- Snood (video game)
David M. Dobson Gravity-i(GBA) Cybiko Wireless(Mobile)
Word of Mouse Games Destination Software(GBA) THQ(Mobile)
version= 3.5 (Windows), 1.3 (Pocket PC), 2.0 (Palm OS 4+) 1.1 (Palm OS, Visor)
released= collapsible list|title=
1996|Game Boy Advance
vgrelease|NA=September 28, 2001|PAL=November 30, 2001
"Snood" is a
puzzle video gamecreated in 1996 by David M. Dobson. Today, versions exist for Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS, and other systems, including the TI-83 and TI-84 calculators. It is also a downloadable cell phone game to customers of all UK service providers and customers of US service providers; Verizon, Virgin Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Nextel. Snood is a clone of the arcade game, Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move. To quote the instructions, "Snood" is a puzzle game which emphasizes thought rather than reflexes."
The pieces in the game are called "Snoods". Each turn, the player launches a "Snood" of randomly-selected color into the play field. If the "Snood" lands adjacent to two or more "Snoods" of the same color, all connecting "Snoods" of that color vanish and any pieces left unattached beneath the vanished "Snoods" drop down. The player's score increases with the number of "Snoods" eliminated. With each "Snood" launched, a "danger meter" increases and when it reaches the top, all the "Snoods" in play lower a level. If the "Snoods" drop past the lowest level of the playing field, the game is over. Releasing "Snoods" reduces the "Danger Meter."
There are several different types of "Snoods". One type deserves special mention:"Numbskull", which, appropriately enough, is shaped like a human
skull. This "Snood" is of cardinal importance for two reasons. First, it is the one type that is never launched into play. Therefore, if "Numbskulls" are found at the start of a level, theywill have to be isolated and dropped by the player. Second, if the player loses the game, all the "Snoods" will turn into "Numbskulls", serving as a visual game overmessage.
The game is extremely simple, but many players also find it to be frustratingly hard at times. Unlike Bust a Move, there is no conventional time limit in Snood; however, players must eliminate snoods efficiently enough to prevent the gradually descending ceiling from crushing them. Many levels also require Snoods to be ricocheted off of walls in order to get them in the appropriate spot, which can be tricky. Snood requires considerable hand-eye coordination and
"Snood" is considered to be a difficult game that requires a lot of skill, many of its fans find it highly addictive and competitive.
The different levels of "snood" are;
Child, (the easiest level, on which the player is allowed to use an aimer),Easy,Medium,Hard,Evil, (the hardest level of the lot),Puzzle, (a different way of playing, instead of finishing when you complete a level you go on to another one which are designed to be challenging) and Journey, (start at child and when completed continue on to easy until you make it to evil which is repeated until you lose).
"Snood" was modified in version 3.0, to include an "
Armageddon" level which adds the element of time to the puzzle. This newest level has added a higher level of difficulty to the game.
Version 4.0 for Windows and Macintosh, in beta release as of September 2007, includes a worldwide daily scoring competition (the Game of the Day) hosted at snood.net in addition to other new features.
Jupiter Media Metrixdid a study in 2001 to find the most played games and "Snood" placed ninth with 1.5 million unique users. This is most notable because most of the games on the list were those that came with various versions of Windows (such as the top ranked game, Solitaire, with 46.7 million users).
A was released on the
Nintendo DSand Game Boy Advancein late 2005.
Other games that use the Snood characters include What's New, Snood Slide, and
* [http://www.womgames.com/ Official site]
* [http://snood.pair.com/scorebot.html World High Score List]
* [http://www.thezooshop.com/product-item.php?id=110 Snood 2 on Vacation Game Boy Advance game]
* [http://www.thezooshop.com/product-item.php?id=78 Snood 2 on Vacation Nintendo DS game]
* [http://myoldmac.net/software/upload/details.php?file=244 Snood 2 for the classic 68k Macintosh]
* [http://www.utipu.com/app/tip/id/412 Example of a game being played with explanation. Turn on your audio speakers.]
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