"Wild Snake is a tetris-like game. In this game, many snakes fall downwards. The object is to clear as many snakes as possible, and by doing this get as many points as you can, before the snakes pile up to reach the top of the playing field."
Wild Snakea game by Manley & Associates
- Manufacturer: Spectrum Holobyte
- Machine: Game Boy
Just possibly the best hand-held game of all time (alright, Tetris fans, don't soil your pants), the action is fierce and furious as you try to clear one of ten different grids from the curse of the falling snakes. Kinda like the plagues of Egypt, huh?
- Manufacturer: Bullet-Proof Software
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Puzzle
It's a puzzle game where poisonous snakes are being piled up. If you can match two of the same kind, both will disappear. But if you keep messing up, the snakes will attack you!
There are different backgrounds that affect the game play, plus cobras that devour any snake unfortunate to get in its way. And something ultra-rare, is the Wild Snake that makes all of a specific snake disappear.
Like most puzzle games, this one shines when you have two players fighting it out. Send snakes to his side as the action heats up.
There's more strategy here than Tetris and the graphics are quite cool. If you need something to slake your thirst for brain-bending fun, then Wild Snake is for you.
WildSnake slithers onto the scene with silky-smooth puzzler play, though it doesn't have as much sparkle and strategy as a classic like Tetris 2.
WildSnake effectively clones the traditional Tetris style of play and adds a good variation. Players guide slippery, slinky snakes and try to stack them so their colors match. You control the speed of the falling snakes by dragging them down faster, and you can also steer them into corners or holes with easy, precise moves.
ProTip: When Wild Snakes drop, quickly maneuver them so they touch the snake that appears most often on-screen. They'll make all similar snakes disappear.
There are many ways to play. In the one-player mode, players choose from six wells that the snakes drop into. In two-player mode, gamers go head-to-head on side-by-side screens. You can get blocks onto your opponent's screen, but your main goal is eliminating your own snakes. In King Cobra mode, one player takes on challenges like eliminating SO snakes in 150 seconds.
WildSnake's graphics aren't as razor sharp or as 3D as the graphics in similar games, but they suffice. The tiny snakes with tiny patterns will make old-timers squint, though. The graphical highlight comes when the snakes slither and loop into an open hole. Meanwhile, the tunes are merely a pleasing backdrop -- nothing more, nothing less.
WildSnake's an intriguing puzzler. It would've benefited from more two-player strategies -- such as ways to sabotage your opponent. If you love this style of game, though, for heaven's snakes, try it.
- You can constantly change your falling snake's direction. If you see two matching snakes close together, touch one, then change direction and touch the other to earn more points.
- Stack snakes vertically in rows at the bottom of the screen or in side arms of different wells to make matches easily.