I’m still working on OpenRCT2 and it has been coming along nicely. The other week I completed a new feature for the project, the text input window. In the normal RCT2 whenever you want to label something such as a ride or an individual guest you would be presented with a classic windows input dialog box. Apart from being not very cross platform compatible it also does not match the RCT2 look. I decided that we should probably implement a new window that would match the existing style.  The final window ended up looking like the below.

New input window

The colours match the window that opened it and although not shown in that picture there is a cursor indicating where the text will be inserted.

I used the SDL2.0 text input API which ended up being much simpler than I was expecting. By using the SDL API I did not need to have to worry about if CAPS LOCK or shift was pressed and it even handles ‘é’ correctly. I’m quite proud of the results and it shows the sort of simple features that OpenRCT2 can bring in. IntelOrca has suggested creating a save and load game dialog in a similar way but for now I think it would be best to focus in other areas.

One of the other parts I have been working on in OpenRCT2 is the windows and peep related update functions. It is quite enjoyable reversing these functions as you start to get an understanding of all of the available options that a peep has and why it does them. One interesting note is that peeps have a potential of becoming unhappy if you keep picking them up. You also can generate a “I feel like i am being watched” thought if you keep the peep viewport window open. To reset what a peep is doing the game puts them in a falling state. This happens every time they leave a ride/enter the park or generally do any action. When queuing in lines there are a whole host of rules related to how long before they started generating the “I’ve been queuing for ages” thought. Another interesting note is they will only give up queuing if the ride closes or there happiness falls below a certain value. When a peep sits down the length of time they stay seated is related to there tiredness. If they have any food on them they are required to finish eating it all before they can sit up.

I’m not close to finishing all of the peep related functions so I am sure there will be lots of discoveries still to come. See this branch for the latest (in terms of peep functions).