Remember that retro mobile game called ‘Snake’ which came preloaded on old Nokia handsets? The title is now getting a complete makeover and is being built from scratch for the advanced smartphone platforms, and is being aptly called ‘Snake Rewind.’
Snake Rewind is in no way affiliated with Nokia – directly at least – with the title being developed by game developers Rumilus Design and Taneli Armanto, where Armanto has been associated with Nokia in the past as an engineer, and was responsible for preloading the original Snake onto the Nokia 6110 back in 1997. This slithering snake that needed to be guided to certain pixels (read: food) with the help of a physical keypad while avoiding ramming into its own lengthening body as you move, has literally been the Candy Crush of its era.
While still in the works, the developers have spilled the beans on what the game has to offer for the new generation of mobile video gamers. The title will introduce some exciting power-ups and other tricks to move away from the original experience that sounds rather dull now, as gamers gather fruits or points that will be used for purchasing some snake upgrades. The developers are also throwing in the ability to rewind the gameplay incase your snake hits a wall of itself. The details however remain unclear, with the developers saying that some new themes and special effects will also be included to give it a more modern feel.
Guiding the snake with a physical keypad has a distinct feel to it, and it will be interesting to see the set of controls Snake Rewind provides for gamers in the touch-screen era. The game has been slated for a May 14th release and will be available on all three modern mobile based platforms; Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. There’s no word on whether the game, once released, will be a freebie or carry a price tag for the effort being put in by the developers for this complete reboot of an old classic.
In 2005, talking about Snake, Armanto said that, “When we created Snake for the Nokia 6110 in 1997, we wanted to give people an entertaining experience, but we never imagined that it would become the classic mobile game.” Whether Snake Rewind experiences in the same fate or not, is something time will tell.