Friday, April 27, 2012

VIM Adventures - Learning VIM the fun way... "Zelda meets text editing"

Lifehacker - VIM Adventures Is a Fun Puzzle Game That Teaches You How To Use The Awesome Text Editor Vim

Vim is one of our favorite text editors, but there's a steep learning curve because it only uses keyboard commands—no mouse. VIM Adventures will teach you Vim shortcuts in a very enjoyable way: Playing an old school Zelda-like puzzle game.


VIM Adventures

What is VIM Adventures?

VIM Adventures is an online game based on VIM's keyboard shortcuts (commands, motions and operators). It's the "Zelda meets text editing" game. It's a puzzle game for practicing and memorizing VIM commands (good old VI is also covered, of course). It's an easy way to learn VIM without a steep learning curve.

You play a blinking cursor appearing one day in a semi text based world inhabited by little people but ruled by bugs. You soon discover that your arrival was foretold by an old prophecy and that you're expected to restore order to the world.

How to play

You start the game with only the ability to move up, down, left, and right. Using the mouse or cursor keys is not allowed, so look around you for a hint on how to move :) As you progress, you talk to people and collect items and keyboard buttons. Each keyboard button adds to the set of commands you can give the cursor, until you master VIM.

These instructions are all you need to know. Hints scattered throughout the game help you and ease the learning process. You can't advance to the next level until you master a skill! imageimage

That's awesome and officially cool.

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