Have You Played… Room Of 1000 Snakes?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

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That’s ten snakes.

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That’s one hundred snakes.

What does one thousand snakes look like? You can copy and paste that ten times to find out or, if you dare, you can enter… Room of 1000 Snakes.

Made by two of those lovely Arcane Kids, it’s free, playable in your browser, and takes about two minutes, so ignore the warnings and head in. Do be sure to have your sound on.

It’s such a small but delightful thing. Game names are such daft, cryptic, and hyperbolic things that it’s surprising when one delivers exactly what it says. There’s a room and there are… well, I haven’t counted, but a lot of snakes. What else did you expect? And they arrive with such timing! Such exuberance! The conclusion is inevitable. The aftermath is certainly not.

“When is it okay to spoil a mechanic?” we recently wondered. I don’t have a consistent rule. I’ll embed a video of it for lazybones, but I’ll say Room of 1000 Snakes has a weird and funny thing to come after this ends:

[Arcane Kids once DJed at an event I help organise, after which I inadvertently stole Ben Esposito’s ghastly shades/visor combo headwear. Sorry. Please take it back. It’s horrible.]

14 Comments

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    Bluerps says:

    I’ve even played it multiple times. I think it’s amazing. :D

  2. acheron says:

    I was planning to play “Room of 980 Snakes”, but I guess if I’m going to go that far, might as well get those extra twenty snakes in there.

  3. int says:

    Rooms. Why’d it have to be rooms?

    • Spacewalk says:

      I was once one of the best mercenaries in all of Hyboria but the I took a snake to the back.

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    Skabooga says:

    This is the first game I introduce to people who don’t play games. It gets me every time, watching them panic.

  5. RobF says:

    Still makes me grin like a loon.

  6. mr.black says:

    King of all disclaimers! I respect your silly integrity, which is not silly per se, but which is being silly!

  7. TychoCelchuuu says:

    I love this game so much. Even just thinking about it makes me laugh. It’s honestly small stuff like this that really reminds me to get excited about what games can be.

  8. Wret says:

    I never did get my “I died in a room with snakes” paraphernalia

  9. Astroman says:

    Was that supposed to be some kind of Banksyesque political commentary at the end? I don’t get it.

  10. caff says:

    I wonder if this was coded in python?

  11. ivanfyodor says:

    Thank you for that. Totally worth it.

  12. wearedevo says:

    I will find out the mystery of snakes.

  13. Umberto Bongo says:

    Trigger Warning: Themes of snakes.