[_] Flash game - posting scores to a php scoreboard...
oliver at watershed.co.uk
Mon Dec 14 09:34:51 GMT 2009
On 14 Dec 2009, at 09:27, Steve Kirtley wrote: > Anyone have any clever ideas to stop anyone just monitoring the > network > activity of the game and just posting a score of their choice to the > same > script? One trick is to have savepoints in the game, so the user's score is submitted periodically throughout. By checking that score timestamps are within the expected ranges (and possibly having a non-obvious point-specific string that's sent with each savepoint too) you should be able to spot most cheaters. It's also worth encrypting the data you send - even though someone can get at your encryption key by decompiling the flash app, it'll put off the casual cheater. As ever, it depends on what it's worth to cheat: if you're giving away a laptop to the highest score, put in loads of measures. If it's just a fun game, you don't need to worry so much. Oliver.