BEIKS Color Lines for BlackBerry
Color Lines is an addictive game of skill and luck.
BlackBerry OS 4.0 and higher
Verified to work on:
We aim at supporting
BlackBerry devices in use.
device was recently announced we
likely support it too even if it is
not listed here!
Owners of 7xxx and other older
series models may
to obtain appropriate build for
* BlackBerry 8100 series (8110, 8120
* BlackBerry 8300 series (8310,8320,8330)
* BlackBerry 8700 series
* BlackBerry 8500 series (BlackBerry
* BlackBerry 8800 (8810,
8820, 8830, etc.)
* BlackBerry 9000 aka BlackBerry Bold
* For BlackBerry Storm support ( 9500,
9530, 9550 models) please see description
* Latest BlackBerry 8900, BlackBerry
9630 and BlackBerry 9700
Color Lines is a board game mixing logic and luck for a
simple yet extremely addictive playing experience.
The BEIKS' version of the game for the BlackBerry
platform is based on the classic
Color Lines by Gamos Software, a Russian company which, to the best of our
the first to release Color Lines.
The game quickly became extremely popular and at some
point was reportedly more popular than Tetris itself in Russia. Yet the two
games are totally different in concept and playing experience.
We at BEIKS are avid Color Lines fans and do our best
to present the game to every major mobile platform.
Since its initial release in mid 90s the game had seen
many modifications, extensions and other changes by various developers around the world.
Some have indeed been for the good. Others have not.
And although we ourselves offer an "extended"
mode we can't help but notice that the game shines in its original, simple
and - again - terribly addictive implementation, which we try to preserve in
every release we make.
The game is played on a rectangular
board, where user takes turns to play with the color balls.
Each turn starts with three balls
falling on random free cells on the board. The user can see the three games
that are about to occupy the board on the next turn, but doesn't know where
they will drop, because it is randomly decided.
Once the balls drop, the user can
relocate one ball on the board. This is done by selecting the ball to
be relocated and then indicating the place to where it should go; there must
be a clean path of unoccupied cells that the ball can move through in order
to reach the desired destination. Balls can not move diagonally or jump over
With 3 balls falling each turn, the
board will apparently get full quickly, unless there is a way to somehow get
rid of them.
To remove balls from the board the
user needs to arrange a horizontal or vertical line of five or more balls of
the same color.
When that happens, the whole line
disappears and the player gets both points and more room to play. The longer
the line, the more points are awarded (e.g. imagine 3 green balls, empty
cell and then another three green balls; by relocating a green ball between
the two triads, the user can get a total of 7 balls).
The game ends when the board gets full
and there is no more space for new balls to drop.
Basically, that is Color Lines in its
Once the user purchases and enters an
activation key, he or she can also switch to Advanced mode, where there are
some additional types of objects that can fall and be operated on the board.
Those include wildcard balls (balls that can be any color), mixed color
balls, score multiplier balls, rocks, granades, paint buckets etc.
Some say the goal of Color Lines is to
gain points, because this is how you get the highest score in the Hall Of
Others claim that the real goal of the game is to make sure you keep the
board clean since that is the only way to keep scoring points.
The variety of BlackBerry devices and the
differences among them present certain challenges in both implementing and
explaining the game controls.
While in game mode, there is a rectangular cursor
blinking over the currently highlighted cell on the board.
You can move the cursor around, but depending on the BlackBerry model that
is achieved differently.
It is easiest and most natural on BlackBerries with
trackballs such as the ones found in the 8100, 8200, 8300, 8800 and 9000 models.
In this case you just use the trackball to move the cursor around and click
to indicate selection - picking or dropping a ball.
On devices with track wheels, such as the 8700, 7100
and all other old, rolling the wheel moves the cursor vertically and
seemingly you are not able to move it horizontally.
However, you can achieve that by holding down the ALT button while rolling
Alternatively, you can use the game's menu mode to assign particular buttons
for the up, down, left, right and selection buttons.
Note that because the trackball/wheel clicking is
being interpreted as a sell selection request, it does NOT by default serve
its usual function of invoking the application menu.
Instead, by default you must press the "0" button to
invoke the game's graphical menu. You can change that button along with the
Note that on some devices in order to enter "0" you must hold down the NUM
or ALT button!
BEIKS strongly recommends downloading and evaluating a software
product prior to purchasing it.
For individual users there are two major ways of installing
- Installing through a desktop companion (Desktop
Manager for Windows Users, PocketMac or
The Missing Sync for BlackBerry on Mac OS X)
- Installing directly over-the-air (OTA) to the BlackBerry device
itself; this method implies the BlackBerry has access to Internet,
whether through a data plan subscription or through WiFi or Bluetooth
OTA installations usually require the user to point the BlackBerry
browser to a certain web address optimized for mobile access and follow
certain download link to instruct the BlackBerry to download and install
In most cases OTA downloads are
most convenient, not only because they do not require the use of a
second computer, but also because they are accessible anytime and
anywhere - at the restaurant, airport, practically everywhere where
OTA downloads, however, also have some drawbacks. For example some
carriers impose a limit on the size of the application that can be
downloaded over-the-air. As of September 2007 BlackBerry users on
the Cingular network (presently AT&T) are complaining that
when attempting to download a large file wirelessly they receive
Error 907: Invalid COD. This is a misleading error message - the
COD is all right except it is prohibited for download, usually due
to its size.
