— display chase game
is a display-based game which must be played
on a CRT terminal. The object of the game is to make as much money as possible
without getting eaten by the snake. The -l
options allow you to specify the length and
width of the field. By default the entire screen is used. The
option makes the game assume you are on a slow
You are represented on the screen by an I. The snake is 6 squares long and is
represented by s's with an S at its head. The money is $, and an exit is #.
Your score is posted in the upper left hand corner.
You can move around using the same conventions as
, the h
keys work, as do the arrow keys. Other
- These keys are like hjkl but form a directed pad around the
- These keys move you all the way in the indicated direction
to the same row or column as the money. This does
not let you jump away from the snake, but
rather saves you from having to type a key repeatedly. The snake still
gets all his turns.
- Likewise for the upper case versions on the left.
- These keys move you to the four edges of the screen. Their
position on the keyboard is the mnemonic, e.g. P is at the far right of
- This lets you quit the game at any time.
- Points in a direction you might want to go.
- Space warp to get out of tight squeezes, at a price.
To earn money, move to the same square the money is on. A new $ will appear when
you earn the current one. As you get richer, the snake gets hungrier. To leave
the game, move to the exit (#).
A record is kept of the personal best score of each player. Scores are only
counted if you leave at the exit, getting eaten by the snake is worth nothing.
As in pinball, matching the last digit of your score to the number which appears
after the game is worth a bonus.
To see who wastes time playing snake, run snscore
- database of personal bests
- log of games played
When playing on a small screen, it's hard to tell when you hit the edge of the
The scoring function takes into account the size of the screen. A perfect
function to do this equitably has not been devised.