Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

Back to Browse Entries

Ancient Snake

by jimmynoshoes - Competition Entry

A retro snake game complete with Nokia phone and annoying sounds. A perfect game to annoy all other passengers on the train. The theme is Ancient Technology so naturally I thought about Nokia.

By Patrick Woodcock @JimmyNoShoes

Use arrow keys or tap the arrows on the mobile phone to move. This is a web game. It will work on phones/tablets too.

Image is of my Dad's current mobile phone. Sounds made with Bfxr. Game made with Construct2.

Downloads and Links


appleskin says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:37am

Nice work getting the visuals to match the screen. Brilliant choice of ancient technology (great minds think alike ;)

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:37am

The graphics are great - the details on the screen (the line things) are fab. My high-score was 300. Try to beat that, other commenters :P

tomer_cool says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:44am

The game is fun reminds me my friends mom old phone with his old games.

sudorossy says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:43pm

Aww really miss those days! I like that you use snake as ancient technology -itsandrea

Allthebees says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:05pm

I'm so glad you made this. Really well executed as well, the effects on the screen done nicely and I'm impressed you sourced a phone for the photo!

justinooncx says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Hah, I was wondering if someone would make something like this. Nothing much to say about it, although choosing when to start would be nice. The constant dying sounds are rather loud.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:46pm

Really good idea! Simple, well made game. I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

Sep 4, 2016 @ 2:41pm

Haven't played snake in years so was pretty funny to be reminded of my old nokia phone. Well executed themed game.

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 2:39am

It's cool. It's all snake.

You must sign in to comment.

Mini Submission FAQ

TEAMS: Teams entering the Jam should pick a single representative to submit your game, or create a team specific account you can share. We currently do not support Team Voting, but sharing an account and together playing and rating games is acceptable.

CAN I ENTER BOTH EVENTS?: You should pick 1 event, whichever you think it’ll do better in. If the idea is strong, and everything plays well enough, you can go Compo. If you’re a perfectionist, and would prefer people to play a more polished game, do the Jam. Many solo participants enter the Jam.

If you made 2 games, unfortunately, the website doesn’t support multiple submissions per user. To submit your 2nd game, you will have to make a 2nd account. Only do this if you made 2 games. Alternatively, if one game is better than the other, then consider just entering the better game.

CAN I KEEP WORKING UNTIL THE DEADLINE?: Yes! Immediately after the 48 or 72 hours, we do something called Submission Hour. As the name suggests, it’s an extra hour for you to package, upload, and submit your games. If there were catastrophic issues trying submitting your game, or you misunderstood how submissions work, that’s okay. It happens. We’re flexible. If you need advice, check with the folks on IRC. If you need an admin, get in touch.

CAN I KEEP WORKING ON MY GAME?: Oh definitely! You should! But for the sake of judging, keep the Compo or Jam version around. You can include a link to the Post-Compo/Post-Jam version of your game on your games page, but sure your main links are the original version.

PORTS: Ports to other platforms can be done after the deadline. That said, the sooner you finish your port, the sooner people can play your game, improving your chances of placing in the final results. For best results, provide a Web version of your game, or a Windows version with no dependencies. Also be sure to rate at least 20 games to improve your visibility (Coolness).

MY GAME CRASHES, IS UNBEATABLE, OR I MADE A TYPO: We allow you to fix crashes, win condition, or tiny bugs after the deadline. In a sense, this is like “porting” to support more players. We leave this open to interpretation, but generally speaking your game should be identical to the game you submitted. No new features, just fixing mistakes you should have caught had you been better rested.

MY GAME DOESN’T SHOW UP: If you can’t find your game, it’s usually because the URL to your downloads are missing ‘http://‘. Fix your URLs ( and you will show up. Alternatively, if you just posted it, wait a minute. The cache may not have refreshed yet.

NOT LOGGED IN?: If you get a message about not being logged in, even though you are, it’s because your web browser cached the non-logged in page. You can fix this by either refreshing your cache or clearing your cache. CTRL+F5 in many browsers. Chrome is a bit more work. Press F12 to enable Developer Mode, then you can right click on the refresh button and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”. This option is unavailable if you are not in Developer Mode.

[cache: storing page]