Through a desktop companion
MS Windows 2000/XP/Vista
|Through a desktop companion
||Mac OS X, Linux, Windows (manual)
(directly to the phone's main memory)
- irrelevant -
|Point your BlackBerry browser to
and follow the links there.
(to the phone's media card)
- irrelevant -
|See how to use BEIKS'
BeFTP file transfer
application to wirelessly download
talking phrase books and Bibles
to the media card.
Installation instructions (when
installing through a desktop companion)
section discusses the process of installing BEIKS applications on
BlackBerry smart phones via the BlackBerry Desktop Manager®
and Application Loader programs installed on a Microsoft Windows®
powered desktop or laptop computers.
Note that many BEIKS applications for BlackBerry are also
available for direct wireless download through the BlackBerry's built-in
web browser from the mobile version of the BEIKS web site
dictionary, phrase book and Bible data files can also be downloaded
wirelessly and stored to the device's media card, and that requires
using BEIKS' BeFTP instead of the built-in browser.
desktop distributives of all BEIKS applications for BlackBerry come as
single Windows executable files, containing the necessary BlackBerry
applications and data as well as a Windows installation wizard aimed at
simplifying the installation process.
To start the installation, all the user needs to do is double-click on
the distributive. This tells Windows that the user wants to execute the
file. Once the BEIKS installation wizard takes control, the user can
usually just follow the on-screen instructions.
of a BlackBerry application via Desktop Manager happens in
BlackBerry application itself is being copied (installed) from the
distributive to the host desktop or laptop computer and registered
with Desktop Manager.
This is pretty much all the installation wizard of the BEIKS
application does for you.
BlackBerry application module(s) get moved from the host computer to
the BlackBerry with the help of the Application Loader program,
which is part of the BlackBerry's Desktop Manager.
This part has to be manually performed by the user after the
successful completion of the first step. The BEIKS distributives
usually contain very detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions
on how to perform this step once the first one is complete.
BlackBerry application can often contain more than one module. For
example, a dictionary would consist of a dictionary reader and one or
more dictionary data files. A talking phrase book would consist of the
phrases application and then one module of language data and one module
for voice data.
BlackBerry Application Loader (part of the Desktop Manager that comes on
a CD with every BlackBerry) is designed to "mirror" the BlackBerry
application modules installed on the host computer and registered with
it with the ones in the actual handheld.
why it is important that you do NOT uninstall the desktop applications
once the modules get successfully transferred to the BlackBerry; upon
next use of Application Loader , it will notice they are missing from
the desktop and will also delete them from the handheld!
BlackBerry's Application Loader presents the user with a list of all
handheld modules it is aware of, letting him choose which ones are
supposed to be mirrored (installed) on the device and which are only
kept on the desktop, eventually for installation to the handheld at a
If you get to the form with the available
application modules in Application Loader and there is
nothing in it, then you are missing a core portion of
your BlackBerry Desktop Manager installation - the
handheld's system files. You will not be able to
install any third-party application until those become
available. For further help, see the troubleshooting section
report any and
all installation troubles you may come across!
Below are the commonly
asked questions about installing software and using on BlackBerry:
Q. Your application is
not showing in the Application Loader's list of applications.
A. The most common reason for this problem is that Desktop
Manager is missing the System Handheld Software that complements it and
allows it to properly install 3rd party applications. Sometimes the
Desktop Manager itself may also need to be updated to its latest
version. See the third question below.
You may also want to try and add the application manually through the
"Add..." button in the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. You will need to
locate and specify its ALX file, which is a description file containing
the list of all files that need to be installed. It is called ALX
because of its extensions, which is ".ALX"; its full name will vary
depending on the application being installed.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager returns "No
additional applications designed for your handheld were found" error
when trying to manually add an application (an ALX file).
A. This used to be a problem in older Desktop Manager versions.
It was caused by lack of BlackBerry System Handheld Software on the
desktop side. BlackBerry Desktop 4.7 and higher automatically download
the necessary System Handheld Software so you should not be seeing this
Q. When I
run Application Loader and go to the "Handheld Application Selection"
screen as per your instructions, there are only your applications /
there are no applications listed there.
A. Same as above - download and install both the latest
Desktop Manager and the System Handheld Software for your phone model.
Q. What is
"System Handheld Software" and where do I find it?
A. Desktop Manager 4.7 and later takes care of installing it for
For reference purposes, you can find an
answer to this question
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