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Review Snaky Lines
A trippy but insanely fun endless runner
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 23 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Unique gameplay, fun controls, stunning art style
Takes a long time to get used to the controls, very difficult
If you follow any of my reviews at all, you’ll probably notice I’m not a huge fan of punishingly difficult endless runners. I like ones I can play until I get bored of them, not ones that frustrate me enough to uninstall them. Snaky Lines for Android manages to find a happy medium between the two, however.
The bright neon colors contrasting to the game’s otherwise dark environments really caught my attention and drew me in. Witnessing the game in action certainly didn’t disappoint either. Animations looks great and just watching the game play is almost distracting.
The controls are a bit wonky, but it’s done so on purpose. So, gameplay is typical: you’ve got a character, there is a lane, and you need to avoid obstacles. This game has the character constantly gravitate to the center of the lane. You can tap either side to have your character move in the direction, but if you hold it the snake will rapidly bounce back to the center of the lane. The key is to “dribble” the snake in the right direction. You’ll be quickly tapping, and doing so repeatedly, rather than holding.
Snaky Lines is a delight to play. Its art style is unrivaled and the game’s controls, though frustrating, offer a really unique take on an otherwise stale genre. If you’re a fan of endless runners and are looking for something difficult to pick up and play then this is it.
The new version of the popular Snake
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 05 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One S
Quality soundtrack, quality animation, quality graphics, simple controls
Requires create an account, too many ads
Snaky Lines for Android is a funky musical game, that's all about control. Everything's in flashy neon, with a dubby robotic voiceover, that would be completely at home in a Tron movie or Daft Punk music video. So you're this little ball racing down the middle of a winding path. The sides of the path will bounce you off them with a fierce electric shock. This will often knock you straight into the obstacles you were trying to avoid.
The trick is to use gentle short taps, to move in controlled squiggly, snaky lines. You move seamlessly from one level to the next by crossing over finish lines. The music switches up, and does a convincing job of making you feel like you're right in the action.
The obstacles include things like bumpers, and spinning pink cubes. It's tough to get the knack of controlling the puck well enough to consistently avoid everything. It's easy to forget about the edges, push for just a bit too long, and knock right into them. So it makes you want to keep replaying and trying.
The game gives you the opportunity to watch short video ads (mostly for other games) for the opportunity to keep going, which is fair enough really. If I would make one criticism, it's that the game could make better use of screenspace. Although it's completely playable on a small screen, there is a lot of wasted space at the edges.