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Snake Game review
The Real Old School Snake
There was a time when Snake was the killer feature of Nokia phones; if you had a cell phone in the early 2000s, you must have considered the Snake as a reason to opt for the Finnish vendor. Later the difference was smoothened when smartphones came around. And then, with unified platforms like Android (and also iOS and Windows Phone), soft stopped being a killer feature.
And that’s great, because now you can have the Snake on your smartphone. This one by PeakselGames does its best to mimic the original Snake, detail by detail. On a pixelized field, you control a snake made of cubes (let’s recollect: there was no Minecraft back then). The snake moves on the field and picks the dots that appear randomly. With each eaten cube it grows longer, and controlling it becomes harder. Especially given that it passes the field’s border, appearing on the opposite side.
The main danger for this snake is becoming the Uroboros and biting its own tail, or whatever part it hits with the head. When you do, the game stops. You can start over or watch an ad and continue playing from where you stopped.
Remember that feeling when you needed to press the button at the right moment, to avoid collisions? Though hardly an Android phone has hardware buttons today (unless it’s the Black Shark or another gaming model), the game emulates them to provide the familiar experience. There is a four-button virtual joystick under the screen, and that resembles the original phones of that pre-iPhone era. Tapping it feels suddenly physical, due to haptic feedback.
Well, if you were not there while the original Snake was a thing, you can opt for swipe-based controls. The feel is quite different in this version, much more touch. There is also a funny option of “random” control; that means you don’t know whether you will use buttons or swipes at the next launch.
Though the game imitates the one installed by the vendor, it needs its own standalone monetization now. It’s world-based now, with each new level imitating new worlds; they include Classic Snake, Retro Snake, Snake on Steroids, and Snake Master. Each of them can be unlocked for coins you earn, or you can watch extra ads to earn more coins and probably save some time. By the way, it won’t eliminate ads; for that, you need a special payment of $0.99.
That doesn’t remove ads entirely, though. You still need to watch one to get resurrected after a failure. But you won’t get them where you don’t want them, and that may be worth it. Anyway, it’s cheaper than buying an old device (even underpriced with years) for just one app.
• Retro feeling recreated for modern devices;
• Various themes;
• Tap- and swipe-based controls;
• Moderate price for removing ads.
• It’s not your good old Nokia 3310;
• Ads can be too annoying if you’re not about paying.