Official Linux Snipes Home Page

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Linux Snipes is a reimplementation of an old text-mode DOS game. You are in a maze with a number of enemies (the "snipes") and a few "hives" which create more of the enemies. Your job is to kill the snipes and their hives before they get the best of you. 26 "option levels" let you change characteristics of the game such as whether or not diagonal shots bounce off the walls. 10 levels of difficulty (only partially implemented) let you build your skills gradually.

Normal game play is done on the text-mode console. Playing in an xterm or over a telnet connection is possible, but restricts you to pressing one key at a time. As a result, you can't move and fire at the same time, and you can't move or fire diagonally. NEW: There is now native X support, but it is somewhat slow.

Unlike the version of Snipes included in NetWare 2.x and NetWare Lite, this version does not currently include network/multiplayer support. Network support will probably be added at some point in the future.

Status and Distribution

Linux Snipes is currently (Oct. 11, 2000) at version 0.9.4. Linux Snipes is freely distributable under the terms of the GNU General Public License. At present, Linux Snipes is available in the following formats:

See the Change Log

Screen Shot

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This is a screen shot of Linux Snipes running in xterm-color and using the VGA screen font (vga.pcf) that comes with xdosemu. The colors have been modified to better represent the look of the game as played on console. To run snipes in this fashion, you can use the following script:

exec xterm-color -font vga -tn xterm-color -e snipes

By the way, the original game displays no copyright message, but it does contain the string "Snipes (C)Copyright SuperSet Software Corp. 1982 Orem, Utah". From what I've been told, SuperSet was a spin-off from Novell. Novell incorporated a networked version of Snipes, called nsnipes or ncsnipes, in early versions of NetWare. I know very little about SuperSet except that a web search indicates that they also wrote a program called "WinGIF". Since I don't know what their terms of distribution are, I am not providing a download link for the original DOS game, but I did find it before by searching the net.

This page is maintained by: Jeremy Boulton.