Constrictor (Xbox 360 Community Games)
Released: December 29, 2008
MSRP: 400 Microsoft Points
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So, as we've already established, Constrictor is a videogame based on Snake, the famous mobile phone game that nearly all of you have played before. The concept is very simple. You guide a snake around a map so it can eat dots, making sure not to smash into your own ever-lengthening body. Incredibly simple stuff.
Where Constrictor ups the stakes is in its aesthetic. While nearly all versions of Snake choose to represent the titular serpent as little more than an angling line, the snakes of Constrictor actually look like, of all things, snakes. Instead of harsh turning angles, these snakes snake around when snaking on the snake board in a snakelike manner.
The board is viewed from a slanted perspective, helping to further distance the game from fellow clones, and the graphics are rather funky and give something of a Geometry Wars vibe. As far as these types of titles go, Constrictor is definitely one of the best looking.
Gameplay differences are a little less striking, but Constrictor does offer a number of power ups to keep things interesting. Certain colored targets can bestow new powers upon your snake, such as invincibility, increased speed, or significant growth/shrinkage. Constrictor also allows for up to four local players, and they share the board at once, which adds extra danger to those who aren't fans of smashing into things and exploding.
It possesses a distinct visual charm, and the extra additions make it stand above other Snake clones, but it is just Snake at heart, and a game that you really don't even have to buy to get the full enjoyment of. While definitely worth a little download for fans of such games, you'll be hard pressed to justify a purchase. It's a decent little title, but definitely no keeper.
Score: 6.0 -- Alright (6s may be slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.)
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