Slap Back

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Slap Back (HTML5, Typescript, NodeJS, 2021)

The social isolation and ample "free time" of the 2020 pandemic lockdowns prompted me to experiment with the most "reach out to the world" technology I could think of: the web. Though I've been programming for decades and had dabbled with basic HTML in the early 2000s, I took the opportunity to really dive into modern web development, Typescript, bundlers, NodeJS, animation libraries... it's an endless rabbit hole!

Ultimately, I put my learning into practice and built a simple game: Slap Back! Inspired by "Samurai Kirby", Slap Back is a simple, two-player reflex game. The first player to tap their button after the prompt wins. That's it. While the game itself isn't anything special, it's a lot of fun being able to whip it out at a moments notice or text a link to a friend and have them play immediately!

For now, you can play either online with friends or locally using a single device. Online there's even a betting meta-layer where friends who don't want to compete can still participate as spectators.