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18 years later, Snake returns to mobile phones

Mobile gaming has come full circle with a sequel to Snake

If you owned a cellphone in the late ’90s or early 2000s, you might remember playing Snake to pass the time. Snake creator Taneli Armanto has decided to create a sequel to the game that millions around the world played on their Nokia phones almost two decades ago.

The original Snake game was released in 1997. Eighteen years later, Armanto and Rumilus Design have teamed up to create Snake Rewind. You do way more in this version of the game than just collect a fruit represented as a dot on old Nokia phones. Screenshots of the game include players collecting multiple dots and powerups to get the highest score possible.

“Created together with Rumilus Design, Snake Rewind takes the iconic elements and intuitive gameplay from the original Snake game and combines them with cool visual effects, sounds, and innovative new features. The game can be immediately picked up and enjoyed by everyone, while offering many fun and challenging goals and discoveries for a long-lasting experience,” the press release said.

When you played the original game, if you crashed into a wall or into your own tail, the game was over. However, in Snake Rewind, you can rewind the snake after crashing to continue the game. You can also get powerups such as the Fruit Magnet, Trailblazer, and the Score Multiplier. In addition, there will be a “fruit store” where boosters and other items can be purchased and upgraded for use in the game. There will be 10 levels with their own visuals and music that can be unlocked by completing challenging missions. Thanks to the Internet, you can also compete against your friends and the rest of the world for the highest score.

Snake Rewind will be available for free on May 14, 2015, on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The game will also include in-app purchases.