Single-player Option

“Wait a minute,” you say. “Surely that has to be a mistake. Isn’t the whole point of that it features multiplayer snake action?”

Indeed it is, and while not ever having met the insanely popular game’s creator Steve Howse personally, I’d expect he knows enough to not mess up the good thing he’s got going. However, there’s also something to be said for making a mobile game accessible to the widest possible audience, which is what the latest update to has done.


Next time you log in for a game, you’ll notice there’s a new option on the title screen. You can’t miss it, as it’s the button that says ‘Play Against A.I.’ and promises faster gameplay.

It is not, as I discovered to my dismay, an invitation to play against former NBA star Allen Iverson on a private server, but an opportunity to turn into a single-player affair where the other snakes are controlled by bots. This somewhat defeats the purpose of going for the bragging rights of having the longest snake around at the end of the day, but let’s face it, very few of us have earned that honor anyway.

What this option definitely does is to open up the phenomenon to people who are too timid to jump into a PvP game of any kind without some practice first. That’s just good business, especially for a game as otherwise inviting to gamers of all types as this one.

The A.I. doesn’t seem to be quite as clever as most humans, which is undoubtedly part of the point. There’s still a leaderboard even though you aren’t competing against other people directly, and the nicknames of the A.I. snakes appear to have been taken from other real world accounts, unless Howse decided to drop in a snake named ‘YOU’RE GONNA DIE’ just for giggles.

The other update to hit the iOS version gives players the option of choosing between three different control schemes: Arrow mode, which follows truth in naming by putting an arrow out in front of your snake to indicate its current heading; Classic mode, which you’ve been playing the whole time; and Joystick mode, which introduces the scourge of many a mobile game, the virtual thumbstick.

Reaction to the new control schemes among the App Store reviewers has been mixed, to put it politely, but I actually found the Arrow mode to be my new favorite. Your mileage may vary.

What features or gameplay additions would you like to see in the next update? Let us know in the comments section below!




  1. That its for android, no for computer, are you kidding to me? -.-

  2. Ya I was wondering because when I X out and go to my home screen and her back on like 30 secs l8r I’m still on the game! But it is cool that it does that cause if u have to do something just X out and get back on.?
    But I just gotta say all those people who are complaining just “play online” it’s the exact same thing but your just playing against real people.

  3. Cole A. Orr Reply

    Hi, my nickname is dragon i am very experienced, but the three thing that kills me are LAG, bots popping up out of nowhere when I’m huge, and at the very beginning when I spawn or just one minute after spawn I get killed.
    I would like lag to be fixed, bots to work and not just go in a strait line forever, and a protector put on newly spawn that either makes them like ghosts untouchable so the person who spawns does not die and the person trying kill them don’t die.

    please consider the spawn protection and make these minor repairs it would be highly appreciated not just by me but everyone else who plays could understand where I come from.

  4. i have the app it is soooo good highly recommend it all those people wondering arggh do i download or dont i the answer is DOWNLOAD it it is so good on the A.I version i got 80000 score it was encredible so yes download it is free and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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