It's better to OmNomNom on an empty stomach.
Years ago, before phones came with fancy graphics and blast processing, there was Snake, a simple but addictive video game where you guide a reptile around a playfield gobbling food without touching the edges of the screen or its ever growing tail. Not exactly the best of games, but a fun way to pass the time on Saturday nights when we were drunk and everything was hilarious. Now it comes to iPhone as OmNomNom, which is the cutest video game title ever. Seriously, every time we hear or see the word OmNomNom, we can't stop from going awwwwwwww and squeezing the nearest animal.
After getting over the name, you'll find that it's just Snake with three difficulty levels, a touch screen d-pad that lets you move up, down, left and right (and works beautifully), a Progressive Mode that scales in difficulty and a cracked out Landscape Mode we can't get the hang of. In this mode, you only have the left and right buttons, and must figure out how to move up and down. Gamers looking to spend some time may get the hang of it, but we're much too busy to even grasp the concept. Stick with the traditional way.
For ambiance, developer Phase2 Media designed the game to have a retro feel, so you'll see a pale screen and an archaic snake (or wiener, depending on how dirty you are) quickly zipping along and picking up food. They even slapped some bars and a battery indicator on the top left corner of the screen to make you think you have an old and busted Nokia. Those rascals.
OmNomNom saves your high scores and conveniently groups them across all difficulties, but you can't upload them to an online leaderboard. Furthermore, there are one and three keys on the left and right sides of the screen, respectively, but they don't do anything. What a tease.
In the world of hidden costs, it's possible that Snake was somehow added to a phone's price, but we doubt it. It was just a free game that was good for a few minutes a day. So while we like OmNomNom, it feels weird paying $1.99 for it, especially since Phase2 hosted a free introductory period and then tacked on the price. That's cold, but considering how expensive things are, spending two bucks on a classic game that's still enjoyable is cool. Besides, it gives us a reason to tell our friends that we're busy playing something called OmNomNom.
What's Hot: Most adorable video game title ever, classic Snake gameplay, three difficulty levels, retro design.
What's Not: Landscape mode is silly, cannot upload high scores to online leaderboards.