Alda Games, a relatively new entrant in the mobile gaming scene have debuted their first puzzle game on the Android and iOS platform called Save the Snail. These highly ambitious and talented developers from the Czech Republic only came together in March 2013, but have quickly put their skills to good use with their first ambitious project, Save the Snail.
Save the Snail: Android Review
In Save the Snail, players are required to protect snails that are lying around the countryside from the scorching sun, falling rocks and other dangers. Players will have to maneuver objects placed in the environment to ensure that the snails are placed under the safety of the objects.
For instance, you are given either a matchbox, a button, or a pencil, and you are required to drop these items over certain spaces in the environment to move the snail to an area of safety, or to provide a certain barrier over the snails to prevent being hit by the rocks and the hot sunshine.
Save the Snail features 24 levels and the difficulty mode increases from easy and medium to hard as the game progresses. The graphics in the game are hand drawn, and the beautiful and pleasant environments make for a perfect setting for this brilliant puzzle game.
Save the Snail doesn’t have any flashy animation effects, or fancy background music, but its got great puzzle solving challenges that makes it a great game to play any time of day. You don’t always instantly arrive at the answers and sometimes it takes a few trials to get the job done.
The game controls are easy and mostly involve drag and drop actions. A faint dotted trajectory path helps you adjust the angles at which you drop the different types of objects that are given to you. There are some nice effects when you set off bombs to move objects or when you fail at your saving attempts.
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You have about 10 seconds to finish off a game and grab three stars, but the challenges are such that you may find yourself making several attempts to succeed. Your success depends upon your timing and maybe a little bit of luck too!
Overall, Save the Snail is a simple, yet challenging game that’s great to pick up and play any time. It could do with a little more screen tips to help out players like me who was stuck at game 11 for quite a long time. For instance, there could probably be some incentives such as picking a minimum number of total stars to view one solution or a time recharge to discover a hint. I still enjoyed playing the game and hope that the game will bring more beautiful environments and fresh challenges in future versions.
Being their very first venture in the mobile gaming space, we can only say that Alda Games have done a commendable job. And I do look forward to seeing more of their games ( World of Cheese) in the coming days.
Save the Snail is now available on the Play Store and on the App Store for the price of free. It does feature ads but that does not appear on the playing screen and therefore does not obstruct play. For players who prefer a localized version, there’s support for English, Czech, German, Russian, French, Spanish and traditional and simplified Chinese too.
Download the game now and tell us or the boys what you think of their maiden venture.