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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, fan of retro games, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EACH of the video games in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, and are not meant to be definitive, in depth reviews; this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey itself. From Mario games to the Halo series, from arcade games to Commodore 64, PC games to the NES and Sega Genesis, Playstation to the Xbox, let's play those classic retro games that we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Mega Drive
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll is a game about a disembodied snake head that roams around eating balls, using said balls to grow a long tail and ultimately ring a bell, so he can proceed to the next level. Along the way you'll need to use your only attack, your tongue, to lick boots and bombs and defeat your enemies. If this all sounds weird it's because it is, and hey, that's OK.
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll is a classic game in the truest sense of the word. Like many NES games of the day, it was a platformer at heart. Unlike most NES game however, it was an isometric platformer. This wasn't the first isometric game out there but it definitely was one of the earliest games of its kind and that made it pretty unique for the NES.
Now the isometric angle of Snake Rattle 'n' Roll has pros and cons. The pros are that the game ultimtely had a more complex and free roaming environment than most other platformers. And the faux-3D effects made the game feel quite advanced. The down side is that Snake Rattle 'n' Roll sometimes requires precise platforming jumps, and it can be hard to judge your position and/or control your jumps properly along both X and Y axes.
In the end though, this is a classic game. I had never played this one before now and I had a decent amount of fun, and I could see why people enjoyed it when I was growing up. That said, by today's standards its a fairly simple affair, and if you can't get used to the isometric jumping, it may be a little frustrating. I think this is a solid retro game that will appeal to people looking for an old school platformer.
➙ Must You Play It?
A solid retro platformer with an isometric twist. Though the isometric angle was a bit ahead of its time and offers a unique change compared to 2D platformers, it can occasionally be difficult to judge your position or make precise jumps. Still, Snake Rattle 'n' Roll is a fun game and will appeal to those gamers looking for some old school platforming fun on the NES.