Constructor Fence Fixer
Constructor is a great game that has lived up to aging really well, sadly there is still an annoying glitch which on occasion prevents fences from being rebuilt. This program aims to address that by fixing the bug in the game's save file.
Current State (Last updated - 31 Dec 2012)
This project is currently on pause. I was hoping to have it complete by Jan 2012 but that certainly hasn't happened! I'm busy updating the site and playing with my Christmas presents but I'll come back to it at some point in 2013.
So far I have worked out what a lot of the data in the save file refers to including: where the resources are stored, where the available tenants are stored, where all the history information is, the house value, the amount of rent per month and a few other things, all of which will be available in the hacking section soon. Sadly no concrete data on the fences yet, just graphics which aren't of any great help.
Constructor is awesome! It was developed by System 3 in 1997 and released by Acclaim and is great fun.
It does have a bit of a steep difficulty curve, even on easy, but since you can play with a varying amount of opponents, including playing with zero opposition, you can control how hard it is in steps to a certain degree. However the majority of the difficulty stems from the amount of micro-management you have to do along with the constant attacks on your properties by enemy foremen. The problem isn't so much the attacks themselves, they are easily countered with a quick attack on the attacking foreman, the problem lies with the need to rebuild the fence that was attacked or face 'black marks' from the council and, as you know, too many black marks leads to game over!
But even rebuilding the fence isn't that hard if you have enough money and a free work team. This is assuming of course that the game hasn't glitched out and made it impossible to rebuild the fence! If it has then you are left with no choice but selling the house and rebuilding it (assuming this house is still available to build) to make the fence buildable again and there is nothing saying that it won't just glitch out again.
So that is why I have made this little program to scan save files for glitched fences and to make them buildable again without the need to sell the house they surround.
It would of course be better to just fix the bug that is causing the glitch but sadly I don't have the knowledge required to do so or the time to learn it. Besides, there are so many interesting things to discover and that can be done with a save file!
Nothing to see here at the moment.
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