Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why Snake is the Greatest Videogame of All Time

I came to this conclusion fairly recently, yesterday in fact. Snake is a game in which you control a little snake and move him around the screen to pick up what I assume is some sort of food. As you get more food, the snake increases in size. Eventually, it becomes more difficult to move the snake around the screen, as it gets longer and longer and the chances of bumping into your own tail increase.

Not that kind of snake, silly.

Anyway, lets take a look at some of the different aspects of snake.

Cutting edge graphics.


Unfortunately, this is one of the weaker areas of the game. No motivation is given for the snake, and in the version I have they don't even explain what he/she is picking up to get bigger.

When I play though, I like to imagine that I am controlling some sort of Ancient Snake God, who has fallen from grace and is collecting pieces of his own soul to get back the power that he has lost. As he gets more powerful however, he runs the risk of destroying himself more easily. Now that I think about it, this may be why I think snake is cool.

And that's one of the cool things about Snake. You can make up your own story.


There are only four buttons in snake. Left, right, up and down. The only way you can lose is if you manage to bite your own body somehow. There is also an element of speed and planning involved, with the bonus bubbles that appear every once in a while. The faster you get to them, the more points you receive, take too long, and they will disappear.

Here's the thing though, in the end, you're actually playing against yourself. There's no such thing as messing up because of the controls, or enemy AI or anything like that. And if you do mess up, then perhaps you should be playing a game with less than four buttons.


Since there is no plot, as mentioned earlier, the only real replayability in snake comes from beating your own high score. There is something cool about that though, also it has the awesomest title for the highest score made. Snake Master. You become the fucking master of Snake! How cool is that?

In Closing!

To be honest, Snake isn't really the greatest videogame ever, that title is too vague. I mean, we all have different tastes and preferances when it comes to gaming. But, for a game that I can play on my crappy $39 phone, it just might be the best.

And...this was just included because it looks fucking strange.

EDIT: Have just realised I used the word "cool" about 300 times in this post.

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