Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100)
Android version: 2.3.6
Runs as of version: 2.1
Doodle Snake is an extremely popular game with over 6 million iOS users and counting. The app has also received great reviews on the Android platform, but it doesn't have nearly as many users on Android as it does on iOS. Is Doodle Snake worth the hype? And if so, why aren't more people playing it on Android?
It doesn't take long for the 11MB to download. Because the game is free you will see a few ad banners, but I wasn't bothered by these in the least.
So, does everyone have a notion of what the original Snake game on Nokia devices looked like and what the gameplay was? For those of you who don't: a virtual snake travels around the display searching for food which makes it grow longer and longer. You navigate the snake, guiding it towards the food and making sure it doesn't run into its own body as it grows longer.
A virtual keyboard appears to the right of the game field, displaying only the two directions that are available at the very moment. This might be a bit confusing at first, but you'll get used to it.
There are five different worlds to try out, ranging from a complex labyrinth to a complete empty kind of space. You can also activate five different skins by getting through levels successfully.
Points and, of course, high scores are saved for each level, which means that if you play a level over you ahve the opportunity to improve your score.
The key element is the unique Doodle style. The whole thing looks like hand drawn sketches, and it's just lots of fun to play.
Doodle Snake is a new edition of a mobile phone classic. The open feint feature might bring out a competitive edge in you, as will the score option in the different worlds.
The game is nicely made and overall good fun to play.
Screen & Controls
I'm familiar with the Doodle style and like it a lot. The virtual buttons may lead to a bit of preliminary confusion, but my guess is that you'll get the hang of it soon enough. Doodle Snake also comes with motion buttons and a joystick, but I don't really like either alternative, and that's my main issue with the app. These control modes don't allow users to react quickly enough, and speed is the name of the game when it comes to Snake.
Speed & Stability
Doodle Snake performed very well throughout my test runs, and there was no tugging and pulling.
Doodle Snake is free and available from Google Play. As mentioned, there are ads but they aren't very intrusive.