snake4, snake4scores - Game starring a fruit-eating snake.
snake4 [-hHV] [-M file] [--help] [--highscores] [--version]
The snake4 program is my fourth implementation of the snake game,
written for Unix and X11. Previous versions were written for MS-DOS.
Move the snake around the screen and eat food. The snake grows in
length as you eat. Avoid hitting the fence, eating lethal mushrooms and
rotten food, and biting your own tail.
Now and then a slim-pill will bounce around. If you eat this, you will
get shorter, and you will gain bonus points for every length you loose.
The bonus is also given when a round is over.
When food starts blinking, it’s about to rot. Rotten food is poisonous,
and thus uneatable. As long as it blinks, it can still be eaten.
Oh, yes - I almost forgot: You may be visited by the evil headbanger.
Take my advice and run away from him before he hits you in the head!
He won’t stay long.
The keys used to control the game are given at startup.
snake4 features a site-wide highscore file. The file contains the top
200 users. Each user may appear once only in the highscore table.
For technical reasons, snake4 connects to the X11 server before parsing
options. This makes it impossible to eg. browse the highscore table
using -H if no server is available. To be able to see the scores in
such a case, snake4scores produces the same output as snake4 with
option -H, but does no attempt on connecting to the X11 server.
Print a usage message on standard output, and exit successfully.
Dump the highscore list to standard output, and exit
successfully. Starting snake4 with the name snake4score does
the same thing, without first connecting to the X11 server.
Note that this will possibly print more entries than the 20 or
so that will fit within the game startup screen.
Print version information on standard output, then exit
Merge separate highscore file file into the default highscore
file, and exit successfully. Displays the new highscore table.
This option is for the game owner or root only.
In addition to the above mentioned options, snake4 accepts the standard
X11 toolkit options.
Sverre H. Huseby <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
11 October 1996