Leise rieselt der Schnee
This game was written, because I am in New Zealand (in Auckland) and it just does not snow here.
So an old game came into my mind a friend and myself have written in the 80s (on the C64).
We never finished/published it.
Therefore I rewrote it using python and pygame.
Otherwise this country is really great!
I like it very much here and the work is also fun... :-)
Just download the following two files:
Make sure you have Python >= 2.3 and pygame >= 1.5.6 (it may work with older version; but I have not tested it).
You then must change into the directory "leiserieselt" and can install the program by invoking "python ./install.py".
It will be installed in
- Version 0.3
- Version 0.2a
- Version 0.2
This version has a bug which "throws an exception instead of a snowball." Many thanks to Matze Braun!
- Version 0.1a
- Version 1.0
This version has a bug which made it not start, when there was no ~/.leiserieselt.rc file. More than a thousand thanks to MehdiYM!
/usr/local/games/leiserieselt by default with a symlink to the executeable in
You can start the game by calling "leiserieselt.py".
After you have clicked or pressed space in order to get rid of the intro (ha, old style... :-) press F1 to play the game.
Each player steers with the following keys
for going left, going right, collecting snow, throwing, changing the current extra, and activating the current extra respectively.
For collecting snow press down the button and hold it.
The more snow you collect (warning, you cannot move while collecting snow) the more damage you do, if you hit the other player.
For throwing press the corresponding button and hold it.
Your power will increase (the more power the farther you throw).
When you release the key, you throw the snowball.
And please, do not hit yourself... ;-) (Yes, it is possible!)
Currently the follwowing extras are available:
- Cursor: left, right, down, up, PageUp, PageDown
- s, f, d, e, w, r
- "3", gives you three snowballs at once (devastating!)
- "2", gives you two snowballs at once
- "L", fills up your life energy
- "S", boosts your collected snow by 25%
- "z", produces a slowly flying snowball
- "T", this is a hard one. It is a tumbling and unpredictable snowball.
- How do I get rid of the intro?
Edit in your home directory the file ".leiserieselt.rc" It is a Ini style configuration file. If you add in the section "[intro]" a "skip=true" the intro will vanish.
- How do I change the baclground image? It is not cool enough...
There are two possibilities. First of all, please send me your pictures! Otherwise edit the "~/.leiserieselt.rc" file and add a "[game]" section with "background=/path/to/file/image". The image can be in JPEG or PNG format and you must give an absolute path, I think.
- Was there not another game like this?
Yes, I did not know of this one, have a look at http://www.tld-crew.de/demos-html/ashsnowballsunday.htm. Thanks to the guys (trick) at happypenguin.org.
The program is (c) Robert P. Krawczyk and protected by the Gnu Public Licence V2 (see the file COPYING).
From where I took sounds I do not know anymore.
If you are the owner, please drop me a note, so that I can either credit you or remove the file.
Stephan Champailler told me that the players were from Maniac Mansion. So you now know that I have been running VICE and doing some screen shots...
The game is distributed without any warranty.
For comments/questions/improvements you can send an email.