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Super Snake DS

Another old classic which has been given a new lease of life on the DS, Super Snake DS is a variation on the old mobile phone offering Snakes. Guide your roving reptile around the screen, eating the fruit and food scattered around the playing area. Each meal extends your tail, so beware – if your head hits a wall or your own body, it’s ‘game over’.

Super Snake DS boasts a Classic Mode, which is just like the mobile phone game, and an Adventure Mode which boasts a storyline and mini-games where you earn lives, points and more. To be honest, neither are particularly well executed. The Classic Mode is dire, with two-colour graphics and a snake that’s no more than a rectangular block. The Adventure Mode is better, with the game area covering both screens, improved (but by no means wonderful) graphics and a neat little background tune, but execution problems remain. The snake seems to brush past the fruit rather than swallow it, and sometimes between-level messages are left on the screen when the next stage starts.
Imperfect execution lets down what could’ve been a neat game. Yet with a little more work, it could be a worthy winner.

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: The snake in action!

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: Game selection screen

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: This screen tells us the story of our hero

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Competition entries so far...
Breakout DS Breakout DS
The arcade classic finds its way on to the Nintendo DS thanks to Max Media Player.
DSokoban DSokoban
Clever treasure puzzle game with puzzles ranging from easy-peasy to tricky enough to make you pull your hair out in frustration.
DSudoku DSudoku
The pen-and-paper classic comes to the DS, and the developer has put a great deal of effort into turning it into a videogame.
Earth Invaders Earth Invaders
Positioned at the foot of the screen Space Invaders style, You blasts out bullets with attitude for as long as your stylus is on the touchscreen.
Super Snake DS Super Snake DS
Guide your roving reptile around the screen, eating the fruit and food scattered around the playing area.
Warrior Training Warrior Training
an interesting mix of game styles.
London Underground AMAP4DS
A map of the London Underground is always a handy thing to have when visiting the capital. This is the Nintendo DS version.
Stringy Things Stringy Things DS
Stringy Things DS is a compendium of word games.
Minesweeper Minesweeper DS
Fans of classic gaming will soon be able to play it on the move.
DDRlite DDRlite
It does what it says on the tin, with no real surprises.
Battleship Battleship
Now here’s a game worth playing! A fair old rendition of the classic pencil-and-paper offering.
Memory Memory
What can you say about Memory that isn’t obvious from the screenshots?
Tic Tac Toe Tic Tac Toe
This one’s Noughts and Crosses on the DS.
Prohibition Prohibition
Interesting – an Amstrad CPC game brought to the DS in an unofficial conversion.
Joggle DS Joggle DS
It’s daunting at first, but as you sit and think, all sorts of words present themselves.
PaddleBattleDS PaddleBattleDS
Now here’s a text-book example of how to make good use of the touchscreen and create a game which could only have appeared on the DS.
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