Just from the icon of this app I knew that this game was going to be a revved up version of the retro classic “Snake”. For those who are unfamiliar with this title, it was the revolutionary and iconic mobile phone game which came preloaded on Nokias.
To maintain that pixelated feeling there’s still the blocky snake along with the precious chunks of food. The first option in the game is “classic” mode and initially everything looks all the same. You can use an on-screen D-pad and on the first level there’s one central square obstacle along with four randomly placed white blocks on the right of the screen. Why were there white blocks on the side though?…
So your snake is green, the luminous type of green that you’d normally see in an arcade game centre, and the white blocks are obstructions which you’re supposed to avoid. The first thing everyone would probably ask is whether or not you can travel through the edge of the screen and pop out the opposite side…. Unfortunately not… so my curiosity caused my death on a cuddy 50 points. I also died a few times due to the slippery surface of my touch screen… I couldn’t really feel my fingers pressing the real physical buttons and so I lost tactile sense. Also when the snake turns, there’s that tiny delay from when your finger presses the key and the snake is actually turning – not much of an issue since you can easily adapt to the latency after a few more attempts. However something that is changed from the classic is the turning: you would expect the snake to do an instant 90 degree turn, but instead the snake body actually goes around a pivot point. A slight cosmetic change… was it irritating? No not at all, I quite liked the upgrade.
What is Special?
There are already thousands of “Snakes” for Android on Google Play, so what makes this version so special amongst the rest? Well one distinctive aspect is that you can unlock different maps for your snake to play on (each level has different obstacles). You can also eat more than simple blocks: there are red dots which I assume are apples, bunches of red dots which look like cherries, mushrooms (I’m certain on this one) and finally yellow padlock-like objects.
You have three modes to play: “Classic” which is the retro style where you can unlock different maps; “Survival” where you need to survive in a single map with loads of A.I snakes; But the mode that I love is “Escape”. Yes, this is the game style which makes use of the 4 row of squares on the right hand side of the screen. In all three modes you are a snake, and the gameplay is ultimately survival. If you eat a mushroom then you freeze time, bright red dots increase your snake length, dim red dots decrease the length of enemy snakes, and the ambiguous yellow padlocks are for the “Escape”.
It’s not the best game but it is well polished and the game mode “Escape” deserves some credit for its unique play style which really adds a new spark to Snakes. Find out what the yellow padlocks are and how amazing “Escape” is by playing this game which is free!
Developers: Plumbum Artz
Snake Survival Promotional Youtube Video