Ssserpentine platformer Snake Pass releasssed

Most platformers take movement for granted. Sure, it might be tricky to nail precise timings and pull off complex chains but you have move buttons and jump buttons and they do your moving. That’s certainly not the case with Snake Pass [official site], which launched today. Sumo Digital’s platformer gives players a snake to wind, coil, and wrestle with to make him move and climb. Unconventional physics-driven platformers can be a bit kooky but this looks great. See:

But it’s this from Mark Brown (the chap behind the Game Maker’s Toolkit videos) that won my heart:

Splendid. The gripping, balancing, and coiling look a treat. And even moving on ground has a trick to it, taking a serpentine motion as you direct the head and lay down that sweet S to help build speed. It’s meant to be quite tricky, and I’m into that.

Snake Pass is £15.99/19,99€/$19.99 on Steam. I believe Alec might crawl on his belly to tell us Wot He Thinks later. And if you’re at Rezzed this week, you can see it in the RPS Cave of Wonders (elsewhere too, but why not the Cave of Wonders?).


  1. G-Lord says:

    Already played through the game and had an absolute blast. I was surprised how intuitive the controls felt to me, and the whole atmosphere is just pure good vibes.

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      How does the controls work?

      • ChrisGWaine says:

        You horizontally direct the head and control when the snake tries to propel its head forward. It can’t exert much force to propel its head if its body is straight, and that encourages you to move like a snake. The other main control is making it raise up its head.

        You can also make the snake grip tighter on what it’s coiled around to help with climbing, and the snake’s bird friend can hold up the end of the snake’s tail.

        It feels really nice, but it’s easy to be the snake equivalent of butterfingered if you’re not patient when orchestrating a complicated climbing maneuver and thinking through what you’re doing.

  2. Akakabuto says:

    Really nice game. It feels very good to control the snake and the atmosphere is just so chill, but there is some challenge at the same time (to get all teh collectibles). There aren’t too many child-friendly games that are actually really enjoyed by adults but this is one of them!

  3. StriderDota says:

    This game is a lovely little thing. The way they use the wonderful physics engine to slither forth with their level design ideas is amazing. Who knew poles could be such a fun game world element? Also, no baddies so far which I really like. And the thing I’ve heard mention the least is the music, which is OUTSTANDING. Seriously guys, if you like jungle themes in games you need this game in your life, every song is awesome.

    Finally and for a little self promotion this is the first game I’ll be playing through on my channel over here (link to

  4. GameCat says:

    Whoa, it’s made by Sumo Digital? Must buy.

  5. AutonomyLost says:

    Looks fun, colorful, and relaxing. Might try it out this evening.