More and more often, we see video games on the market geared almost completely towards children. With the ever increasing amount of children relying on video games for entertainment growing, and the shrinking age at which they start ti rely on video games, a veritable explosion of interest in these games has made itself known across many video game markets. One of these games to dip it’s tow into the market is Snail Bob game.
The game is, in a single word, childish. Not to say that it is a bad game, but that it is very much geared toward a younger audience. The rating on Common Sense Media’s website says 6+, but honestly, this game could be appropriate for a 4 or 5 year old. In the game, players gain control of a ever-cheerful snail by the name of Bob (big surprise). The simplistic title itself says more about the game than I think I could ever write in a review like this. This is an excellent choice for a child’s game; allowing the user to simply point and click at the offending obstacle or enemies in order to change it. A cheerful soundtrack and bright, cartoon-like art style accompanies the young crusader as he guides the protagonist across 90 levels. Perhaps the worst thing about this game is the price. There are far, far better games available either on the Google Play Store or Apple Store they are cheaper or even completely free. Currently, Snail bob is $4.99 on the Common Sense Media’s store page, a gross overpricing error for the content that you get. On the upside, Common Sense Media is a non-profit organization, for those that it matters to, and therefore your money, should you choose to purchase this program, will not go to some big, bad corporate monster.
Despite the price, the game is actually a good choice for a young child. While not offering much challenge or difficulty to an older child or adult, this may be a good first puzzle game for your still developing child’s brain. Problem solving and thinking of creative solutions are both taught to young children playing the game. However, I( cannot stress enough how much the game is not worth five dollars. In fact, I daresay it is not worth any money for the content you get. The levels turn incredibly repetitive very quickly, maintaining a freshness for the first third of the game, and there is no incentive to replay the game after beating it. Once your child beats the game, they will most likely never touch it again, assuming that they stay interested enough to beat all 90 levels. To combat this, the authors of the game hide stars and collectibles throughout the levels, but there is no real incentive to find them, other than just to find them. No special prize or secret ending or different game mode. After only a few days or weeks of playing the game, you will find your child not playing the game anymore, and you will realize that that was 5 dollars you will never see a return on.