It was a massive hit in school playgrounds, offices and homes across the country at the turn of the millennium, but now Snake has made a triumphant return.
Anticipation of a revival of the cult classic began to mount after news emerged of plans by HMD Global – the firm behind Nokia’s latest handsets – to re-release the iconic 3310.
But fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the mobile, expected to be released sometime around April, can get their fix on Facebook’s Messenger app.
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Nokia has announced a new version of the cult game Snake for Facebook Messenger. The modern take on the cult classic has been released as part of Facebook’s Instant Games feature and is designed to be played with friends
Snake first featured on Nokia handsets in the late 1990s and since then has appeared on over 400 million phones.
The modern take on the cult classic has been released as part of Facebook’s Instant Games feature on its Messenger app for smartphones, as well as the desktop version of the social media site.
The re-imagined version has been designed to be played with groups of friends.
To play the game right now, users simply need to open up the Facebook Messenger app, start a chat with a friend and click on the game controller icon to select Snake from the list of available games.
In keeping with the original game, players will move the snake around the screen, eating apples and bugs along the way to score points. The more the snake eats, the longer it grows, making it more challenging to control
Snake first featured on Nokia handsets in the late 1990s and since then has appeared on over 400 million phones. A revamped version of Snake will be pre-installed on the new Nokia 3310
In keeping with the original game, players will move the snake around the screen, eating apples and bugs along the way to score points.
The more the snake eats, the longer it grows, making it more challenging to control.
There are six levels to enjoy, each with a different layout and snake skin.
Gamers can choose from three speeds; the higher the speed, the higher the score.
A revamped version of Snake will also be pre-installed on the new Nokia 3310, which has been re-released 17 years after it was first launched.
The new 3310, with a slick new look that pays homage to its original design, was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, earlier this week.
A which has been re-released 17 years after it was first launched. It is expected to go on sale to the public sometime around April
The iconic handset was a massive hit with users back in 2000 and now the mobile phone giant is relaunching it with a month-long battery and 22 hours of talk-time.
Pekka Rantala is Chief Marketing Officer of HMD Global, the firm behind the latest generation of Nokia phones.
About the games re-release, he said: ‘The Snake game was the most popular game in the history of Nokia phones, in fact the true origin of mobile gaming can be traced back to a Nokia handset released in 1997.
‘To this day it has remained hugely popular, not only because it carries a strong sense of nostalgia but because this was the first ever mobile gaming experience for many consumers.
The revamped 3310 has a new colour screen but has limited internet capabilities relying on 2.5G connectivity – offering users slower browsing speed than with 3G
The phone, which sold 126million handsets until it was phased out in 2005, will be sold by Finish company HMD Global
‘The opportunity to partner with Facebook, the social media platform that has single handedly defined the social media landscape, is an incredible opportunity.
‘We were truly excited to work with them to bring back Snake in a modern format to a global audience.
‘We hope in its new format it unites people across the world and brings as much joy to players as it did the first time around.’