Snake is back and this time it’s personal! (no really, you become an AR snake)
Eventually, if enough time passes, what is old becomes new again. The rebirth of Nokia-branded smartphones under the guidance of HMD Global is a prime example of that old adage.
Now the company is looking to give its classic Snake game the same treatment with an augmented reality version of the game and a new Snake Mask mode. The latter enables, yep you guessed it, people to use the selfie camera to transform themselves in to a snake.
“The all-new Snake Mask uses the front-facing camera to turn themselves into the iconic Snake character, reacting to the motion of the player’s face,” Nokia writes in a press release.
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The Snake Real World game could be fun. It will require players to ‘eat’ the objects projected on screen themselves. So, for example, you could be crawling across the garden towards an Apple in the grass and gobble it down to score points.
Snake Real World (which uses the rear facing camera) and Snake Mask (selfie cam) are available via the Facebook camera within the main app. Exploits can even be broadcast on Facebook Live, if folks are so inclined. It’s available on the iOS and Android Facebook apps and here’s how to get started.
1. Open the Facebook app
2. Click the camera Icon top left to open Facebook Camera
3. Scroll to the Snake Mask and start playing.
Here’s footage of a quintessentially YouTube guy taking the new AR functionality for a spin.
The AR release follows the launch of Snake for Facebook Messenger last year. It was the first time Snake has been available on a universal platform rather than pre-loaded on to a device, and gained 121 million players around the world.
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