Snake VS. Colors - 4 games to play next
At the time of writing, Snake VS. Colors is sitting pretty atop the US App Store free game chart. It's number two here in the UK.
We've been checking out these break-out casual hits of late in attempt to see what makes them so popular. Typically, our answer is: "Some kind of dark social media magic".
Snake VS. Colors is actually quite fun, though, in its own limited way. It's a swipey endless runner with a retro aesthetic and a colour-swap mechanic.
Here are a bunch of games that we reckon you should be playing once you tire of Snake VS. Colors. Or, if it comes down to it, instead of that game.
Snake VS. Colours has a very responsive control system that has your snake directly following the position of your finger.
It puts us in mind of the control system for another endless runner in Alone. Here, as with Snake VS. Colors, you're dragging your finger to dodge incoming objects and to scoot through perilous ravines.
What makes Alone flat out better, though, is its production values. It's stark aesthetic and crashing space shuttle premise are enough to give you heart palpitations.
There's something very old school and maze-runny about Snake VS. Colors. It's something about the garish primary colours layered over a black background, and all those coloured dots.
It's not too much of a leap to find yourself in the superior world of Pac-Man 256 - a version of the classic dot-muncher that has you gobbling your way through an endless maze.
There's a surprising amount of strategy here in the form of learning ghost movement patterns and the wonder of multipliers. As a result, it's got a longer tail than a digital snake.
Glitch Dash almost looks and feels like a first person take on Snake VS. Colors.
You're still running through a tight, constricted maze filled with coloured blocks and dots. But here it's all rendered in glorious 3D, and you have to worry about jumping as well as dodging.
Glitch Dash plays quite differently to Snake VS. Colors, but it's similarly focused and way more polished.
You want another tough runner with a colour-switching mechanic mixed in? Then we'd suggest hopping over to Chameleon Run next.
It's a side-on autorunning platformer like Canabalt and Super Mario Run, but with an extra fiendish twist. Tapping on the left of the screen changes your colour. If you then land on the wrong colour of platform, it's game over.
What really sets Chameleon Run apart, again, is its slick production values. This thing looks and runs beautifully.