snake

SNAKE(6)                         Games Manual                         SNAKE(6)



NAME
       snake, snscore - display chase game

SYNOPSIS
       snake [ -w width ] [ -l length ]
       snscore

DESCRIPTION
       Snake 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 and -w options allow you to specify
       the length and width of the field.  By default the entire screen
       (except for the last column) is used.

       You are represented on the screen by an I.  The snake is 6 squares long
       and is represented by S's.  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 vi(1), the h, j, k,
       and l keys work, as do the arrow keys.  Other possibilities include:

       sefc   These keys are like hjkl but form a directed pad around the d
              key.

       HJKL   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.

       SEFC   Likewise for the upper case versions on the left.

       ATPB   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 the keyboard.

       x      This lets you quit the game at any time.

       p      Points in a direction you might want to go.

       w      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 .

FILES
       /var/lib/games/bsdgames/snakerawscoresdatabase of personal bests
       /var/lib/games/bsdgames/snake.loglog of games played

BUGS
       When playing on a small screen, it's hard to tell when you hit the edge
       of the screen.

       The scoring function takes into account the size of the screen.  A
       perfect function to do this equitably has not been devised.



4th Berkeley Distribution        June 23, 1990                        SNAKE(6)