Snails, by PDA
Reviewed April 2002
If you think that you've never played a
game like this, you are not alone. Snails, developed by Syntact
team led by Peter Balogh, takes the action-strategy game
genre to another level.
It's a wacky and funny story. Deep in Space,
there lies the ancient planet of Schnoogie where three races
of Snails live. The Moogums, the Lupeez and the Nooginz are
not peaceful tribes. They thrive on battling for world domination.
After you learn the story of Schnoogie, you'll be only glad
that your neighborhood snails only eat your plants!
It's a wacky and fun game play. The graphics
and animation will make you forget about your Saturday morning
Cartoons. The whole game feels like a Cartoon movie and you
will find yourself wondering who designed the set. The jewel
of the graphics in this game is the special effects. The
explosions on the building structures, the smoke coming out
of a heated battle, and the different death scenes will just
blow you out of the water. The sound effects and music are
special in this game as well. The sound effects have sound
studio special edition quality. The wacky and funny dialogue
will make you laugh out loud. (Check out some of the dialogue here.)
The controls are smooth and intuitive which makes the wacky
play possible. It took me a while to go through all the weapons
and see what they do and how I could control them. I did
manage to blow myself up a couple of times in the process
when I threw the dynamite too close and launched the tear
gas straight up and had it fall on my face. But once you
get the hang of shooting your Machine Guns, Mortar Rockets,
Chain guns, Bazookas, Pineapples, and fleas, you are well
on your way to win over the world. If you join the free Snailsgame.com
community, you might even get more weapons!
It's either a deathmatch or a block party.
You can start the game in 3 modes. The Missions Mode will
take you through the story of what you are supposed to do
to help your race to be the dominant race by fighting your
way through and killing every snail from other tribes. The
game difficulty gets harder with each level. The Deathmatch
Mode is like the Ultimate Tournament type of play where you
pick number of members per team, how much money you need
and what kind of weapons you'd like to have. Then you fight
to the death. Hopefully your opponents die first. The 2 Player
Mode is similar to the Deathmatch except now you can play
against a friend. If you get a few Pocket PC together, you
can just have a Snails party!
It's easy to pick up and hard to put down.
You can play Snails weather you are a casual gamer or game
master. The realistic graphics and creative game design will
attract gamers of all levels. Once you get your hands on
the Bazooka gun, you won't be able to put it down. If you
play all three modes, you will improve your skills and strategies.
It's for adults, not for children! The
graphics and animation may look innocent and cute, but the
dialogue has some adult humor, and the one-on-one shooting
and blowing each other up is not suited for young kids.
Playing Hints and Tips
Check out all the weapons; see what
they do and how to control them. Don't bunch up your snails,
and hide in places a rocket or dynamite can't easily hit
you after you've played your turn.