This free snake game is great for improving concentration.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
Lead your snake to the food pellets, but don't hit the obstacles! Keep your wits about you, because random "mystery pellets" shake things up every few minutes.
If you like this game, you might also enjoy the Classic Snake game.
This snake game has multiple levels. See how many you can complete before running out of lives. Games like this improve brain skills like concentration and reaction time.
HOW TO PLAY. Your snake is hungry! The object of this free snake game is to complete each level by picking up the required number of food pellets.
Food pellets are orange, circular shapes with a star in the middle. You must dodge all obstacles while doing so, or you'll lose a life.
The "snake" is actually a line of dots. When you first start playing, your snake is short, only five dots in length.
But as you collect food pellets, the snake grows longer, making it more difficult to steer.
Use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys to drive your snake. Simply point your snake toward the orange food pellets as they appear.
You need to drive your snake directly over the pellet to pick it up. The snake cannot stop moving.
The food pellets appear randomly on the screen. That means you'll need to point your snake this way and that, all the while avoiding water hazards, bushes, etc. You also cannot touch the edge of the screen, or your own tail!
As I found out, preventing the snake from touching his own tail actually does become a challenge. That's because the snake grows one circle longer each time he eats a food pellet.
As long as the snake is traveling in a relatively straight line, it's not an issue. But as soon as you need to make a tight turn, watch out for that tail.
HELPFUL DISPLAYS. There are a few sections of the free snake game screen that you should pay attention to. The most important is the round compass, located in the upper left corner.
In the center of the compass is an arrow that points toward the next pellet that your snake needs to retrieve. By noting the direction the compass is pointing, you'll know which way to go even if the pellet is not currently visible on the screen.
At the bottom of the screen is the stats bar. The Lives box shows how many lives you have remaining. The Score box shows your score.
The Hunger box displays the remaining number of food pellets on that level. Don't get distracted by how many pellets are left. Just pay attention to driving the snake around the obstacles and picking up pellets.
MYSTERY PELLETS. Every once in awhile in this free snake game a mystery pellet appears instead of the regular food pellet. The mystery pellet is a blue circle with a question mark inside.
Eating a mystery pellet (which you are required to do) can cause a good or bad effect:
Gold Coins - gives you extra points. That's never a bad thing.
Snail - causes your snake to travel more slowly. Usually not a problem.
Bombarding - causes an earthquake which shakes the screen.
Clouds - storm clouds to pass over the screen, obstructing your view.
Reverse - your snake suddenly reverses direction, which can be confusing to say the least.
Rocket - your snake moves a lot faster. This can catch you off guard, causing your snake to run into an obstacle if you're not careful.
Wind sock - a heavy wind to blows your snake to the left or the right. You'll need to compensate by turning your snake against the wind or risk being blown into an obstacle.
With some of these mystery effects, there is a three-second delay before the effect occurs. Keep an eye on the mystery effect display in the upper right corner of the screen to monitor this.
If you need to take a break but don't want to lose your progress, press the 'P' key to pause the game. Pressing the ESC key takes you back to the Main Menu.
OPTIONS. If necessary, you can make adjustments to the video, sound, and music settings in this free snake game. To change these settings, click the Options button on the Main Menu screen.
If the game is running slow on your computer, try changing the video option. The game is set to "high quality" by default, but you can lower it to medium or low quality. This should help the snake game run faster.
Using the Sound & Music section of this snake game's Options screen, you can turn off the background music and sound effects, if you prefer.
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