Snakeybus Review DEALS
For folks of a certain age, the Nokia 3310 is a byword for durability and, if there was ever a nuclear apocalypse (not trying to put ideas in folks heads, Donald). The only things that would probably survive are cockroaches and Nokia 3310s. The reason that I’m babbling on about a phone that’s more durable than a nuclear bunker is because it also housed a game called Snake II, where you controlled a snake and it goes around the screen eating pellets. The catch is that the more things the snake eats, the longer it gets and the harder it is to control and the name of the game is to keep going for as long as possible without running into yourself or barrier. It was an excellent game, but for the most part, it’s aged badly in terms of looks.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a game on the Nintendo store (there was a sale on, so I was curious) called Snakeybus – developed by Stovetop, LLC, and Stage Clear studios. That was inspired by the original and classic Snake game, but instead of a snake, it’s a bus this time around. With a selection of 5 types of buses on offer from a US School bus to a London double-decker and even a party bus. With 11 locales including Paris, Seattle and even a US suburb. So there’s plenty on offer to drive and drive about in.
The rules are pretty much the same as you would expect – collect passengers till you’re full. Drop them off at predetermined destinations and increase the size of the bus, and try not to run into yourself or crash into a building. Unlike the original, you can jump over your trail of buses or buildings if needs be which is handy. There is a variance of game modes – original, where you’re not under any sort of pressure other than not crashing. Time mode where you’re under a time limit to deliver your passengers to the destination and get more time in doing so. All the while not running into yourself or crashing.
There are 2 other game modes which are fixed for special maps. Aerial mode where you will “try” to fly across a ravine collecting passengers. On my attempt to play, it was uncontrollable mayhem. And an endless mode that just goes on forever or until you get bored. One complaint is that after reading up on this that the PC version has a multiplayer element which sounds like a right laugh but unfortunately it doesn’t have it on the trio of current-gen consoles which feels like a missed opportunity even a local multiplayer would have brilliant enough. Bit of a missed opportunity there. Controls are easy and simple to follow, and there are online leaderboards if seeing your name on top is your thing. In short a nice and little game and follows on from the core elements of Snake. But maybe needs a bit more to it like a multiplayer function.
Visually it looks ok but could have done with much more polish, as the texture mapping, particularly in the paris level, is a bit wonky where the bricks are laid vertically. The main reason why I bring up something that particular is that when the game ends the camera pans up so it is easily visible, and a bit off-putting. Horizon lines as well looks a bit off-putting particularly in the Seattle level.
Technically, a little bit as well though it runs fairly smoothly, although running into your tail as it adds on more buses is a bit forgivable but could be a wee bit more elegant. Other than that no real game-breaking issues to be had.
Side point though with this whole coronavirus situation it is going to make the world’s economies take a bit of a hit and while by any stretch I am by no means an expert in the economy. It’s going to hurt our wallets a bit and for a Snake game with buses. £10 (though I got it for £8 on sale on Nintendo) is way, way overpriced for what it is. Even £8 is overpriced for what it is.
So the verdict. Snakeybus is a fun little game that echoes the nostalgia of the original game back in the Nokia days. With plenty of buses and locales to master, the downsides not a lot to it in terms of game modes. Could have done with a multiplayer like the PC version, and needs a bit more polish graphically. For what it is and what you get for it, it’s way overpriced. But If you can get this game for anything under £5 it’s a fun little game.
Snakeybus is a fun game with very simple controls that’s easy to pick up and kill the time with plenty of buses and locales on offer. Although there aren't a lot of game modes to it and really could have done with a multiplayer element for consoles in particular and could have done with some graphic polishing.
- Fun gameplay
- Plenty of locations and buses on offer
- Very easy to pick up
- Lacking content
- Needs more polishing
- Way overpriced for what it is
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