Creating a Snake Game Clone with Python

Denzel Markeise
2 min readNov 27, 2023

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Recently, my daughter inquired about the games I enjoyed at her age. It instantly brought back memories of my first phone, a Nokia, where I spent hours playing the classic Snake game. Reflecting on this, I decided to challenge my Python programming skills by creating a replica of the game. I used a set of Python modules (randint, tkinter, pillow) to assist in the development. My aim was to capture the essence of the original gameplay and see if my daughter would find it as captivating as I did at her age.

Design

If you’re familiar with the classic Snake game, you’ll recognize its iconic elements — the snake, food, and the score. Instead of overwhelming the screen, I aimed to stay true to its roots.

Gameplay

Classic Snake is a timeless two-dimensional game where the player maneuvers a snake across a grid to consume food, growing in length with each bite. The objective is to accumulate points by eating the food while avoiding collisions with the snake’s own body or the walls of the play area. As the snake consumes more food, it elongates, presenting an escalating challenge for the player.

The game grid serves as the canvas for the snake’s journey, and the pace intensifies as the snake grows. Similar to the original design, the snake’s movement becomes more rapid with each bite, creating a dynamic and progressively challenging experience.

While the core gameplay remains faithful to the original, I’ve introduced subtle enhancements to elevate the experience. One notable adjustment is the dynamic acceleration of the snake with each successful bite. As the snake savors its victories and grows in length, its speed increases, adding an extra layer of complexity to the game.

This modification not only intensifies the challenge for players but also introduces a strategic element. The accelerating pace demands heightened reflexes and decision-making as the snake navigates the grid, offering a fresh twist to the timeless classic while staying true to its fundamental charm.

You can see an example of the gameplay here ↓ and the expression on my daughter’s face as she plays. I guess you can say she enjoys it as much as I did at her age.

https://videopress.com/v/Zvfh1FQg?loop=1&autoPlay=1

You can view the full source code on my GitHub profile here. Enjoy 👾

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