- Opens the Play Game menu, where you can start a new
game, continue an existing game, or remove unwanted
- Lets you adjust a variety of parameters.
Information - Opens this help system. You
may return to the game by clicking on "One
Nation Under God" in the Windows toolbar.
- Leave the game. You may also exit by pressing the
Games - It displays a list of the games you
wish to play. If the game has been completed, it
allows you to "view" the game. As you
scroll up and down, notice that the lesson for that
game is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Press
the Delete key to permanently delete the currently
highlighted game. Select a game to play or view it.
Select "Start New Game" to begin a new
game. Note: if this was your first game, this part is
skipped and it goes on to the next step.
- Type the New you with to give your game, and press
Lesson -Select the lesson you wish to use
for your game. The lessons at the top give more
general background information regarding the founding
of country, so you may wish to work through these
Level - Select the level / world you wish to
use for your game. You may choose any level, but they
arranged from easiest at the top to the most
difficult at the bottom. Some levels use the
"Simplified Controls" which do not require
a great deal of hand / eye motor skills.
Resolution - Sets how detailed your screen
will be. It displays width x height x bits per pixel.
Pixels are the tiny dots that make up the pictures on
your computer screen. The larger the numbers, the
more detail and the smoother the image. The bits per
pixel refers to how accurately the system displays
the colors in the game 16 bits = 65,536 colors that
can be displayed, 24 bits = 16,777,216 that can be
displayed. 16 bits should work just fine. When
setting your screen resolution, keep in mind that the
larger the number, the slower it will run. You should
normally not have to deal with this setting. You can
also select Windowed, and the game will play inside a
window on your desktop. Think of this as keyboard
only, as certain mouse functions do not operate in
- This mostly adjusts the overall lighting of the
game. This can be adjusted if your display it too
dark or light, or you just prefer variety in the look
of the game. There is also a nighttime mode for a
Visual Range - If this is off, then distant
objects fade into a black fog. You should only set
this to off if your system is very slow and not able
to play the game at an acceptable speed.
Lighting - This allows you to turn off the
lights and sheen effects in the game. Turn this off
if your game exhibits a lot of flickering on the
walls, which can happen on older systems. It may also
speed things up.
- Some video display adapters will not correctly
display the shadow underneath Sam. Turn this off if
Sam's shadow looks messed up.
Animation - On some really old systems, the
waving flag menu animation has problems, or the One
Nation logo is surrounded by black. Turn Menu
Animation off if this happens to you.
Music Volume - Adjusts the volume of the
background music. This will not affect the Start
Spangled Banner song at the end.
Effects Volume - Adjusts the volume of the
boings, bangs, etc. within the game.
Buttons - Some people like to control the
walking using the left button, others don't. This
setting has no effect within the "simplified
Sensitivity - Determines how much the motion
of the mouse affects turning / looking in the game.
- This affects the size of the educational text
within the game.
Uncle Sam -
You can choose between a cartoony character and a
more realistic version.
Automatically - When set to On,
Text-to-speech system will read the educational text
on the screen whenever it changes. It also
automatically stops when the text goes away. At any
time (regardless of this setting), you may ress the R
key to read the current text.
Technology - Choose between Off (disables
speech entirely), SAPI 4.0 buffered (will work on
most computers, but has a pause before speaking),
SAPI 4.0 (will work on most computers with a good
sound card), and SAPI 5.1 (works on Windows XP only,
and has the most accurate pronunciation). Rarely,
SAPI 5.1 will not work on inexpensive sound cards,
even under Windows XP. If the program detects that it
can't run SAPI 5.1, then it automatically switches to
SAPI 4.0 buffered.
- Exit Options Menu. You can also use the Esc key.