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Cross platform app development: Snake '97

About the challenges of developing a wildly popular game

Feb. 21, 2018 -

Few years ago my brother threw a beer on my iPhone in an Amsterdam bar. The poor thing didn't like the Dutch brew as much as I do: it died. While waiting for a new phone to arrive, I used an old one that couldn't do anything but texting, calling and... Snake! The idea for Snake '97 was born and this month it was time to update the wildly popular game.

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Controlling Snake using a Super Nintendo gamepad is awesome (using a SuperSmart-joy USB connector)
Controlling Snake using a Super Nintendo gamepad is awesome (using a SuperSmart-joy USB connector)
Wide screen gameplay is now possible thanks to the new responsive graphics
Wide screen gameplay is now possible thanks to the new responsive graphics
iPhone 4 - ahhh sweet developer memories when one (small) size did fit all...
iPhone 4 - ahhh sweet developer memories when one (small) size did fit all...
The actual code from Snake '97 handling distance calculation using the Pythagoras Theorem
The actual code from Snake '97 handling distance calculation using the Pythagoras Theorem
Same 3310? Look closely and spot the differences between iPhone SE and iPhone X
Same 3310? Look closely and spot the differences between iPhone SE and iPhone X
Analysing gameplay speed differences using slow motion video
Analysing gameplay speed differences using slow motion video

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