It's embarrassing how much I suck at playing 'Snake' on the new Nokia 3310


Playing 'Snake" on the new Nokia 3310.
Playing ‘Snake” on the new Nokia 3310.

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Before there was Candy Crush or Pokémon Go, there was only one game everyone played on their cellphones: Snake.

The game’s concept is simple: Maneuver a snake around the screen as it grows longer and longer and try to avoid eating its tail. 

Having not played the game in over 10 years, I had to try it on the new Nokia 3310 at Mobile World Congress 2017 and see if I still had any of my skills.

At the Nokia booth, Mashable Senior Editor Stan Schroeder and I decided to have a friendly Snake-off battle.

Who emerged victorious? Had years of playing touchscreen games hindered our feeble hand-eye-number-pad coordination skills?

Take a look at our pathetic attempts to relive the good ol’ days. (Editor’s note: Watch with sound.)

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Stan won the Snake-off, but I have a few initial thoughts I want to share about using the Nokia 3310:

  • This thing is SO nice for a dumbphone.

  • It’s super weird to use the directional pad after years of using a touchscreen.

  • Playing a game with the number pad is equally as strange. How the hell did we do this in the early aughts?

  • The buttons at least feel good.

  • I kept trying to tap and swipe the color screen.

  • Playing Snake on a vertical screen instead of a horizontal one threw me off.

  • The graphics are also too damn sharp for Snake. Classic Snake FTW.

  • It’s going to take a lot of practice before I can master Snake again.

  • I’m totally buying one when it comes out.



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