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article.gifIII. Palm Freeware - 3. Matches


  • Version : 3.5 (September 2007)
  • Freeware for :
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  • Downloadable File : (52 Kb)

Matches is a silly little game in which each of the two players (computer and you) removes one after the other from one to three matches. The player who finds himself with the last match looses the game.
Matches comes with sound. You've got to feel the pleasure of seeing and hearing matches burn


  • Version : 1.0 (October 2003)
  • Freeware for : PalmOS versions 3.5 / 4.x / 5.x
  • Language :
  • Screen :
  • Downloadable File : (39 Ko)

MatchesHB is the same silly game as Matches, but it was developped with HB++. This is my first program made with this wonderful fully integrated Basic compiler RAD tool.

Matches Source Code

I have ported Matches in different languages and development tools, that was a very good exercise for me in all these tools. Matches is even a sample software for all these tools. So, the Matches source code is open and free.

Updates Description

3.5 (09/17/07)
- recompiled this program with the latest iziBasic version 6.1 to avoid device freezes or soft resets on some devices

3.4 (02/23/05)
- Bug fix: the “no animation” option would not work since I added the crackling sound of burning matches in version 3.3
- Recompiling this program with the latest iziBasic version 5.0 led to a 12 KB (-12%) decrease of the program's foot print

3.3 (01/04/05)
- added crackling sound of burning matches

3.2 (12/02/04)
- added an exit from menu option in the Options and Help menus
- minor source code change and compiler version upgrade for a smoother running of the Matches software

3.1 (10/22/04)
- upgraded all popup windows

3.0 (10/04/04)
- switched reference source code from HSPascal to iziBasic, this was a complete rewrite of this software!
- minor cosmetic changes in the user interface
- fixed white background of the glyphs if the device has a color theme with non white background chosen in preferences
- added gray glyphs in addition to the existing black & white and color ones
- added animation of burning matches when removing matches

2.0 (10/24/02)
- corrected a bug due to color version arrival (v1.9) that would put all pictures filled with black for the black & white version
- changed skin color for the human player picture which no more looks like a white "sick" skin!
- source code optimization for the "magic formula" and for a smoother succession of display events

1.9 (09/18/02)
- added color
- added Donation information
- minor cosmetic changes in the user interface
- source code optimization
- upgraded the help file

1.8 (05/21/02)
- game speed control option
- update of contact info (web site, e-mail)
- code update for Palm OS v5 compliancy

1.7 (05/04/02)
- a few cosmetic changes in th user interface and the dialogs
- a small icon for list views
- a review of the source code (optimization, etc...)
- minimum Palm OS version check

1.6 (12/05/01)
- minor cosmetic changes in the user interface (menu bars)

1.5 (10/30/01)
- code modifications to be compliant with latest versions of HSpascal

1.4 (08/06/01)
- slight source code optimization

1.3 (08/01/01)
- preferences save & restore

1.2 (07/22/01)
- cosmetics enhancements
- use of HSPascal's just arrived Randomize and Random() functions instead of home made randomizing functions

1.1 (07/10/01)
- debugging

1.0 (7/28/01)
- initial release

Creation date : 01/01/2003 @ 00:00
Last update : 25/09/2007 @ 16:33
Category : III. Palm Freeware

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by aldweb 18/10/2004 @ 23:00

Hello Apryl,

If I were to give the answer here, or even a clue towards it... you would have felt so disapointed to have missed the very little thing that you are bout to find by yourself

I am pretty sure that you will thank me when you will have found the trick


Reaction #1 

by Apryl 18/10/2004 @ 15:34

I love the game, 'Matches', but I was hoping that the 'secret' would be revealed on the website.

I have figured something out, but it is not enough to matter when there are more than 15 matches left.

Help! I used to play this as a child, but I didn't get to play much. I want to show off to others!
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