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Review: Snood 3.0

by Chris Lawson,


Developer: David Dobson

Price: $15

Requirements: Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X

Trial: Feature-limited (levels, graphics, difficulty, etc.)

Bearing in mind that I am of the age where sending Virtual Crack to people is still funny, allow me to introduce the game known as Snood with this quote from a friend:

“Snood: Healthier than Crack.”

Let’s ignore for the moment that Snood’s state of physical well-being is irrelevant here. While I am told that playing Snood is indeed nearly as addictive as crack cocaine, Snood doesn’t require that the user be involved with law enforcement, shady drug dealers, or bad neighborhoods full of Snood houses.

Those of you who remember 1980s pop culture will probably recall such arcade games as Puzzle Bobble, which seems to be one of the primary inspirations for Snood. You control a “Snood cannon” that shoots colorful face-like icons called “Snoods” at a giant arrangement of more Snoods. When two or more Snoods of the same color on the game board are hit by another identical Snood fired from the cannon, all three (or more) Snoods vanish. If, by making Snoods vanish, other Snoods are no longer connected to the top of the board, the disconnected Snoods will fall off and disappear. Once the board is cleared, the game is won.

There’s a catch, of course: when each Snood is fired, a “DANGER!” indicator increments, and when the indicator is full, the top of the game board drops down by one row, decreasing the working room you have to fire Snoods. The only way to lower the danger level is to drop Snoods off the board; the more you drop, the more will be taken off the indicator. If the field of play drops far enough to allow any Snoods to descend below its lower edge, the game is lost.

Snood offers a multitude of options for game play. Beginners are advised to start out on the Child level, which offers a “gunsight” of sorts by default and lets the player get a feel for how shots will work out. This sight is particularly useful for practicing bank shots—Snoods fired at the walls will bounce off until they contact the Snoods in the play area. Four levels of increasing difficulty are available after Child; in order, they are Easy, Medium, Hard, and Evil. The difficulty is increased by varying the size of the Snoods, the size of the game board (and thus the total number of Snoods to clear), and the inclusion of skull Snoods. Skull Snoods must be dropped from the field of play, as no skull Snoods are ever loaded into the Snood cannon.

Beyond the basic five difficulty levels, there is a Custom level, which allows the player to set the game board size, the initial number of rows of Snoods, the danger level increments, and the presence/number of skull Snoods. There is a Puzzle level, whose default puzzle contains 50 different levels of artistic or geometric arrangements of Snoods on various-sized game boards that must be cleared. Custom puzzles can also be created and edited with SnoodEdit, a separate (and Windows-only, unfortunately) application. Finally, the Journey level allows the player to start on Child and work his way up until he loses a game. High scores on all levels can be verified by the application and submitted to the Snood Web site to record your achievements for posterity, or simply for bragging rights.

The application appears perfectly stable on Panther, and a beta version was used several months ago on earlier versions of OS X without problems. Stability under versions of Mac OS prior to X was not tested, though previous Snood versions (1.x and 2.x) presented no problems whatsoever.

Version 3.0 introduced some new features, most notably graphics sets and the various “magic Snoods.” Previous Snood versions for the Classic Mac OS could have new Snood graphics inserted via ResEdit, but the new method is far easier and more expandable. The classic Snood icons can be replaced with any of 13 included sets of Snoods, or you can create your own by following the included instructions. (If you really want a challenge, play the Evil level with the Monet Snoods. It’s guaranteed to drive you absolutely batty.)


The three magic Snoods include a wild-card Snood; row-builders (five identical Snoods expand horizontally from the impact point of this Snood); and “Stone Snoods,” which have three small “satellite” Snoods that destroy everything within a one-Snood radius, including Skull Snoods. However, the animation associated with them is very drawn-out, and this negatively impacts game play. While I am a “fast Snooder,” some players prefer a slow, methodical approach, and the slowdown as a result of the Stone Snoods will likely not bother such players.

This leads nicely into perhaps the biggest fault of the application: while the game’s graphics are extremely simplistic, the animation and redraw speed slows noticeably when tasks such as checking e-mail start happening in the background. This is only a minor annoyance, however, as it does little to reduce the addictive qualities of the game.

Reader Comments (37)

Karl von Laudermann · December 3, 2003 - 08:43 EST #1
Minor correction: Puzzle Bobble came out in the mid-90s, not the 1980s.
Ellyn Ritterskamp · January 4, 2004 - 23:29 EST #2
To solve the multiple programs slowdown, I think there's a setting where you can tell Snood not to do anything else in the background. Or to do so, if you like. It does indeed affect game speed, so I have mine turned off. But I'm still back on OS 9 and have no idea if the OS X versions have the same settings.
Sensi Smith · January 15, 2004 - 12:48 EST #3
Snood is, by far, one of the most addictive games to play on a computer, especially in puzzle mode, and it really isn't a huge spectacle of special effects and graphics.
anonymous · April 6, 2004 - 09:43 EST #4
i love this game. i play it obsessively and my grades have begun slipping because i spend more time on this game than i do on my home work! Thanks soooooooooo much!
Kamaljitsidhu · April 21, 2004 - 21:18 EST #5
I love this game
anonymous · June 8, 2004 - 12:56 EST #6
has anyone noticed bonus points when the stone snood sticks?
erick lenuson · June 21, 2004 - 00:08 EST #7
this looks like alot of fun.
anonymous · July 29, 2004 - 07:42 EST #8
The First time I played Snood was two years ago. Now I can't take my eyes off the monitor when it's on. I think I might need help. I'm addicted.
Bob Marley · October 25, 2004 - 11:29 EST #9
Can someone please post like a direct snood link in here so i can play in school, my stupid school has a bunch of restrictions on websites and what not. Pleaaaaaasssseee
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · October 25, 2004 - 22:26 EST #10
Bob - probably for good reason. You're supposed to be studying in school...not downloading games.

