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I'm trying to find an old game:

  • Played on an old computer, not sure which kind. (early/late 1990s?)
  • Graphics were grid-based and "8-bit-seeming". Locations included plains and caves.
  • Movement was grid-based as well. I think the game was turn-based?
  • The main character - which you moved around - might've been a gnome? Maybe not, though.
  • One of the enemies which I remember clearly is a snake which usually does not move but "wakes up" when you're on the same row or column as it (unobstructed). It would then move (in a straight line only?) towards you. EDIT: Or actually - it might've killed you instantly in this case?

Edit2: I think you could move between "screens" freely. (Aka either it wasn't level-based, or the levels were larger than a single screen)

That's it for any reliable memories, I'm afraid.

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Could it be Paganitzu? It has snakes, caves, turn-based, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF1JKxiu0XU

  • Thanks, but I don't think that's it (though the snake mechanic does look somewhat similar). The game I remember had, at or near the start, plains, while Paganitzu seems to be fully set inside caves. (Edited in to question). – secondperson Jun 5 at 19:23
  • Could've been a cheap knockoff of Paganitzu, though... – secondperson Jun 5 at 19:33
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It doesn't match all of your points 100%, but could you be thinking of Adventures of Lolo or Eggerland which it was based on?

  • Played on an old computer, not sure which kind. (early/late 1990s?)
  • Graphics were grid-based and "8-bit-seeming". Locations included plains and caves.

It's a NES game from 1989. Mostly in a cave-like castle.

  • Movement was grid-based as well. I think the game was turn-based?

Not turn based and movement is free, but objects are originally positioned on a grid.

  • The main character - which you moved around - might've been a gnome? Maybe not, though.

No on this point.

  • One of the enemies which I remember clearly is a snake which usually does not move but "wakes up" when you're on the same row or column as it (unobstructed). It would then move (in a straight line only?) towards you. EDIT: Or actually - it might've killed you instantly in this case?

The version that kills you instantly definitely exists, perhaps the moving one too.

  • Thanks, but it's not it either. I've edited the question with one difference my memories have over both Lolo and Paganitzu. – secondperson Jun 6 at 20:29

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