Remember the good old days passing the time with your Nokia candy-bar phone and playing Snake? It was surprising how mesmerizing the gray scale game could be.
Just as cell phones have come a long way, so has the game Snake. Snake Deluxe 2 takes the fundamental premise of the original game, adds a splash of color, a storyline and multiple games levels.
Follow the break to see if Snake Deluxe 2 is as addictive and enjoyable as the classic version.
The game play of Snake hasn't changed much. You still have a snake to move around the screen, avoiding obstacles and eating fruit. The more fruit you eat, the longer the body of the snake becomes and the more challenging it becomes to move around. Hit an obstacle, edge of the screen or the snake body and it's game over. One nice feature with Snake Deluxe 2 is that a series of tutorial screens pop up on the onset of each game.
Snake Deluxe 2 offers two levels of difficulty, thirty-two different levels, four different worlds, and four different bosses. You also have an Adventure Mode that has a story line to it.
While fruit is available for the taking, you can also consume bonus items. You have hearts that give you more lives, soda that reduces the snake's size, a clock to extend your time, and a few more.
Game play is simple. Tap the screen in front of the moving snake to get it to turn in that direction. I found that a stylus gives you more accurate turns while using your finger can be off a space or two.
Graphically, Snake Deluxe 2 is nice. Colors are bright, lines are well drawn out, and overall it's a nice looking game. My one issue though is that there is a lot of empty space around the movement area. I tested the game on an Touch Pro 2 and couldn't help but feel the game would have been more enjoyable if it used more of the screen's real estate.
Playing Snake Deluxe 2 brought back memories of the old grayscale version that was somewhat addictive. Game play isn't all that different from the original and the different playing fields keeps things interesting. I found that in using the Tilt2, finger navigation wasn't always accurate and a stylus was needed.
Graphically, the game was nice but it doesn't take full advantage of the larger screens. It would have been nice if one of the game settings adjusted for the larger resolutions.
Snake Deluxe 2 runs $9.95 over at the WMExperts Software Store and requires a touchscreen Windows Phone. There's a free trial version available to let you try before you buy. If you liked the classic version, you may find yourself liking the latest rendition.