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03-23-2017

Snake Pass

It took me a few minutes to wrap my head around Snake Pass. The 3D platformer seems to have all the trappings of a golden era Rare joint. From enchanting environments, right down to a duo of goofy-looking animal heroes, almost every part of Sumo Digital's upcoming game is reminiscent of a genre that's not only admired, but also poised to make a big comeback in 2017.

But Snake Pass' defining feature isn't just that it looks like a modern-day Nintendo 64 platformer. Instead, it's the lack of a proper jump button that makes it stand out. By leaning into the game's serpentine inspiration, Sumo Digital has created a platformer that excels by mechanical subtraction, not by relying on genre familiarity and nostalgia.

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