NEWTON: The starving snake

You are hungry!

The rule is simple: move your snake around, eat the apples, and survive! Will you try to be as big as possible or try to stay small to avoid the falling rocks?

The golden apples allow you to break the rocks for a few seconds, but don't waste them, there are rare!
Oh and, don't eat the moldy apples, and even less the poison!

And if you want to, when you beat your best highscore you can send it with your name online, you can try to be in the first 10, and most importantely: have fun!

The leaderboard : HERE

CONTROLS:

  • Arrows = Move Newton
  • F11 = Toggle fullscreen

ITEMS EFFECTS:

  • Apple = Length + 1
  • Moldy apple = Length - 1
  • Poison Potion = Length delayed - 5 on time
  • Golden Apple = You can break walls!

There are some hidden tricks out there to reduce your length without reducing your score but you'll need to find them by yourself!

CREDITS:

KNOWN ISSUE(S):

  • Sometimes you've got a wrong tile (grass,dirt or pink tile) that is on the map. Consider it as a rock. We will patch this on the postjam version.

EDIT: Update - Modified Newton start speed after the jam to let the player take the controls.

Voting results

Overall
5th
7.160
Graphics
9th
7.520
Audio
2nd
7.083
Gameplay
2nd
7.240
Originality
17th
5.600
Theme
15th
6.400

This game entered in the Team competition (24 entries).

Info

A weird snake game about apples falling from the sky.

Links

Itch.io Online Leaderboard

Authors

Call_in
Fresh-Food
Mills_Himself

High scores Submit score

# User Score
@Call_in 12850
@Wan 7650
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Comments (34)

laaph
6 months ago

Is it possible to make a mac build?

Call_in
6 months ago

@laaph I'll try to see if I can but I don't have any mac to make the build, it will be very hard.

amras0000
6 months ago

Fantastic work. The game is super polished, with really clean graphics, fantastic music, and a very engaging gamefeel. I think it's a little faster than I'm used to snake games being, so I usually crashed into a rock or the edge of the screen long before I got enough of a tail to worry about hitting that. At the same time, the quick deaths and quick respawns were really satisfying in their own right. Just getting a slightly longer run once in a while felt great.

My one complaint is that only part of the map is visible at any one time. Once I'm moving really quickly, it's easy for me to run into a rock that I can't see because it's offscreen - until it's too late for me to react.

I normally try to give some more constructive criticism when responding to games, but I honestly can't fault this one with anything else. It's very clean. Great work.

Fresh Food
(@Fresh-Food) • 6 months ago

Thank you for the criticism @armas000 (and compliments).

overf10w
6 months ago

Very cool graphics and gameplay. I also liked the fact that there is an online leaderboard.

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks for the reviews @amras000 and @overf10w, we'll do an update postjam ! Do not hesitate to take a look at the update(s) :D

Prabh
6 months ago

Really nice and enjoyable game. the camera's viewport should be as big as the total playable area. In the post jam version make sure you do this as well

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks for the comment @Prabh, I don't know if we should make the camera different yet, for now both camera types are enjoyables. We have a half/half situation, we'll decide that at the end of the jam.

Thanks again, do not forget to check the postjam update ! :D

Prabh
6 months ago

Better would be if you give an option for both the types of camera in the game @Call_in

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks for that suggestion @Prabh! We'll definitly think about it! :D

Wan
6 months ago

This is even better than what I expected. The camera work, animations and effects are good and tight, but what really makes this game awesome is how it adds EXACTLY the gameplay that Snake needed to become fresh again.

It really took a few minutes for me to realize various little details around the gameplay, from watching drop shadows carefully to realize I could risk going under a rock for a chance to get shortened. Brilliant! And then it takes even more time to start figuring out tactics to balance risk & safety. I took me maybe 15 games to break into the leaderboard but I enjoyed each one of them.

Great balancing btw, the game is not for the faint of heart but it's very fun.

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @Wan for the comment ! Do not hesitate to check the game after the jam we will do a postjam update !

