While I'm not the retro overlord our own Blake Patterson is, I've always thought it would be super cool to have a cocktail arcade machine. Even though the iPad doesn't have the 30 years worth of pizza grease on it like your typical Pac-Man cocktail table would have, the iPad is a surprisingly good substitute when it comes to face to face single device multiplayer. Where am I going with all this? Well, Super Cosmic Word Snake [$2.99] combines so many things I like in an iPad game it's almost like 3V Games built their game off some design document of mine that I haven't even created yet. It's dripping with retro charm, has simple (but incredibly fun) two player single device multiplayer, and even has Game Center.

To start playing, you need to situate the iPad between you and a friend and flip a coin (or somehow determine) who is going to play which side first. As the first player, you're responsible for growing the super cosmic word snake as much as possible. Adding body segments on to the end of said snake is as simple as hitting the 7 letter buttons at the bottom of the screen to make a word. The first letter of the word you form must start with the last letter of the worm itself. The snake then, well, snakes around the screen towards the opposite side.

Player 2 plays on the opposite side of the screen, and using a slider and a button you're able to fire at the word snake. Initially you'll need to shoot asteroids out of the way to get a clear shot, but after that you're home free to unload everything you've got on to the snake. Segments of the snake come in two types, and can be killed in one shot if those segments were added by a three (or less) letter word. Segments added from a four (or more) letter word take two shots to kill.

The game is over when the worm has either been destroyed, or it has made it all the way to the other side. After that, it starts over, and it's up to you whether or not you switch places. There's also a single player mode included as well, although it's substantially less fun than playing with another person. In fact, if you don't have someone to play with, I'd go as far as just suggesting sticking with more typical single player oriented word games.

I really like how retro-ized the whole game is, and how the graphics and interface are designed to look just like a cocktail table arcade machine. It's also neat how the two players play the game so differently, with one player playing what amounts to a retro-style shooter while the other plays a word game. It would be cool to have some additional game modes, or power-ups of sorts that could keep things a little more even if one player was particularly good at their goal, but overall Super Cosmic Word Snake is a surprisingly fun two player iPad game.

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  • Bobhope

    Daddy would you like some sausages

  • Philipp Lenssen

    Cool. Will give this game a try. I've created a bunch of other two-player same device iPad games too, in case anyone's interested: http://versuspad.com

    I'm downloading pretty much all the 2-player same-device games I can get my hands on. I think it's huge fun if there's true interaction, not just a simultaneous play/ split screen.

    TouchArcade, please give us a special compilation post of all the games of this two-player genre one day :)

    • Mrsmartiepants

      This is a fantastic idea. It's one of the things that makes the iPad a better experience than all the other devices. True multil-player interaction, face to face.

      • Mrsmartiepants

        I've actually had a few of your games before. Do you post on SA? Roswell, Ogs, and Citybucks were pretty interesting. I think Roswell was the easiest to get other people to casually jump into with me for a minute or two.

        I'm going to scope out the rest tonight.

      • Mrsmartiepants

        Sorry for so many posts, but I just wanted to add that I had tried those all when they were free, but now some costs 99 cents. The more polished ones there are all pay now. I have way too many well reviewed games to nab at 99 cents then to take a risk on the ones I haven't yet tried on your site until there is more feedback.

      • Philipp Lenssen

        Mrsmartiepants, I understand. Please send me an email and I will send you a promo code for one of the games. Please note you can still get Siege Towers For Two for free, it's right at the top of the page and people who I playtested this with in pubs had a lot of fun (when playing in 2-player mode... this is the focus of the game). It even made the #1 free iPad games charts in China, Germany and Austria... while at the same time floating around something like #300 in the US :)

      • Philipp Lenssen

        Haven't posted on SA for a while (if ever?)... TouchArcade and Reddit are my daily reads :) If you like any of the games and they get mentioned somewhere please do let me know via email though, it would be hugely appreciated! (philipp.lenssen@gmail.com)

  • Marleyman

    This looks pretty cool. My favorite word game ever for iphone is Word Zapper ( here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-zapper/id302312895?mt=8 ) which is just a super-fun game, although single player, which is all the better for me, as usually I am not around other people I would play with. Also love it on both iphone and ipad (same app).

Super Cosmic Word Snake Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 3.5