I'll set the scene for you youngsters out there-- It's the late 90's, you finally upgraded your weird Motorola flip phone to a fancy looking new Nokia candy bar with amazing new features such as a clock, a calculator, interchangeable faceplates… And the best of all: Snake. You'd go on to quite literally spend the next few years of your life playing Snake, as well as discussing strategy, tactics, and top scores with friends who all shared the similar problem of having a state of the art phone with a single game on it.

Even though the game was made popular by these Nokia phones of the late 90's, the concept behind Snake itself actually had roots going all the way back to 1960 where it was originally played on an IBM 1620 at the Physics building at UC Berkeley. This ultra-primative version of the game was displayed on an oscilloscope. Derivative titles then went on to make their way into arcade machines, the Atari 2600 launch lineup, the TRS-80, the TI-99/4A, and tons other classic platforms.

Enter Snake '97 [99¢ / Free], an absolutely marvelous rendition of the classic Nokia Snake. It features multiple virtual phones for you to play on, as well as all the original sound effects and (as far as I can remember) shockingly accurate gameplay. If you've similarly invested years of your life into playing Snake on your old Nokia, this is something you simply must have on your iPhone.

There's both a 99¢ version with no limitations, as well as a free version which allows you to play to a top score of 200. If all you're looking for is a taste of nostalgia, the free version is fine… But for true hardcore Snake players, that 200 point ceiling is going to come way too soon.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike


  • Anonymous

    Wow, I remember when I was in school and used to play a version of this called 'Nibbles' that was coded in QBasic.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. For me, nibbles.bas will always be the king of this genre. Played it on my graddad's old 386 machines. There's a really good clone/port on the AppStore as "Snake DOS". And, of course, it plays quite well in iDos/DosBox. =)

  • http://battlebornmusic.com BattleBorn

    This is awesome. and makes me wish I still had my ti-86 haha

  • Anonymous

    Totally should've used the Nokia 3310 instead of the 3210.

    • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

      3310 had a newer Snake

  • Nick

    Fun for the nostalgia effect, but for a great iPhone snake I'll go with Hard lines 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The best snake game for iPhone is Doodle Grub! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doodle-grub/id375749524?mt=8

  • derp

    You should cover "Space Impact" as well. It's a game from the same phone.

  • Macaroon

    I was proud of my 3210. I felt so liberated and grown up lol. I don't remember getting totally blown away by Snake though. It's a bit of a crummy game tbh. There, I said it. I've learned from previous 'nostlagia' pangs not to bite. I usually play them once, go 'oh yeah, I remember that', and move swiftly on...

  • ukpaul19

    I remember playing this game. Took me forever to complete, I finally managed to completely fill the screen. Never played it again.

  • Nickmorgs

    The 3210 was sweet.  Xpress on covers!  What happened to those ?

  • Martin Lauritsen

    I love the scratches on the 3210 - just as I remember it 🙂

  • bert

    nokia made a version of snake in retro wireframe 3d which was pretty cool when i was using n96. freakin lousy phone. which convince me to stay away from nokia forever. only good thing is the said snake game. wish someone would port it to the iphone.

  • Anonymous

    This game is good for nostalgic players! If you're looking for a refreshing snake game, with a twisted gameplay, charming cartoon graphics and tilt controls, Doodle Grub will be better match for you! http://www.doodlegrub.com

    iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doodle-grub/id375749524?mt=8
    iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doodle-grub-hd/id436959450?mt=8&ls=1