Move over Candy Crush Saga, the one time king of mobile gaming is set to make a return.
Back in the days when sending an SMS was about as good as it got for mobile phone users and long before anyone had ever thought about taking a selfie, mobile gaming was immensely different to the multi billion dollar industry it is today.
Long before Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds, THE game, or rather the only game to play on your mobile phone was Snake.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Snake is set to make a return on modern smartphones.
If you owned a mobile phone in the mid to late 1990s, there’s a good chance it was a Nokia and there’s equally a good chance that at one time or another you too would have played the game, which at one time was the undisputed king of the mobile gaming world.
However, the popularity of Snake wasn’t due to its great gameplay, beautiful graphics or addictive storyline but rather that from 1997 onwards it came pre-installed on almost all Nokia handsets, most notably on the Nokia 6110, which was one of the first handsets to penetrate into the mass market.
Due to its inclusion on Nokia phones, many people mistakenly think Snake was invented by Nokia. However, the game had actually been around for almost thirty years before it ever found its way onto a mobile phone, first appearing on some of the earliest home computers under a variety of different names in the 1970s.
Now Snake will soon be available on your smartphone after it was announced that a new mobile version called Snake Rewind will be released on iOS, Android and Windows phone on May 14.
The creators of Snake Rewind, Taneli Armanto, who was the person that put Snake onto the Nokia 6110 in 1997, and Rumilus Design, have not said how much the new version will cost but they have released a video giving users an idea of what to expect, which in all honest doesn’t seem to differ a great deal from the early Nokia versions.
Will you be downloading Snake Rewind?
Will the new version of the classic game prove to be a big enough distraction from the likes of Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans?
Let us know in the comments section below.
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