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PAX East 2017: Snake Pass

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PAX East 2017: Snake Pass

If you’re in the market for a good ol Pick-Up-and-Play title, then Sumo Digital has a nice casual title for you. Sumo Digital, the studio behind Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed, LittleBigPlanet 3 and the upcoming Crackdown 3, brings you Snake Pass, a retro-style platformer based around the physics of a snake’s movements. Snake Pass brings you a colorful and cartoonish art style reminiscent of the earlier Rare titles like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. Let’s take a look at this new title set to hit Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and the PC in the US on March 28th.

You play as Noodle the Snake and Doodle the Hummingbird as you traverse a 3D world collecting collectables and progressing through the stages. Great care was put into Noodle’s snake physics and behavior in Snake Pass, as you utilize the natural movements and abilities of an actual snake to move through the world. Side to side movements push you forward faster. Stretch upward against the base of Noodle’s body to climb walls and other obstacles.

Tighten Noodle’s muscles to grab and hold onto objects that he is wrapped around, which is useful for traversing swinging objects or other moving puzzles. And of course, lighten your load by having Doodle hold up your tail for times when you need to be ginger or light. Here’s a tutorial created by the game’s designers…

From what we saw at PAX, Snake Pass is bound to impress fans of puzzle-platformers, having that easy-to-learn but hard-to-master feel. Best yet, it’s practically hitting every current gen platform. Outside of Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, Snake Pass will also be available for play on the PlayStation 4 Pro and 4K TVs. PS4 Pro and HD TV owners will get to play Snake Pass with High Dynamic Range and an even higher frame rate. Snake Pass will be playable on the Nintendo Switch in TV mode, Handheld mode and Tabletop mode. And last but not least, Snake Pass will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, granting playability on both PC and the Xbox One with just a single purchase.

Snake Pass hits the US in all of the above platforms on March 28th and hits Europe on March 29th. If you feel like finding out more about Snake Pass, do check out their website for yourself here!