The SG50 celebrations are in full swing, and what better time is there to pile on the nostalgia than now? From writing about our favourite places in Singapore, to attending concerts celebrating our homegrown talents, it seems everyone is joining in on the reminiscing.
And now, we have even more reason to look to the past: Snake (yes, that mobile game) is being brought back to our mobile phones. By the original maker of the Nokia Snake game, no less.
Most of us would remember playing Snake on our first Nokia phones. That single, well, snaking, line that we controlled and moved around on our tiny screens to feed on tiny dots we referred to as ‘food’. As much as we might be embarrassed to admit, many of us spent hours on the simple, yet strangely addictive game — and lamented its demise when we gradually made the shift into the world of smartphones.
Called Snake Rewind, the new version of Snake will be available on iOS, Android and Windows phones from 14 May, and will be free for download. It was developed by Taneli Armanto, the creator of the original Nokia game, as well as Rumilus Design, an independent game studio based in Finland.
According to a press release, the game will include the following features:
- Rewind the snake after crashing to continue playing
- New special fruit types like Fruit Magnet, Trailblazer and Score Multiplier
- Purchase and upgrade boosters and items at a fruit store using fruit collected during the game
- 10 levels, each with unique visuals and music, which can be unlocked by completing missions
- Compete against friends and other players on the high score lists
One of the game’s interesting new features, as you might have noticed, includes allowing players to rewind the snake after it has crashed. It is not clear if this means that the snake will never die — one of the fun parts about the original Snake, at least to me, was the challenge of completing as many levels as possible with a single ‘life’.
That said, Snake Rewind does promise some pretty amazing looking visual effects and sounds:
I, for one, am looking forward to Snake Rewind, regardless of whether the snake will actually die. I can always aim to finish all 10 levels without rewinding, right?