Electronic Arts have released Snood for the iPhone, a game that has been cloned many, many times on the iDevice. Now that the real one is out, nothing can beat it right? I mean, the original is always the best with always the most polished graphics and whatnot. Well folks, I’m somewhat disappointed to say that Snood turned out to be less than adequate and a mediocre port that doesn’t seem to be worthy of your money.
Graphics: I won’t bag on the graphics/artwork because, well, it’s not bad. The Snoods’ facial expressions are definitely classic and well done, and I always seem to get a laugh out of the funny facials. Credit goes where credit is due; the remastered artwork is well done, and I have no complaints in this department.
Sound Effects/Music: The music and sound effects in Snood is definitely top quality, and I really loved to hear all the neat noises while playing the game. The sound effects definitely work hand in hand with the artwork and theme, and it can be clearly seen that there was a lot of attention of the sound effects.
Gameplay Modes: With 4 gameplay modes to satisfy you, it’s definitely something that’ll keep you busy. It is welcoming to see that the developer added more than just one or two. The gameplay modes included in Snood are Story, Classic, Time Attack, and Puzzle. Story mode and Classic mode are very similar in that you just clear the board, and Time Attack is when the game is of course timed. Puzzle mode takes a little bit more thinking and you must try and clear the board using precise aiming and placement.
Connect to Facebook: Sure, everyone has a Facebook account right? Wrong. While I do have a personal Facebook account, I really don’t like how everything in the game is depended on Facebook. The achievements, highscores, etc. are all Facebook based and nothing is really non-Facebook based. If you don’t have a Facebook, you’re out of luck and won’t be able to play against friends in Live Play or see the highscores.
Design: Overall layout of the game is definitely cluttered and organized, and the buttons could use another coat of polish. This game is definitely a game that is very unlike EA Mobile, and I must say that the game is one of the more ugly-looking games. Sure the gameplay area is colorful, but the outside features some ugly buttons and user interface. It almost seems like EA Mobile just slapped together the menus and user interface, then put the name Snood on there with a $3.99 price tag.
Nothing New: There’s nothing new about Snood, it’s that plain and simple. The gameplay elements to Snood are nothing different than the $0.99 alternatives like Bubble Bash. There needs to be something that makes this game worth that $3.99 price tag, but I didn’t find any redeeming values that made this game worth $3.99.
As you can tell, I was somewhat disappointed with Snood. It delivers nothing new compared to the $0.99 alternatives, poorly designed, and the “connect to Facebook” is actually a negative feature. It almost feels like a slapped together port just to make a few more dollars here and there. If you’re a die-hard Snood fan, I guess I can recommend the game to you, but otherwise, it’s just another mediocre port with a popular name on it.