Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Snakes and Letters

by Dining Philosopher - Jam Entry

Snakes and Letters is a hardcore 1.5-player platformer in which you climb to the top of a pyramid to reach the tomb of your ancestors. Along the way there are three relics to collect.

Controls: Arrows to move, letters to make snake, space to remove snake.

Please let us know how far you get.


Chrome works best, Firefox is choppy, IE does not work.
The Post-Compo has some fixes to make the controls tighter, slight performance optimization and "improved" level design.

We didn't have time for music, but here is a suggestion:

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wwwhizz says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:05am

Cool game, nice to play with two people, bit hard to play it alone. No fair warning for the laser pharaoh though ;)

c4m says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:09am

I really liked the idea of creating platforms like that, though I spend seconds trying to find the keys while avoiding the enemies lol
The only thing that is kinda confusing is when you wanna remove a snake. Like, sometimes it doesn't work when pressing the letters. Maybe I was just doing it wrong. And yeah, the laser though, can barely see it xd
It's hardcore afterall, I guess.

Josho says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:47am

Fun little game but you can get stuck in the snakes

Dec 16, 2016 @ 3:09pm

@c4m: Indeed, for the red and black snakes you need to find some items first. Perhaps we'll put up a post-compo where we fix that.
@Josho: have you tried pressing space? Otherwise it may be a bug.

neontropics says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 1:41pm

Cool mechanics! Pretty hard though, but I like the idea a lot, it's fun making switches in the air correctly and whatnot

Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:26pm

Great stuff! I wonder if it would be possible to remove the platformer controls, and control the entire game just by typing letters. Snakes to push the player forwards, conveyor belt snakes, trampoline snakes, shield snakes, the possibilities are endless!

Dec 17, 2016 @ 4:46pm

Cute concept for a game. That second enemy, with the death balls must have killed me a dozen times, though. I couldn't get past that part

Schrunkin says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 4:53pm

Nice idea with a 1.5 person game! We enjoyed playing with such an innovative mechanic, but the controls seemed a little off which made it quite hard at times. Otherwise fun!

topatisen says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:59pm

A little too frustrating when played solo, but a cool concept for two players. Nice!

Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Hey, I liked your game it was actually fun.
You can improve the audio and the graphics at some point but overall not bad!
And please go and try out my game!

Pyrofoux says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 1:18pm

The core mechanic is very interesting, although a little bit hard to get to use in the beginning !

terryg says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:28am

nice to play but was too hard for me to get past the 2nd torch. Thanks for the save points though. Nicely done! Great graphics and engaging game play. I played for 40 mins.

terryg says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:30am

also I kept getting stuck between the snakes.

Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:50pm

@Dining Philosopher I know that I write many people the same comments, but I actually play those games! I don't just have time to write individual comments but I want to give feedback at the same time.
And basically Graphics and sound is what causes problems at game development.

I don't know why it is causing errors I am running the game at windows 7 aswell!

bigbuggames says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:02pm

As some comments say it was tricky to play alone, but it is a good concept. I like this kind of games in which you can create platforms.

Dec 21, 2016 @ 12:22am

I think this is innovative, but a bit challenging. Especially when the keys changes every time you respawn/die. Music would create a better overall mood. The death sound effect is kind of funny.

Minato4th says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Very intersting Idea, but control is very diffecult, plus mouse always confuses

axoona says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 6:43pm

very innovative idea to create your own platforms or shields, it's quite difficult though so I would have put the fire chalice a bit more frequently ;)
anyway very nice game

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