Sumo Digital just updated its serpentine physics platformer Snake Pass, adding a free new Arcade Mode, and remedying the game's controversial home screen icon on Switch.
Arcade Mode is out now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch, and can be played on all 15 of Snake Pass' existing levels once they're unlocked in the main story campaign. It's the second bonus mode to be included in Snake Pass, following on from Time Trial Mode, and tasks players with racing around a stage and gathering up fruit.
The more fruit you eat before the timer runs out, the higher your score multiplayer will climb and, thus, the higher your score on reaching the end-gate. Scores are uploaded to Snake Pass' online leaderboard, should you fancy attempting to best your friends and total strangers.
On the off-chance that you haven't heard of David Wise, you've almost certainly heard his music. As a third of Rare's trio of ground-breaking composers, he was responsible for the tunes behind Battletoads, Wizards & Warriors, the RC Pro-Am series and countless licensed titles for the NES and Game Boy - plus, of course, the ever-popular earworms that form the Donkey Kong Country soundtracks.
Sumo Digital has been producing great games for a while now but with its latest creation, the British studio has finally taken the chance to build an entirely original game. Snake Pass offers a unique blend of physics-based slithering, pseudo platforming action and puzzle-solving held together with a colourful presentation and a killer David Wise soundtrack. It's great stuff - but from a Digital Foundry perspective it offers us a chance to see a fully-fledged Unreal Engine 4 title deployed on Nintendo Switch, alongside PS4, Pro and Xbox One editions.
Here's an adage as dog-eared and cheerily British as its subject; you wait ages for a classic platformer in the style of Rare's N64 classics and then two come along in quick succession. We're weeks away from the release of Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic's vibrant throwback to the Banjo-Kazooie series, but before then we have Snake Pass. It's similarly in thrall to a sugar-sweet flavour of game once popular at the turn of the century, full of colour and a disarming charm.
Publisher: Sumo Digital
Retro arcade collectathon Snake Pass is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC on 29th March in Europe (and 28th March in North America).
Developed by Sumo Digital, the studio behind such hits as Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed and LittleBigPlanet 3, Snake Pass looks like the game the N64 wishes it had. Navigating a bright 3D jungle, players control Noodle the Snake as they slither around various moving obstacles in an effort to snag all the shiny things. You'll occasionally get to control Doodle the Hummingbird too.
"Snake Pass is a real passion project for the team. It's been so fun creating our own characters, visual style and establishing our own voice as IP creators," said game creator Seb Liese. "Our mission with Snake Pass, was to make the simple act of controlling Noodle the Snake as fun as possible. Once players start to 'think like a snake', they will be amazed at the incredible feats of acrobatics they are capable of."
Sumo Digital, the veteran developer behind the console ports of OutRun 2 as well as the Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed series, is bringing its first independent game to Nintendo's Switch.