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Snipes

DOS - 1982

Year 1982
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade
Publisher SuperSet Software Corp.
Developer SuperSet Software Corp.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.62
4.33 / 5 - 9 votes

Description of Snipes

Back to the old days. Where (a small) size was more important than the graphics. The glory days of ASCII games. Addictiveness was the trump card. How do you achieve addictiveness fast? By keeping the game simple, remember Tetris? Sokoban? Boulderdash? Pac-man? Snipes is of the same caliber.

Imagine yourself a big maze. You're alone, completely alone. The only thing you now is that you must conquer the maze by killing all your enemies, the snipes. And not only the snipes, but also their hives. Strategy, fast thinking and sharp reflexes are the key to victory. The only key.

The game is, as mentioned earlier, pretty simple. You control your creature with the arrow keys and shoot with A, W, D and S in the appropriate directions. And when you panic, press the spacebar for some extra velocity. How much easier can it get? But not only simplicity is an important aspect of a game. Replayability is another great thing.

In Snipes this is achieved by letting the computer generate a new maze every time. You specify the amount of snipes, hives and difficulty before you start and of you go. Because you can configure everything there are a total of 26x9 difficulty levels. Ranging from A1 (easy, nothing special, 3 hives, a maximum of 10 snipes and five lives) to Z9 (hard, reflecting bullets, electric walls, ghosts, 10 hives, a maximum of 150 snipes and two lives). What more do you want?

In addition to being an excellent game, Snipes must also be recognized for its place in history as one of the first network games ever written. In fact, the Superset Software designers later became Novell, one of the largest and most successful network software companies.

Review By HOTUD

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Kirven 2024-06-06 0 point

Six of us played this at work during lunch break. Absolutely loved it! Guys swearing all over the office as they were shot from around a corner. If you were in the wrong place you could shoot yourself in the back as the bullets went all round the maze. Good days.

Mr Ed 2019-06-30 0 point

We actually used Snipes to test the reliability of a broadband LAN in the mid 1980s. We first ran small Novell LAN between 2 PCs in the same room and Snipes ran flawlessly. Then we connected both PCs to an existing broadband LAN ( I
believe it had various RF channels on it). Snipes dragged!It was an effective visual way to show management not to use that broadband LAN.

Space Man 100789 2018-01-04 0 point

This Game Is Awesome I Did Not Really Get Into Keen's mega rocket But I did get hunted down

Space Man 100789 2018-01-04 0 point

Awesome game it is better when u download it now I sound like I work for this website uh oh I am going to be hunted down I BETTER RUN AWAY AHHH! OH NO! THEY CAUGHT ME HELP ME PLEASE! THEY SHOT ME WITH A BAZOOKA HOW DID I SURVIVE That! Maybe I Am A Alien X files Theme turns on, I BETTER GET IN COMMANDER KEEN'S MEGAROCKET Ow! COMMANDER KEEN SHOT ME BECAUSE I WAS SO FAT THAT i ACCIDENTALLY BROKE THE MEGAROCKET

Gatewood 2013-01-01 1 point DOS version

Snipes is the best

Ray 2011-11-22 -1 point DOS version

Great game!

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