Remember that good old Snake game that used to be on your Nokia? It's finally getting an official reboot

Remember that good old Snake game that used to be on your Nokia? It's finally getting an official reboot
Back in the day of "dumb" phones, gaming on your handset wasn't a very common activity. Obviously, there wasn't really a way to put any software into the gizmo, so owners were stuck with games that were factory pre-baked into the "software". These were usually small, boring, way too simple, or way too repetitive games, with a few exceptions here and there, but no one cared much about them, as game playing was far from a selling point back in the day.

Well, that status quo almost changed when Nokia launched the 6110 with a Snake game installed among its entertainment options – in fact, we are pretty sure that there were many people back then who bought or at least craved a Nokia handset after playing on their friend's phone for about an hour. The game was the Angry Birds of the late '90s with nothing coming close to competing with it.

Snake was far from an original title – there were a lot of games that operated on the same concept and mechanics available for various computer systems before that, most of them employing the word “snake” or “worm” in the title. It just so happens that people were not busy patenting every letter of the alphabet back then, so the title or gameplay really doesn't have a set original author.

Now, as far as who put the game into the 6110 – that was a Nokia engineer by the name of Taneli Armanto. Mr. Armanto has now teamed up with developer Rumilus Design in an effort to refresh, modernize, and reboot the good ol' Snake and maybe return it to its former glory, this time under the name “Snake Rewind”. Yes, there are a lot of fan-made copies out there on both the Android and iOS app stores, however, this version seems to try to mix old and new, giving us graphics that remind us of the minimalistic nature of low-res games, but with lots of cool new effects to boot. How will it translate to the touchscreen era? We can't be sure, but we hope it's better than the aforementioned clones.

There is no word on game pricing, though, the trailer does show a pretty blatant mechanic that will allow you to “rewind” your life if you happen to make a mistake. These rewinds seem like they will be purchasable, so we are guessing this new Snake may follow the freemium model. Expect it to pop up on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone app stores on May the 14th.



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16 Comments

1. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

It's a shame that touchscreens make for terrible controls with games that require speedy and sudden reactions like this one. Capacitive touchscreens in general are unsuited for gaming unless the entire game is built around the controls being for a touchscreen, which often results in very simple controls, when there could have been more complex controls that would allow the player to do more.

3. gaming64 unregistered

LOL That unless the gameplay of the game is tap to move.

4. gaming64 unregistered

Gaming on mobile is really bitter with an on screen stick. Luckily, I only play Vainglory on iPad. Really great controls that are meant for touchscreen unlike Heroes of Order and Chaos where controls are crap. I reccomend downloading this game guys when it gets released for Android.

6. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

if touchscreen can change the gaming industry, then PlayStation would not have controllers.

9. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Or any other dedicated gaming system, for that matter.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Glad my phone has a stylus...Plus Android phones all can use joypads via its MicroUSB port or BT.

2. gaming64 unregistered

Nothing can beat retro Snake games. Why isn't there any MOBA for Snakes yet?

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I should buy an old Nokia just to play the Snake games. I used to play it for hours when I was young

5. waddup121 unregistered

Moba for snakes...hahaha

7. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i've been playing this pn my phone for months already with buttons included: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.byq.nokia_snake_2

8. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Someone remembers Bounce? That was an amazing game and I could never find a replacement :(

11. gaming64 unregistered

Oh yeah! The retro one was better than the color one. You had like cheats and everything. The colored one was an absolute POS.

12. gaming64 unregistered

The colored version I'm talking about is found on newer Symbian smartphones.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Amen to that

15. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

There was Snake 3D that featured in some XpressMusic Nokia 3250. That game was awesome

16. gaming64 unregistered

I played every version of Snake on pretty much every Nokia phone and sadly, bothing can beat the 1st retro Snake,

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