Written by Vincent Mallet
Welcome to the ZNibbles Homepage ! You can jump directly to these sections :
You can also have a look at the other softwares I wrote.
- 99/05/12 - ZNibbles 0.0.7 is out. Changes include multiple players
on the same keyboard (GTK only), speed greatly improved. See
- 99/05/01 - Version 0.0.6 is out. Lot of work done on fixing
the makefiles, fixing and improving the GTK client, improving overall
performances, etc. ZNibbles should compile with or WITHOUT Motif and with or
without GTK. See the ChangeLog.
- 99/04/26 - Version 0.0.5-beta is out, with various
fixes in the GTK+ client and many speed improvements. Oh, and it looks like you
need GTK+ 1.2 to compile the GTK client.
- 99/04/24 - Version 0.0.4-beta is out. What is really new in this
release is the GTK+ client. Work has just started and it's
quite ugly but you can play with it already. See the screenshot.
- 99/04/19 - I have put up a small survey to
get your feedback. Have a look and tell me what you think.
- 99/04/17 - This web page has been slightly modified.. Old version
is still available here (less graphics,
- 99/04/14 - Version 0.0.3 released.
This is a maintenance release. Focus problems in Motif client are mostly fixed. New
`--help' and `--version' options parameters, along with a little more help and some
- 99/04/04 - Version 0.0.2 is out !
Now it should compile much better on many systems :) Makefiles and configuration has
been remade with Automake and Autoconf, dependencies on weird libraries have been
removed. Also, communication between clients and servers located on different
architecture should work fine.
- 98/11/17 - Version 0.0.1 is out. I finally came up with a new name :
ZNibbles (formerly XNibbles).
- 98/11/05 - After more than one year and a half, a second version of
ZNibbles is out..
- 98/10/30 - An official page for ZNibbles, at last !
ZNibbles is a multi-player networked game. It is based on
the old nibbles game: you've got a worm, eat nibbles and
get your worm growing. Several players can play together,
each of them controlling its own worm on its own
computer. This game has been written in C++ with the
server/client model in mind, during spring of 1997. It was
a student project for a better understanding of the
network related problems, so algorithms have not been
chosen for their performances but more for their
simplicity. Still this is a great game to play ! Check it
There is theoretically an unlimited number of simultaneous players, it's more
a matter of network speed. It has been tested with more than 10 players and
it was real fun :)
ZNibbles is written for unix. It has been tested under Linux, SunOS, Solaris and
Irix. The game can run either directly on top of X11, use the GTK+ toolkit
(get it on the GTK+ site) or use the Motif toolkit
(get a good Motif free implementation called LessTif)
ZNibbles 0.0.6, eight players fighting for food :) This is the GTK+ client.
on picture to enlarge).
A small example of what ZNibbles looks like. This is the Motif client (the GTK
client is better :) ) (click
on picture to enlarge).
Four players playing together with a computer controlled
Full C++ sources for ZNibbles are available and distributed under
the terms of the GNU General Public License
- Basically you need a C++ compiler (such as g++) and the X11 libraries installed.
- If you want to compile the Motif client, you will need Motif 1.2 libraries, such
as LessTif (optional).
- If you want to compile the GTK+ client, you will need the
GTK+ 1.2.0 libraries (optional).
Download version 0.0.7:
You can also get ZNibbles via FTP on the
Koala FTP mirror.
ZNibbles should compile well on unixes with Motif installed. If you still have troubles,
you can download these pre-built binaries. Note that you will still have to have Motif 1.2
libraries installed on your system.
(Alternate FTP download at the
Koala FTP mirror)
I'll be very happy to hear your comments. Send them, along with bug reports,
questions, suggestions and source patches to
I can be found on IRCnet, vim or vims in channel #vims.
I would really like to have some feedback. Please take the time to fill out this small
survey and send your comments by pressing the "Send Comments" button.
All information will be kept strictly confidential. It is for the unique purpose
of giving me feedback and will not be given to anyone else.
Last modified: Wed May 12 16:04:34 MET DST 1999