Reviews

Snakeybus

“Snakeybus is an absurd arcade-driving game and frantic score-chasing experience where the biggest danger is yourself! Wind through city streets, pick up as many passengers as you can and deliver them to their destination to increase your score AND the length of your bus!” This Unity game was first released for PC via Steam on the 10th of May last year, and was brought to consoles on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, respectively.

The game is very well described with the quote from a press release, and that is what you do in it. You control an ever-expanding bus, you pick up passengers at bus stations, and drive them to their select destinations. With every delivery your bus will get longer, and you will have to avoid hitting it or come to a complete halt. You need to always move your bus, so you do not fail a session and have to start over, since you have less than a second to start moving it again.

You accumulate points you receive from successfully delivering the passengers, and by achieving point totals, you will unlock different vehicles and maps, that are not available from the game’s very beginning. You start with your basic Transit bus, but you can unlock five more vehicles – the School bus, a Party bus, Clustertruck, a Dragon (literally a dragon) and a Double Decker. j̶̡̈́̓h̶̢͔͖͆̔̅P̷̥̃͝͝͠J̵̟̰̊h̵̖̻̫̃̏)̴̪͉̈̐̏c̴̺̞̑̈́͆̽w̷͇͑̅̈́͊1̵̻͖̇̈̽E̸͚͌́͌̓6̷̜̬͓́̐7̷̡̼̰̌̓̆w̵̘̭͍͑̃̇̈́ͅ/̸̗̭̃͌̈́͜(̸̗͊̑̀͘0̷͓̝̼͈̑̈͝Z̵͈͗̈́̉͠3̵͚̼̆̕?̸̨̭̈̒ḛ̴̛̾Ï̷̖̫̭͜v̴̭̱͉̬͒̇E̶̫̗̭͗=̵̜̫̐̿̂͝6̶̥̀#̵̧̮͎̂r̵̫̈́͑̋̋q̴̨͓͖̓̀8̶̟̘̖̝̀́̈̏l̴̖͚̪͊͝D̸̟̋g̶̳̽̋̿͘m̸̺̙̀s̶̺͙̙̺̀g̷̪͉͍̠̈́$̷͙̗̬̪͋5̴̬͔͂̋̓̃͜J̴̘͖̩̎͌͘͠V̴̧́̈s̷̫̮̳̓͌?̶̥̫͔̝̾͘Ó̵̧̹̌͜͝x̴̛̳̖̖̍̈́̓͜Ŕ̸̗̍x̵̤̟̑̀̔̎͜͜R̶̢̲̈̄̓͘Ö̸̧̥̩́̓̃%̶̰͂̈w̴̖̰͐h̸̩̱̺̖̊̽ There are 11 maps in total, those being a dorm room, Seattle, Museum, Suburb, and unlockable maps Ring, Paris, Intersect, Miami, and a few more. Snakeybus offers four different modes – the Classic mode, and three modes to test your skills, those being Time Race, Endless and Aerial. Mind that you cannot play all game modes on different tracks, as they were most likely made with a game mode in mind.

Snakeybus’ gameplay is pretty straight forward, like you were playing a game of Snake on your old Nokia 3310 mobile phone. You need to constantly move, otherwise it will be game over, so you need to plan your driving routes to not get stuck by a track’s object or hit your bus. b̸̖͐̓̈́$̶̤͔̌)̵̗́̎͛̔D̷͍̔̈́̊͜D̶̝̤̾̔͑͐Z̴̨̼̿͘͜#̶̳͖͎̋̕6̶̝̉̇͛ư̵͎̓͋̔W̴̨̥̗͙̾̀̒̊ŕ̶̢̟̈́͘Q̸̳͚̈́́́*̵͔̩͑̀Q̵͔̟͑̈́͛̿F̴̛͕̖̯̃ā̶̡̓̌͝&̶͍͑̍̈́͐t̴̗̋̕n̶̻̝̼͛͘S̴̢̙̚͠Z̴̙̃͑d̵̬́m̴̼̘͓̋̾ͅĆ̴̢̤̼̻͂͝͠%̸͉̳̔l̸̖͓̙͆̇s̶͖̼̤̊̉̾0̴̧̝̝͋̑̋G̶̲͔̯̃q̵̘̾̉̈́̈́8̷̙͎̥̦̑̈͒g̶̛͇̭̱̀̔͝W̸͔̐ǹ̸̹̼h̴̨̘̞͙̉̍̾̆2̴͎̥̠̞̂͝ķ̷̽P̷̖̌̊p̶͇̪͂̒¨̵͉̘͌̚M̴͕͓͖͒́͜A̵̛͕͒́$̵̨̙͒͋͝ͅV̵̼͇̘̗̓̈5̶͎͈̹͍̏̀͒Y̵̝̘̮̪̆$̶͓̠͖̩͛̍̾̈́Q̷̺̼̭̭̋͘ḭ̸̜͌̈́̚%̵̢̩͇̤͂̓͆ The game is easy to play, but hard to master, so there will be a lot of trial and error before you will become a solid Snakeybus driver. The mechanics in the game are boosts, jumps, and steering, and you will need to master all of those to successfully master the routes you will encounter on your serpentine voyage.

The game is a fun time waster, with the “just one more run” mentality, that will reward you after you will learn from your mistakes. You will definitely need many runs before you will get used to not trap yourself, but it is oh so rewarding when you make a successful delivery. It is a fast game with a lot of split-second decisions to make while you are constantly on the move. You need to try it if you are into challenging goofy arcade driving games.