ncurses: 2 char symbols eg '$$' that look like things.
I'm working on a game that uses ncurses as the 'graphic' end. I know, I know, that went out with Angband. But, still, it's kinda cute and funny. And it works on the vanilla console as well as xterm/rxvt/etc. Who does that anymore, huh?
Because the font is 8x16 or whatever, they tend to be twice the pixels tall as they are wide, I doubled them up to make squares so the grid comes out roughly square and diagonal lines are actually diagonal. It's grid based, chase and evade type of thing.
I've been playing with double characters to see what looks like stuff. '~~' bold cyan on blue bg looks like water. '##' looks like walls or something, especially black on red bg. '$$' looks to me like treasure, bright yellow. 'ту' looks like bad guy. Background is green like grass at this point. They can move, or sequence too.
Any suggestions? It's playful and goofy, so absurd is good too. I have 8 colors to works with, foreground and background: black, red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow and white. Foreground can also be normal or bold.
Between us we can unleash the full fury of ncurses! :)