Earlier this afternoon, Eli and I spent some time with Call of Snakes [99¢]. Its name speaks to the odd mechanical pairing going on under its hood. This is a 2D shooter, but most of its action-y mechanics take a page from Snake. You literally move a line a line of dudes with guns around grid-based levels, taking care to avoid smashing into obstacles. As you move, your team of shooters automatically fire at stationary enemies that pop up at what appears to be random intervals. There's no dots to collect; the currency here is death.

As you'll see in the video below, Call of Snakes also has this weird timer-based free-to-play, er, feature? There are several characters you can use. If one dies in a level, it stays dead for five minutes -- unless you use in-game dollars to revive him.

Anyway, we're thinking this game is going to tickle a few of you. Give it a look and see if it's up your alley. Who knows? Maybe you'll dig.

  • Flare_TM

    Guys I love this lets play series but you don't half pick some bad games sometimes! Compared to how many greats are out there, doesn't have to be BRAND new games imo

  • The Son of Anarchy

    I played this once, got to the weird timer based 'feature', which caused me to delete the game immediately in disbelief that the developer would include it. Then I figured I paid money for the damn game, I should at least give it another try, and found quite a fun little game inside. I haven't watched Eli and Jared's video and it probably shows this, but the 'feature' is easily worked around by using each character sequentially and by the time you get back to the first dude he's ready to go. In the end the 'feature' is kind've cool as it gets you to try each individual's unique strengths and weaknesses. That's my two cents anyway, I gave it a 2nd chance and now it's still on my device, and as a result, my money wasn't wasted like I first thought.

    • The Son of Anarchy

      Edit • Eli and Brad's video...

  • chamillion205

    This game is actually pretty fun

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V2V2EKPIQYD25TJHKM4D7RJDHA Bob

    I have to put a vote in for this being a very good game.  A lot was said about the IAP and it's not needed at all.  If you go through all of your players it's likely to take over five minutes to do so.  I've made some pretty bad mistakes on my part and got down to my last guy once and it by the time I had used him two of my other guys were already back to full strength.

    This is actually one of the best features of the game.  You can't just keep using the same person the whole time.  You've got to give them breaks and use others while they heal.

    Also if one of your "snake parts" dies it's pretty cool because all the troops that were behind them are off of your snake and you need to rescue them as well.

    I'm glad I watched the video, and even more glad I didn't get pushed away by the talk of the bad IAP.  I really like these videos, but it seems like this one was just played once (for the video) with no real thought before-hand.

    Fun game!

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

      I agree with some of the comments Bob has made, im surprised that they didn't notice the credit reward from doing one of the levels which you could use to reheal your man and yes you can see it on this video.

      Also there is a lot more to just making a snake, the troops you save do have different skills some have long shoots others will heal the snake.  Then there is the multiplayer option that was not looked at.

       

  • 1Fcm

    I like this game a lot. When one of the team mates dies i won't wait for him to revive, I just set my iPhone clock forward an hour and then go back and restart the game. The dead soldier is now alive again and so I just set the clock back.

    • Tim Cant

      If you have to trick a game you have already paid for into letting you play it, thats pretty whack

  • pocketmego

    Great video, as always. This looks fun. I might look into it at some point. That Iap mechanic does need the game to be free to really make a lot of sense. But, over all it looks decent.

  • pea_nut

    Well at least it tickled Nimblebit enough to make them clone this. (Nimblebit is the company that complained about Zynga stealing their ideas)