In Snokie you are a pink bird that can't fly (I always thought Snokie was a strange looking penguin until I looked at the box shot here on Lemon) and your goal in life is, for some reason undisclosed in the game itself, to run and jump from one side of the screen to the other. Or rather, your goal in life seems to be getting yourself killed as quickly as possible. You see, Snokie might be a simple game in terms of design and plot, but it is anything but simple to actually get anywhere. In fact, the game is brutally difficult, requiring immaculate timing and pixel-perfect jumping skills. As I wrote in my comment, just looking at your joystick can get you killed in this game. I have played this game on and off for close to twenty-five years, which is an indication of the amount of practice you (or at least, I) need to reach the third checkpoint. I have no idea how many checkpoints there are, but I fear my progress has been slight.
No plot, simple graphics, little sound and punishing difficulty? I know this sounds like a game that you wouldn't want to waste five seconds of your life on downloading, never mind playing it for twenty-five years. But there is something... something very addictive about Snokie. I can't pinpoint it exactly. It might be the fact that the game revels in your failures, treating you to a winking skull and a mocking little tune when you die. It might be the fact that you can die a dozen times on the very first jump, but then, suddenly, you make it just that little bit further, urging you to try and try again (and die, of course, until after 1,000,000 deaths you can reach the third checkpoint, like I did).
I realize that you probably have to be a certified masochist to like this game. Nevertheless, I would recommend it... and maybe you'll get hooked too.
|GRAPHICS - 5/10|
|The graphics are merely adequate, even for a 1983 game.|
|SOUND - 5/10|
|A few sparse sound effects and a mocking tune when you die.|
|PLAYABILITY - 8/10|
|Very difficult but very addictive.|
|OVERALL - 8/10|
|Of course, subtract points here if you are easily frustrated (i.e. you don't have the eye-hand coordination of a martial artist and the patience of a saint).|