If you can't download it from, you'll have to get it on a different computer that isn't behind the school's protection.
anonymous · November 11, 2004 - 12:50 EST #11
Bob, I have gotten mine to work at school by doing a search for snood on google and using the link. is not filtered as a 'gaming' site. I hope this helps.
anonymous · December 21, 2004 - 12:44 EST #12
You need at least 3 snoods in order to make them disappear (not 2 or more).
jessica maria calixte · January 10, 2005 - 11:13 EST #13
i really love this game my boyfriend let me play for the first time and i got addicted to it and now i know all the sounds to it and i have dreams about it everynight of me still playing it.
michelle w · January 23, 2005 - 11:50 EST #14
omg i like love this game it is sooo adicting!!
Jill W · January 28, 2005 - 12:15 EST #15
Simplicity is often what contributes to fun, this game is simple and an absolute blast!
Christine P. · May 5, 2005 - 22:48 EST #16
Our keyboarding teacher lets us play after we finish classwork, its so fun!!!
Maria McBride · July 1, 2005 - 18:23 EST #17
Can you please get me a link to buy Snood 3.0...I have purchased Snood 3.5l and hate it...I want the 3.0 version back. thanks, Maria McBride
anonymous · July 7, 2005 - 10:00 EST #18
i love snood almost as much as i love thats a lot...keep snooding away
anonymous · August 9, 2005 - 16:37 EST #19
snood is the best and addicting game i have ever played. my record for puzzle is 100845!! i know..sounds pathetic. but it took me a long time to get it
fostermaxandwill · August 14, 2005 - 20:50 EST #20
can anyone give me advice on beating level 42? i think it may be the death of me!
Deb Bear · September 22, 2005 - 11:54 EST #21
Oh my Gosh!!! i love playing this game it is so much fun and i think i am addicted to it so i probably going to go play right now.
Lisa b · October 26, 2005 - 04:29 EST #22
snood's a great game. Its one of the best games i've eva played!!!!
10 OUT OF 10
Michou Godfrey · October 26, 2005 - 16:22 EST #23
I used to be addicted to Snood - played it for hours EVERYDAY - then in a moment of lucidity earlier this year, I removed it from my Mac, My garden looks a lot better, I am reading poetry and my friends are happy to have me back. I assure you, there is life after Snood. Great game, but not for addictive personalities. There ought to be a 12 step programme about it.
kaylie mann · November 12, 2005 - 16:42 EST #24
can I play snood at least once without paying?
ATPM Staff · November 12, 2005 - 20:54 EST #25
Kaylie - click the developer name in the header of this review and you'll find a link where you can download a demo.
stacey brascia · November 24, 2005 - 16:24 EST #26
this is a great game
Grace Lynn Parker · January 6, 2006 - 21:54 EST #27
I think that the game is great and everybody should play.
jenna Rose Clemens · January 14, 2006 - 14:24 EST #28
this is a alwsome game everyone should play
francine giglyboo · February 11, 2006 - 10:41 EST #29
this game is wayyyyyy to addicting, if you download it....youll NEVER STOP just get ready to be addicted to it
kevin rozzi · May 7, 2006 - 18:37 EST #30
i dont know what it is about this game but sometimes i cant stop playing it, what is the record for the puzzle? mine is 113.857
daniela fitzpatrick · May 16, 2006 - 15:15 EST #31
how do you download snood that has levels...i cant figure it out...comment and tell me
ATPM Staff · May 16, 2006 - 16:59 EST #32
Daniela - it's not hard to figure out. Buy it.

*Gasp* what's that, I say? Spend money! Oh my god!! It's the end of the world!!

Seriously, buy the game and you'll get the levels. Don't ask where to get it for free here. Don't steal software.
snoodface · May 28, 2006 - 13:42 EST #33
i LIVE and BREATHE Snood!! haha! which snood is your favorite? i love the cheese ball :)
hopsing · August 28, 2006 - 22:21 EST #34
puzzle level- 295,505 I made it to level 36 once, can't get there again. level 6 is boring, level 14 cheats you most times, and level 28 is a real b@#*% I can't believe that there's 50 levels.
Snoodular · February 17, 2007 - 20:36 EST #35
I can't get snood to download. Whenever I try to download it to my desktop, it says it can't play in Quicktime. How do I get it to download in something besides Quicktime? Please help. I am craving to play SNOOD!!!
weebekaloo · April 6, 2007 - 22:38 EST #36
Why do the magic snoods sometimes just bounce off and a "doh!" sound (like homer simpson) plays? What am I doing wrong?
Matt · February 27, 2017 - 03:49 EST #37
You can play Snood & Snoodoku on your iPhone!

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