and as the programs are updated) 

Copyright 2002-2004 Andy Wilton. Pazzazz and Pazzazz Games are trademarks of Pazzazz Games. Published by Astraware Ltd. - www.astraware.com.

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