The 90's nostalgia bubble is actually producing something useful – the return of Snake, the classic game made popular on some of Nokia's earliest popular cellphones.
The Verge reported today that the mobile game's original creator, former Nokia design engineer Taneli Armanto, has partnered with Finnish video game studio Rumilus Design for Snake Rewind, which will feature updated graphics and gameplay, including a new feature that seems like heresy – "the ability to rewind if you crash your snake," according to the report. Where I come from, if you crash the Snake, you're out.
It may seem strange to update the graphics on such a classically low-tech game, especially considering how successful the aggressively archaic Flappy Bird was when it launched in 2013. However, the creators did include one level that is designed to look and feel like the original Snake, according to the report.
The app will be free and will offer in-app purchases, as most mobile games do these days, and will be released for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone on May 14th.
You can see a video of the app's new designs here:
This is the first new version of Snake for a cellphone since 2005, when the 3D version Snake III was released on several Nokia phones. You might also be interested to learn that curators at the Museum of Modern Art announced in 2012 that they would like to add Snake to its collection in the future. Who knew the Snake Wikipedia page would be such an interesting read?