This month marks the 25th anniversary of the classic Snake game, which debuted in July 1997 on the Nokia 6110. Despite the fact that mobile games have evolved, sporting cutting-edge graphics, fans of Nokia still recall Snake.
Before games like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers, this was the game that kept players glued to their phones for hours. Since many millennials played it as one of their very first games, it brings back memories for them. The game’s ease of play and the anger at defeat made it extremely addictive.
A snake that grew as it consumed food was under the player’s control. To get a high score, the snake had to keep picking food while avoiding contact with its own body or any other obstacles.
“You’d always want to come back for more with Snake — it’s simple and it frustrates you in a carefully balanced way, so you’re willing to start again from scratch each time,” said game developer William Cox.
“It is iconic and part of the history of the games industry,” he added.
Snake was a single-player arcade game that was designed after the two-player arcade game Blockade.