HMD Global confirmed today at the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show that it would release a new version of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone. As it turned out, that phone will also include a new version of the classic Nokia Snake mobile game as well.
In case your knowledge of mobile phones does not go back too far, you may not know about Snake. While versions of the game, with different names and slightly different gameplay, have been around since the 1970s, the first Nokia version was included as part of the Nokia 6610 phone in 1997. Since then, various versions of the arcade game have been released on Nokia-created phones, including a 3D version that was first launched for the ill-fated N-Gage gaming phone. The classic Snake game from 1997 has also been adapted many times to run on PC and modern smartphones.
The game itself is simple to play. You just control the snake to move around the screen and eat dots to make it get longer. You have to avoid hitting the walls and also keep the snake from hitting its longer and longer tail to win the game.
It looks like the version of Snake on HMD’s new Nokia 3310 will keep its 2D gameplay but will have a multi-colored art style instead of a monochrome look like the 1997 version. However, HMD has just launched a more classical version of Snake on Facebook Messenger. Just click on the gamepad icon at the bottom of the app and you should see Snake on top of the “New For You” section, so you can start playing the game and challenging your friends online right now.
If you want to wait to play Snake on the new Nokia 3310 feature phone, HMD plans to launch it globally sometime in the second quarter of 2017 for the price of €49, or about $52.