Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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Light Speed Snake

by davesoft - Compo Entry

Snake, but with a twist. Rather than going Up, Down, Left and Right you move diagonally and use the 2 buttons to flip Horizontal or flip Vertical.

H and V on the keyboard do the same flip, also you could tab between the 2 buttons and press Space to activate them. Make the window larger to zoom in.

The diagonal movement gives an interesting side effect, only a keen-eyed player will deduce why some food and snakes look lighter than others.

Collect the green food to grow larger and survive as long as you can. Food and competition will be added regularly, to keep things interesting.

After you die your score can be uploaded to a free Buddy scoreboard tracker, and I'll update this post with any extreme scores I see :)

Whether you upload a score or not the game will continue adding food and snakes after death, until you press the restart button at the top left, or close the program.

Due to comments so far, I've halved the speed....
Completed and submitted in 12hours.

Top scorer is STILL (cmon people):
amras0000 {"Score":5878,"Difficulty":36,"Competition":6}

Post-submission change: CONVERTED TO 32BIT BY REQUEST 15/12/2015 18:32 UTC

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Anthony_y says ...
Dec 12, 2015 @ 1:21pm

10/10 would snake again.

davesoft says ...
Dec 12, 2015 @ 1:29pm

Haha, thanks

Dec 12, 2015 @ 5:01pm

I get 2428
good luck in your game

Dec 13, 2015 @ 12:48am

Good Game, helped me overcome my fear of snakes!

Dec 13, 2015 @ 1:47pm

Hard, hard, so hard. Maybe you should have made the food one or two pixels bigger.

Martins says ...
Dec 13, 2015 @ 2:42pm

Now thats almost a QWOP level of controll awkwardness :D Good fun.

Dooskington says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:13pm

Woo! New high score! Fun game. It's a bit hard to see your snake among the others, though.

Rscar says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:14pm

So challenging but I love it

qkerguelen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:16pm

Nice one :) I don't think that popups are the best options to display text but your game is cool :)

fakefrogsonly says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:56pm

The movement was difficult to get to grips with as it was so different to anything else. Great presentation though!

icereci says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:58pm

It's no snake, it's a worm!!
Like the game..

AzureAspect says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:59pm

For some reason avira antivir thinks the game has virus o.o
Played it still (dont trust the antivirus programs!).
I had hard time figuring out how to play the game, my snake always turned wrong way (doh!)
Nice concept for two buttons!

Knowledge says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:27pm

May you please make 32-bit version.

amras0000 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:25pm

I've got to ditto OfficialProjectFantasy there. The food was incredibly tiny, to the point of it making more sense to just change directions randomly and hope for the best at the higher levels. Larger food pellets, or just a more zoomed-in grid would have helped. I loved the control scheme, though. Wreaks your brain a bit.

having the music open in my browser meant that it wasn't on loop, and I couldn't be bothered to restart it.

Significant bug: Difficulty doesn't reset on restart; the speed you had continues on into the next game.

davesoft says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:41pm

Wow, your score was great! Thanks for the feedback. Making the window larger zooms the board in.
I'll look into that bug, shouldn't be hard to fix.
amras0000 {"Score":5878,"Difficulty":36,"Competition":6}

davesoft says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Fixed. Thanks amras0000.

qristofer says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:14pm

Yes, I thought of QWOP as well. It's like snake on Nokia 3310, except every other direction, you must press the opposite. Very tricky! :) Nice!

AriaMK says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:54am

This was pretty neat and tricky!
I got 3763 I think and am pretty proud of that score :)
I like the music too but wished it was embedded in the game and would repeat. Maybe adding a slower snake to start out with to get the hang of it would make it easier to start.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:14pm

awesome! very creative, good job :D

davesoft says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:35pm

Thanks for the feedback guys, heartwarming stuff. I regret my 'external music' choice now... who cares about an extra 10mb these days right?

Converted to explicit 32bit by request of Knowledge (who made an awesome arduino game!)

Anachron says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:16am

Good for my timing... not sure the music fits but it adds to the trippy vibe

DeanoC says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:48am

Cool, hard to get used to it not being the snake controls. Guess too many hours on the original! Even with such simple controls, still found some 'tactics'!

Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:40pm


Knowledge says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:57pm

Thanks for porting but now it just prints "this program cannot be run in DOS-mode." and quits.

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 6:48pm

Wow, playing snake diagonally was quite the challenge, fun little game, good job!
Would have been nice to see where I ranked on the leaderboards but oh well :)

davesoft says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 9:58pm

Thanks! I couldn't figure out how to read from Buddy in realtime before submitting.. still not entirely sure now. I think you're in about 9th place:
Jessica {"Score":2503,"Difficulty":13,"Competition":6}

Folk seem to either get 1000-1500ish or go nuts and play several times till they get 30000ish! Then there's a couple of nutters with 5000+ :D

phi says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:27pm

That's really interesting! The music is cheaply implemented, but nice. The GUI is a bit weird, and it seemed to me that the game is slowed down by maximizing the window (is the framerate not synchronized with real time?). The controls are quite difficult to handle in the beginning, but it's still fun to play.

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 3:49pm

Your app has been pulled by Dropbox. I'm getting a "restricted content" page.

davesoft says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 4:44pm

Fixed! Seems dropbox don't like executables flying around :)

knason says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 8:03pm

This was a challenging game, I liked it! I got a bit over 2500 I think and was happy about that. :) good job!

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