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

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by VDZ - Compo Entry

(Updated on December 19th, 2015. For judging, use the original version (first two links). For just playing for fun, the post-LD version is strongly recommended instead; it has improvements like savegames, music and much, much better balance.)

SnakeRPG is what happens when you take Snake out of its
single-screen environment and have the snake embark on an epic
journey to slay monsters. With each level up, you grow stronger,
but you also grow larger, making you more vulnerable. Reach and
defeat the slime king despite your limited movement options!


Left/A/Num4 - Rotate left
Right/D/Num6 - Rotate right

Spacebar - Pause the game
Escape - Exit the game

Details of the gameplay are explained in the tutorial at the start of
the game.

This game is Windows-only.

This game is public domain. Feel free to do whatever you want with it.

Downloads and Links




GhostBomb says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:49pm

This game is way too stressful for me.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:32pm

Great use of the themes!

refreshgames says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:52pm

You made Snake, but made it a lot more fun, that's a good thing! Clever usage of both themes also, congrats :)

Jimbly says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:47pm

The best combination of Snake and an RPG I've ever played! Great idea =). I run into walls (or myself) way too often though, couldn't get very far.

Jordan Smith says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:50pm

Very fun game. However, there was a bug where the enemies would walk around inside which was a bit distorting but otherwise very strong entry.

punkto says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:19pm

Using the snake game is a good idea, but I can't play windows' games :(

Mantlair says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:39pm

Game crashed 3 times. I am using 32 bit windows could that be the reason?

VDZ says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 12:37am

When does it crash? If it crashes all the way at startup before you see anything, it's your video card. I always forget to implement error handling for that situation, but XNA games crash at startup if your video card doesn't meet the minimum requirements. If you're on a laptop with dual video card, try if you can run the game using the more powerful video card.

If it crashes at any other point, could you provide more information? When does it crash, and what information does it give you when it crashes? Is it the typical Windows crash message?

Joror says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:49pm

Interesting concept! I like innovation of the snake-to-rpg conversion :D

I would make hitting the walls not so deadly, or make it so you do not start over again when you die that way ;)

mockthebear says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 10:54pm

Foxtacy: hahahahaha quite curious! we did a snake based game too! It's called Snakescape, check it out :)

I really enjoy your take on snake-like games. It's really fun, did you use MonoGame?

VDZ says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 7:38am

I used XNA, the (now deprecated) Microsoft framework that MonoGame is based on (MonoGame is open-source XNA, pretty much). I should move on to MonoGame at some point, but my graphics library isn't fully compatible and so I'd need to fix it under MonoGame, something I still haven't done yet.

Rosain_f says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 2:01pm

Crashed when starting :( Want to try rpg mixed with snake !

Jan 1, 2016 @ 3:03am

This is a great idea, you got very good ratings from me, particularly in innovation - I would like to see this concept explored a bit more, preferably in a platform which is more accessible. A simple tile based game like this could be done in js / canvas so there would be nothing for players to install.

I'm really sad to say that XNA is not the right platform for LD - the only LD game I ever submitted flopped because very few people could play it.

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