Remember Tetris, Sokoban, Boulderdash or Pac-man? Snipes is of the same caliber, simple but addictive. You just have to conquer a procedurally generated maze by killing all your enemies, the "snipes", and also their hives. Strategy, fast thinking and sharp reflexes are the key to victory.
The controls: Move with the arrow keys and shoot with A, W, D and S in the appropriate directions. When you panic, press the spacebar for some extra velocity. How much easier can it get?
You customize the maze by setting the number of snipes, hives and the difficulty before you start playing. There are a total of 26 x 9 difficulty levels based on such combinations, ranging from A1 (easy, nothing special, three hives, a maximum of ten snipes and five lives) to Z9 (hard, reflecting bullets, electric walls, ghosts, ten hives, a maximum of 150 snipes and two lives). 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.Reviewed by: Tom K.