snowballz - fun RTS game featuring snowball fights with penguins
Take command of your army of penguins as you blaze your path to victory!
March through snow laden forests to conqueror new frontiers and grow your small
army. Ambush enemy lines with blasts of freezing snowballs. But don't neglect
your home, invaders are just over the next snow drift!
Gather fish for your cold penguins to munch on as they warm up in your cozy
It's a snowy world you don't want to miss!
You will need to make sure that you have all of these items installed on your
system. If you use linux most of these will be in your distribution's
* Python 2.4
You can control snowballers (not workers) by selecting them (ether by clicking
on them or dragging a select box around them) and right clicking to tell them
to do something.
Left click to select, right click to perform an action. If you right click
somewhere, they will move and stay there until they get cold or you tell them
to go somewhere else. Snowballers that don't have any orders (they are cleared
when they get cold), will walk around their home igloo. Penguins get cold when
hit by snowballs.
To disband your units (make them go stray around their igloos) by pressing the
**o** key. You can also make your penguins run somewhere without stopping to
throw at enemies by middle clicking instead of right clicking.
You can move the screen around by using the arrow keys or **aswd** keys. Hold
down on space to bring up a nice big minimap.
Zoom in and out with the page-up and page-down keys. Note that for now it might
be a little slow when zoomed out!
To send a chat message, first press enter to bring up the chat box. Once up,
simply type your message and press enter again. Your message will be sent to
everyone! If you want to send to just one person, you can type::
>playername Hi playername! This is a privet message!
playername being the name of the person you want to send a chat message to.
There is tab completeion too! So you can type ">" then hit TAB to
see all players that you can send a privet chat to. Two useful shortcuts you
can use are the "," and "." keys. Press the period when
you aren't in chatmode and it will bring up the chatbox to send a message to
the last person that sent a privet chat to you. The "," works the
same way except to the last person you sent a privet chat to.
If you ever have a bunch of chats on your screen that you just want to get rid
of, you can press the **c** key to clear them all.
If you tell a snowballer to move to an enemy igloo (by right clicking on it), it
will run without stopping until it gets into it. If you can hold the enemy
igloo for 30 seconds, it, the region, and all penguins belonging to the igloo
will become yours.
Be carefull though, if an enemy snowballer enters the igloo you are taking over,
your penguin will be shown the door with a cold snowball in his face.
Penguins (on ether side) can not exit an igloo that is in the middle of a
When an igloo is being taken over, the penguins belonging to that igloo will go
bananas. The workers will just run around in a panic and the snowballers will
rush to try to save it in time not listening to your orders. (actually, the
workers don't do that yet, but they will!)
On the bottom right corner of igloos there is a marker designating which player
that igloo belongs to. When an igloo is in jeopardy (being taken over), that
marker turns multicolored.
When a penguin gets cold from being hit with too many snowballs, it will run
madly back to it's home igloo (you won't be able to control it again until
it's warm). Once back in it's igloo, it can take up to 40 seconds to get
warmed up (depending on how cold it was when going in)! It also requires a
fish before it will go back out if it's warmth was below a certain level (your
workers will automatically gather fish).
If you tell a snowballer to enter one of your igloos (again, by right clicking
on it), it will enter it. Immediately after entering, the igloo you told it to
go to becomes it's home igloo. If it is all the way warm, it will exit
immediately. Otherwise it will stay for a snack and warm up.
In the game you will come across two different types of land; Ice and snow.
Really the only difference between the two is that snowballers can only create
snowballs on snow (not ice).
Try to catch your enemy on the the ice with your snowballers standing on the
snow. If you can, you'll cream 'em!
When one of your penguins enters their igloo and is only a little bit cold, they
won't eat a fish but will still get warm. The colder the penguin, the longer
they take to warm up!
You can gain a strategic advantage in a snowball fight if your penguins are
among some trees while your opponents aren't. Snowballs that hit trees have no
effect on surrounding penguins.
Normally, a snowball that lands next to a penguin brings it's warmth down just a
little while a direct hit will bring it down a lot. If your penguins get close
enough to their enemy, they are much more accurate!
One mean strategy you can use against your opponent when they are between your
army and their own igloo is to send one of your penguins into their igloo.
This will make your penguin run without stop towards their igloo distracting
the enemy. This will give your snowballers a chance to get a handle on the
situation. If your snowballer does manage to get into their igloo, all of
their snowballers will panic and race to it, and stop throwing their
The game has been developed by:
* Joey Marshall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- lead programmer
* Matthew Marshall <email@example.com>
This man page has been made by Miriam Ruiz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, based
in the README file that comes along with the game.
You can find more information at http://joey101.arcticpaint.com/snowballz/