Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake Review

Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake Review

Jun 29, 2011

It’s fair to say that if some Swedish mega-genius hadn’t decided to include Snake on Nokia’s early mobile phones, we might not be in the position that we are today. That simple act turned mobile phones into more than just phones that were mobile, and paved the way for the jack-of-all-trades multimedia devices we carry around with us today.

It seems fitting then that things have come round almost full circle. Doodle Grub is an attempt to recapture the glory days of 2D mobile phone gaming, with a bit of up-to-date polish and some rather more modern ideas about control than Nokia were able to implement in their clone of a clone. The question is, is this nostalgia gone mad or a welcome blast from the past?

First things first, Doodle Grub’s main difference from the original Snake, other than the way it looks, is the way it handles. You’re not pushing buttons or sliding your thumb around on an imaginary D-pad; instead you’re moving your snake, or grub, around using the accelerometer in your phone. In other words, to make the snake go left, you tilt your phone left.

It’s a system that almost works, but it’s not quite subtle enough to deal with the quick changes in speed and direction that the game calls for. Whilst you no longer have to dodge your own tail, there are plenty of other obstacles getting between you and the tasty apples you crave, including giant bugs, and the tilt controls just aren’t good enough when you need them most. It’s a shame, because the game’s other ideas all work really well. Some of the fruit you go after is rotten, and will lose you points if you eat it, and ladybugs act as Pacman style power pills, turning you into a spiky, bug killing machine.

Doodle Bug is a nice try to do something new with an old favourite. Sadly, it doesn’t quite pull it off, but it’s still worth a look if you fancy reliving the good old days when phone games were simple and sating the hunger of a four pixel wide snake was the only thing that mattered.

Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake Review Rundown

Graphics and Sound - Decent looking, but by no means earth shatteringly good looking.
Controls - Tilt controls just don't translate to the game and leave it feeling muddy.
Gameplay - Collect fruit, dodge the rotten apples and stay away from anything that looks like it might hurt you.
Replay Value - A lot to do, but you won't much feel like doing it.
Overall - A good idea, let down by a control system that doesn't work well enough.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Harry Slater
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  • Matt Drew

    I quite like this game, even though it’s simple!

    I have been playing this game from times to times over the past 6 months, I actually find the replay value is quite good with this game. it’s a casual after all! 
    About controls, have you checked in the options? You can tweak the sensibility. I actually think it very good and much better than all the other snakes.


  • Sweetha Seshadri

    i love this game! i found it on Applorer, this amazing free app.

    it has the best games from Google Play and saves us time from looking through thousands of games. check it out!