Snipes is one of the first networked multiplayer games. It was created in 1983 to test the capabilities and features of the new PC-based Novell Netware network operating system developed by former members of Superset Software. It is considered the precursor to modern multiplayer games such as Doom and a multitude of others, and is the first network application ever written for a commercial personal computer. Hurst and Powell played the world’s first network death match with Snipes. The original development group was made up of Drew Major, Dale Neibauer, Kyle Powell and later Mark Hurst. The game is credited as the original inspiration behind Netware.
The game’s objective was to control your creature inside a maze and destroy enemy snipes and their bases called hives. Each game had a different random maze, and gameplay was achieved using the keyboard.