Save the Snail, by Alda Games, is a cool puzzle game in which the goal is to save the snail/snails from several environmental threats. They asked us to take it for a test drive, and so we did, read on to see what we thought of this little puzzle game.
The goal is to save the snail, or snails depending on the level, from environmental threats, which can be falling rocks, rays of sun, and even other threats such as bombs, hammers with nails at each end and even elevating platforms with nails on the bottom.
In order to do so, you need to think carefully about how to use the items that are provided to you at the start of the level. Regular items such as pencils, coins, buttons and even crackers will help you to protect the snail/snails or guide them to safety.
All you need to do is choose the place where you want to drop the items and wait for the final result. Be aware that there is a certain amount of time that will grant you bonus points, and at a certain point the sun or rocks will fall even if you haven’t dropped the items.
There is nothing to say about controls, since they are as easy and intuitive as they could be, you only need to drag your finger across the screen to choose where you want to drop the item and that’s about it. This is great if you want little children to play the game.
When it comes to sound, there are very few effects while you’re playing, but those that exist are enough to entertain you during gameplay. Maybe a background tune would also be enjoyable, but I liked it as it is nonetheless.
As this is a puzzle game, no one was expecting 3D graphics, and I was pleased Alda Games didn’t think of that either, and decided to take the simple 2D cartoony approach. The simple graphics are pleasant and make playing the game very enjoyable as well as funny.
This worried me a little bit, since 24 levels isn’t that much when you think about it, and you will soon end the game since the first 18 levels were pretty easy, at least for me, as an average puzzle game player.
Sure there are 3 difficulty levels, but I would have enjoyed more levels as well as the capability of unlocking more than one level at a time, so you could never get blocked in a single level, as is usual in Angry birds for example.
That or a hint system that would actually be helpful, has I hit the help button in order to get some enlightenment about the level I was playing, as the help that was displayed had nothing to do with the current level.
Overall I enjoyed playing Save the Snail, it is a very entertaining game that will allow you to distract yourself for several hours/days depending on you puzzle solving skills.
The game is very self-explanatory, the puzzles start of easy and sooner than what you would expect you will find yourself working hard to solve the puzzles. Very nice free game that is definitely worth a try if you like games like Angry birds and so forth.
One thing that thoroughly annoyed me, and that you will be able to see in the video review, is that I simply could not exit the game without pushing the home button and then going to the application manager to close the game.
First I thought this was a bug related to the device I was playing in, but I tested it in a LG Optimus G, a Samsung Galaxy Note II and an Asus Transformer TF300T, and all had the same bug. So Alda Games, please fix this bug in the next release, as I am sure that many have uninstalled the game due to this bug.
Review by: Cátia Sofia @ Android Emotions