It’s one of the most iconic games in mobile history. Every person had a high-score, every person was determined to better someone else’s score.
It’s one of the most iconic games in mobile history. Every person had a high-score, every person was determined to better someone else’s score. It was a never-ending battle between friends and family. Whenever you met someone with a Nokia phone the same question was always asked: “What’s your high-score on Snake?”
Although the original concept wasn’t created by Nokia, Taneli Armanto programmed a mobile specific version for the Nokia 6110 in 1998. It was this release that saw the game begin its journey to reach the great heights of popularity.
Since then, there have been many versions of Snake to grace the mobile world.
It was in 2000 when the Nokia 3310 arrived that Snake found its true fame. This version brought about Snake II, which is arguably the version that propelled the game to its highest popularity. The updated version added a more snake-like form, bonuses, mazes and a cyclical screen - meaning you could now go through the bottom of the level and come back out the top.
Several versions followed as technology advanced. Snake Xenzia was released for monochrome displays around 2005 and was the first look at the game with any color on a Nokia screen.
Snake EX was the first real shift in graphics for the game and featured many of the well known aspects of Snake II. The game looked more polished and the snake began to look even more snake-like than its predecessor in Snake II.
The game would go on to see a multitude of changes to the way it looked and the way it played in the following years. Snakes was a multiplayer version that allowed you to play with your friends and compete for bragging rights. Snake III brought about a dramatic shift in graphics with the snake looking its most reptilian, and Snake Subsonic made its way into the world in 2008.
HMD Global took the game back to basics upon the release of the Nokia 3310 feature phone in 2017. Bringing back the Snake Xenzia name, the updated version of the game is a more colorful and more attractive version of the original. The inclusion of Snake on the feature phone was met with a lot of enthusiasm from fans and critics alike.
The Snake legacy doesn’t end there. In 2018 our CPO, Juho Sarvikas, tweeted out that Snake was now available as an Augmented Reality game on Nokia phones. The AR game maps out your level using your camera and your surroundings.
The future is bright for Snake. We’re looking forward to seeing where one of the world’s most iconic games will go next.
What was your favorite version of Snake? More importantly however, what’s your high-score? Let us know in the comments below.
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