When I think of cell phone games the first type of game I think of is snake. Back in the day when we all had colorless nokia phones, snake was preinstalled on all of them. I loved playing some old school snake and in fact sometimes ill pull out an old phone and get a nice little throw back.
As we have seen on the iphone, there is no shortage of snake games available. Space Snake is just one of these in the pile, and unfortunately it really doesn’t do anything to separate itself from the pack.
On the off chance that you have lived under a rock for your whole life and you don’t know what snake is, allow me to explain. You are a snake and you eat food to make your snake longer. As you get longer it becomes that much easier for you to run into yourself or an enemy. This game plays just like that, except you can move in any direction, not just 90 degree turns.
Where the game really falters is in the controls. In order to start a game you a required to put your iPhone parallel to the floor. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t generally game with my head leaning over the phone. This makes the base position for playing the game rather uncomfortable. Once you get passed that the tilt controls actually work very well, but none of that matters because playing the game is just uncomfortable. I’ve seen plenty of motion controlled games where it calibrates your starting position and makes that the center for tilt. Seems to me that this would be easy enough to implement and would make the game actually fun.
The game looks pretty decent, but the space theme is kind of lackluster. Its basically just a black screen with white dots for the stars.
Space snake had potential, but the poorly implemented controls keep the game from being recommendable.
Presentation & Graphics
The space theme is underwhelming at best, really doesn’t add anything to the game, just a black screen with dots, but it’s not horrible graphically.
No music, and the only real sound is the popping sound when you eat a food pellet. There isn’t even a sound when you die.
Could be fun if the controls worked at all. Forcing the player to start in a certain position is just annoying.
There is really only one stage, and while playing just a simple one stage game of snake worked back in 1996, it just doesn’t cut it anymore.
The game is not very good, unless you like getting a neck cramp from playing a game, I would pass on space snake.