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P0 Snake [16kb cartridge]   [2014]

P0 Snake [16kb cartridge] Released by :
Antonio Savona

Release Date :
1 December 2014

Type :
C64 Game

Released At :
RGCD C64 16KB Cartridge Game Development Competition 2014

Achievements :
C64 Game Competition at RGCD C64 16KB Cartridge Game Development Competition 2014 :  #1

User rating:**********  9.6/10 (31 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.7/10 (13 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Antonio Savona
Music .... Ald of Atlantis
Graphics .... Antonio Savona

SIDs used in this release :

Download :
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/134601/p0snake16k.crt (downloads: 1552)
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/134626/p0snake_docs.zip (downloads: 446)

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User Comment
Submitted by Shine on 28 March 2015
IDEA ftw ... very very cool ... 16k ... simply WOW!!! <3 10/10
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 28 March 2015
Unbelievable for a comeback after 25 yrs!!!
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Submitted by DATA-LAND on 23 January 2015
I'm always happy to see again new games for our system with new game ideas (or imported ideas). So it extends the spectrum - that's great! Excellent release!
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Submitted by Wanax on 10 January 2015
Very funny, and easy to play ...:)
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Submitted by ron.sos on 11 December 2014
Love this game and just have to play it again and again..
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Submitted by chuinho on 8 December 2014
Italy rules this year's compo (so far).
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Submitted by TheRyk on 7 December 2014
So far my personal favorite in this year's competition :)

What everyone said, also about "make this an app if nobody did yet and make some money".
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Submitted by Yogibear on 2 December 2014
Nice game with cool speech!
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Submitted by Richard on 2 December 2014
A very simple concept using one control. Very addictive. Excellent game overall.
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Submitted by tonysavon on 2 December 2014
@Lazycow The samples in the intro "welcome to p0 snake" are 8-bit and I use Mahoney's technique: p0-snake detects the SID model and uses the appropriate amplitude table. The in-game samples are just normal digi that can be played along with music. The compression of the samples gave me the headache: I ended up using a codebook based compression scheme with variable codebook size (4 to 64 samples per codebook) and variable sample-rate in the range between 4 and 8 khz (formants like vowels require a lower sample rate). The codebooks are "unrolled" in the actual code to be easy on the player, given that I could use the entire 64k space at playtime. I think that the entire speech part takes about 4 kbytes. To be honest it would have sounded much better if I only had a couple of kbytes more, as I had to be very aggressive with destructive compression to stay within the 16kb limit. In fact, after the compo, I might release a 18 kbyte version with clearer speech :-).
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Submitted by Wanax on 2 December 2014
Bello! Welcome back :-)
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Submitted by Lazycow on 2 December 2014
How did you play the samples and how much bytes did they use?
PS: "welldone" ;)
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Submitted by Hammerfist on 2 December 2014
Is there an iPhone app for this already? Perhaps you could make some money! :D
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Submitted by Sixteen Plus on 2 December 2014
A very original take on the Snake theme. The quirky control works brilliantly and brings the whole Snake genre to a higher level. This fun and highly polished little game deserves to do well :)
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Submitted by iceout on 2 December 2014
Nice game for a comeback!
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Submitted by Achim on 2 December 2014
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Submitted by Roysterini on 2 December 2014
I think this may be my favourite entry so far. Pixel City Skater comes hot on its heels though.

Not that I dislike the other entries. I'm enjoying them all.
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Submitted by Jammer on 2 December 2014
I hope not to sound like a grumbler :D It's really one of the best I played in recent years! :)
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Submitted by tonysavon on 2 December 2014
Docs with screenshots and a few passwords for you are up now.
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Submitted by tonysavon on 2 December 2014
@Jammer yes, it's by no means an easy game, I'm sorry! I spent quite some time calibrating difficulty with the help of some friends, so I hope everyone can make progress with perseverance. I can now get to level 15 on a single game, and I can finish it using the continues (though with maaaany attempts), but I had to play it so much to test it that I guess that's normal :-P.

@didi docs incoming. Thanks!
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Submitted by Didi on 2 December 2014
Why don't you upload the txt-file here along with the game, as it belongs to it?
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Submitted by Jammer on 2 December 2014
That's what I was afraid of ;) I'd say game is demanding enough :D Anyway, probably my favourite from this year's 16KB bunch ;)
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Submitted by Dr.Strange on 2 December 2014
@Jammer: Codes are given every two levels, so you will get a new when you reach the fourth one. Coder will probably confirm. :)
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Submitted by tonysavon on 2 December 2014
Thanks everybody. I'm really flattered by this unexpected response and for your kind comments! This community is unbelievable.

@Jammer the game gives you passwords only for even levels. It would be like having infinite lives otherwise ;-). The RGCD release comes with a handy readme.txt that will give you all the details. There are more samples when you advance to further levels like "TELEPORT!". And maybe some skilled players can find some Easter eggs? I'm just saying ;-)
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Submitted by Jammer on 2 December 2014
OMG, what an awesome game! Great idea and mad programming skills ;) If only 'crunch' sample fit in those 16KB, I would give 11/10 :D

I probably spotted a mistake. I got to level 3 but game gave me level 2 code after game over.
User Comment
Submitted by Groepaz on 2 December 2014
very cool \o/
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Submitted by skull on 2 December 2014
Wow, I'm impressed, excellent work. Idea, presentation, gameplay, gfx, samples, all in 16 kb! Top note.
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Submitted by Oswald on 2 December 2014
excellent job all round.
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Submitted by Nith on 2 December 2014
great game, excellent presentation!
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Submitted by med64 on 1 December 2014
Bello! I like it!
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Submitted by ZeSmasher on 1 December 2014
fantastic game!
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Submitted by hedning on 1 December 2014
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Submitted by Joe on 1 December 2014
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Submitted by Roysterini on 1 December 2014
Fantastic comeback if you ask me!

Lovely, novel little game. Very refreshing to see.

Enjoyed playing this little gem.
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Submitted by tonysavon on 1 December 2014
This is my comeback to C64 programming after 25 years. Be kind to me! :-)
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Submitted by spider-j on 1 December 2014
Great gameplay. Feels like walking home drunk :-)
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Submitted by Bamse on 1 December 2014
luv it!
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