Developer: EA Mobile
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

The puzzle game Snood has traversed a bunch of platforms in the last decade, finally landing on that most hip of devices, the iPad. If you’ve played Bust a Move or Puzzle Bobble, then Snood for iPad treads familiar ground – there are multicolored creatures called Snoods that stick to the ceiling, walls, and each other; your goal is to match at least 3 of the same color Snoods together to pop them off of the board, with the goal trying to be to get rid of ones near the top of the board to get rid of any Snoods attached below them, to keep the stack from reaching the bottom of the screen. You launch your Snoods from the bottom of the screen, and can bounce them off of the walls to hit otherwise impossible angles.

The game is a decent take on Puzzle Bobble; the familiar gameplay is faithfully represented here. If you’re an iPad owner and a fan of this gameplay, this is the closest you’ll get to an official version of Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble. The controls are solid, and you have 4 different game modes along with multiple difficulties you can play. Also, if you’re a longtime fan of Snood, you can choose to play with either the old Snood designs, or a new set of character designs.

Of course, the problem is first that the character designs are just kind of atrocious. The designs feel amateurish, and the faces of the Snoods border on the level of obnoxiousness. There doesn’t seem to be any logic in the selection of Snoods when you play, particularly when you near the end of a level or in the Puzzle mode – some puzzles are impossible to complete initially because you don’t get a proper selection of Snoods to use before the level comes crashing down on you. The Story mode is really just the Classic mode with occasional interstitials featuring the Snoods introducing themselves for some unclear reason. The game also lacks any kind of online high score mechanism; at least Game Center support would be appreciated.

Snood could be far better, and your enjoyment may come down in part to your feelings on the Snood character designs. But, if you love this type of match-3 gameplay and want it on your iPad, you could do far worse than Snood HD.

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