Retro classics are called classics for a reason, and it’s undeniable that Snake falls into that category. With origins going all the way back to 1976’s two-player arcade game Blockade, Snake has become its very own genre over the years since. However, you’re likely most familiar with the dot-matrix Snake game that was on every brick phone back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
While gaming has come a long way since the early days of tiny green screens and black pixels, we all feel a little nostalgic sometimes, which is why we’ve gathered this list of titles that allow you to play Snake on mobile and Switch. From pixel-by-pixel emulations of the Snake you remember to whacky, colourful Snake-inspired adventures, you’re bound to find something to scratch that Snake itch.
If you find yourself hitting one too many walls and need to take a break, check out our guide on how to play Solitaire and how to play chess on Switch and mobile. We’ve also got a list of the best retro games on Switch and mobile for even more walks down memory lane.
Play Snake on mobile
Snake ‘97: Retro Phone Classic
If you’re really missing the good old Nokia brick days, back when a phone could fall down three flights of stairs and break the floor at the bottom instead of cracking its screen, then Snake ‘97 is the mobile game for you.
Not only does it emulate the good old green-screen classic version of the game, complete with partially peeled-off screen protector and flecks in the display, it even fills half of your screen with an emulation of the phone itself. Enjoy a real dose of nostalgia with classic maps, dot-matrix display, and monotone sounds.
Another nostalgic adventure, Snake Game takes you through multiple generations of the classic title itself, from the dot-matrix display era through to the smooth, multicoloured serpent.
Using the simple, touchscreen directional pad at the bottom, navigate your way through Classic Snake, Retro Snake, Snack on Steroids, and Snake Master, snagging boosts along the way. There’s even a snake rewind option, if you need a little extra help getting back into the slither of things.
If you’re looking for something a bit different to scratch that classic Snake itch, Blocky Snake might just be the game for you. This title follows the tried and tested formula – you’re a snake, you collect food, but for some reason bumping into walls or your own tail leads to fatal consequences.
However, this time it’s isometric, with 3D, blocky snakes slithering around a cube-based world. You can even unlock skins and unique items, and challenge your friends in multiplayer modes.
Play Snake on Switch
Snake vs Snake
For a classic Snake experience on Switch, Snake vs Snake is a great choice. It’s cheap and cheerful, and features an endearingly simple, almost paper-craft art style. Describing itself as ‘inspired by old classical Snake but with a much faster arcade pace’, Snake vs Snake features multiple maps and challenges, and even supports up to six players in the mad-cap battle mode.
Classic Snake Adventures
Classic Snake Adventures is a reboot to the original from ‘97, featuring charming, hand-drawn 2D art as a backdrop to your 3D snake shenanigans. With 100 rounds set across five unique worlds, along with 20 beastly bosses to battle, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Plus, your snake has a whole heap of new abilities, allowing you to change its size, speed, and more mid-game.
The Snake King
In this top-down puzzler, the Snake series is given a fresh twist, as the classic snake himself has returned to claim the crown. The Snake King sees you take control of a 3D snake in an adorably stylistic world. Make your way through five worlds consisting of over 150 specially designed dungeons and procedurally generated arcade levels, as you snag magical power ups and conquer all to achieve glory.
That’s all our recommendations on how to play Snake on mobile and Switch. If you need some help with your more modern phone, check out our guide on how to turn off Siri.