Kleinzach
6 months ago

Very hard, and very fun! I didn't even realize the mechanics that Wan was describing, but had to go back and see. Very cool stuff. I absolutely love the crunchiness of everything, with the music and all the sound effects working perfectly together. My one complaint is with the camera, because at least on a big screen the jerky movement really throws me off and makes me miscalculate turns. Maybe an option to fix the camera to the fully zoomed out view or make it move smoothly. Now I'm seeing that others put that suggestion too, but att a +1 to that. Great job to the whole team!

Sammy6
6 months ago

Awesome game!

it was cool seeing a new spin on snake, and the new powerups and power downs were neat!

it took me a little while, but I got 7th on the leaderboard!

if I had a suggestion, maybe turn down the speed just a tiny bit.

anyway, great game!

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @Kleinzach and @Sammy6 for the reviews.
For the difficulty and the speed of the snake, we want to keep it quick and difficult, that is why you have a quick retry mechanic.
For the camera I'm working on it. The jerky movement impression isn't from the camera but from the snake. And we will definitely add a zoom out option.
Anyway I'm super happy that you enjoyed our game, don't forget to check the postman version when it is released!

Sammy6
6 months ago

@Call_in I wont forget! (that's for seeing the "postman" version by the way)

Aquasheep
6 months ago

Loved the audio! Perfect! Fun classic game remade with a little theme included.

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @Aquasheep! Happy that you like the game!

Ztuu
6 months ago

Can you lose length by having a rock land part way along your snake? Or am I imagining things? ^^

Anyway onto my review. Lovely game. Really cute graphics, clean controls and a nice little idea for the theme. I like that there was music, sfx and an online scoreboard. Very polished for a jam game. Great job!

Fresh Food
(@Fresh-Food) • 6 months ago

@Ztuu Thank you very much, I am glad you liked it, and yes you can very much make Newton small by a rock landing on him. We didn't want him to get die by getting crushed by a rock because thats a sad day for the snek. Well at least thats my reason, cuz I'm the artist not the programmer so yah. Thanks for the review!

duel_05
6 months ago

The download link is not working, so I can't rate it. =-(

DaFluffyPotato
6 months ago

This game is very well made. The music is great and the voxelart is also pretty good. It's obviously not that original as it's a fancy version of snake. The online leaderboard was nice, but the highest I ever got was somewhere between 3,500 and 4,000. I tend to be pretty bad at these games.

I really don't have much to say. I think you did what you were trying to do very well.

Call_in
6 months ago

@duel_05, I think that the problem come from your side because you are the only to complain about that, I can't do anything :(

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @DaFluffyPotato for your review, for the details it is pixel art not voxel art. For originality I don't really know, that might depend on what you see as original but ye it's a snake remake :D . Anyway I'm happy that you enjoyed the game as much as you can, 4000 isn't so bad!

duel_05
6 months ago

I got it downloaded @Call_in, just had to not use Google Chrome.

ToffieBoey
(@OatMealPal) • 6 months ago

A cool spin on the good 'ol game of snake. The art is good, the camera is smooth, and the gameplay is fast-paced and super addictive. Nice work, y'all! x)

Anonymous • 6 months ago

Very cool short game. I love the sound effects they give a juicy feeling to the game. The mechanics are simple and very efficiency, and with the leaderboard, we just want to replay to have a better score !
Very nice work to you!

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @OatMealPal for thoose compliments!

Zulhuky
6 months ago

Nice game, a bit frustrating but addictive. It's such a good idea to put online score ingame. I love the audio too

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @Zulhuky!

Orionintheforest
6 months ago

How in the world did you manage to pull this off within 48 hours? This is insane! The production quality is really good - but i wish that you could change the controls though.

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @Orionintheforest! Wait for the postjam update to change your controls :D

euske
6 months ago

Simple, fun and addictive! I wish the poison apple looked a bit more discernable.

Call_in
6 months ago

Thanks @euske! Well I'm not the artist but I'm sure @Fresh-Food will take this into account next time :D

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