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Snake Pass is an important release on Switch in the sense that it’s one of the first Unreal Engine 4 games on the platform. The development period is really fascinating, as Sumo Digital had the game ready in just a few months. As part of a feature on GamesIndustry, the team went in-depth about how it was brought over so quickly.

Sumo was invited by Nintendo to get a look at Switch last December. Teams were sent to both Nintendo of Europe in Frankfurt and Nintendo of America in Redmond. Sumo was happy with what they saw, and received dev kits five days after they were ordered.

Snake Pass developer Sumo Digital recently held an AmA on the Nintendo Switch Subreddit and answered quite a few questions. You can check out the full AmA here; we’ve highlighted some of the most interesting answers below:

On the possibility of a physical version:

We’re exploring our options.

On the lack of Time Trial mode in the Switch version:

It was a tough call to make considering how we wanted to ensure we were able to launch the Switch version with all the other platforms day and date on top of how much time we had to work on the Switch to begin with. Needless to say, we are getting Time Trials in a future patch.

On the possibility of a sequel:

We’d definitely love to continue Noodle’s and Doodle’s adventures, so here’s to hoping!

On how the game got started:

It came from an internal game jam that Seb [won] with his “Snake Simulator” project. We felt like we had something special and took it to a concept phase for four months trying to make a game out of the idea. We took it to EGX Rezzed last year and it got a lot of praise, so it got green lit to full production!


Digital Foundry published a second technical analysis for Snake Pass today. This time around, it’s been updated for game’s recent patch.

The patch adds in depth-of-field for cut-scenes when playing in portable mode while shadow maps have been improved. And as previously mentioned, all rumble issues have been fixed. However, frame pacing is still a problem.

Here’s the full analysis:

System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: March 28, 2017
Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher Sumo Digital

There are a lot of short tips that cycle through the brief loading screens of Snake Pass. The most helpful was perhaps the most obvious: “Remember, think like a snake.” I wouldn’t be entirely satisfied categorizing this as a physics-based puzzle game. Calling it a platformer is closer, but you can’t jump. Stick this game into any established category and you’ll find that its slithery nature slips right back out. Snake Pass is, mechanically speaking, a sort of deconstruction of the 3D platformer. It’s not quite like anything I’ve ever played.

Snake Pass is supposed to come with Time Trials after finishing the main game. This is an option in almost all versions, but it’s apparently missing on Switch. A prompt should appear when selecting a level, giving players the ability to choose between normal play and the new Time Trials. However, it simply doesn’t show.

Fortunately, Sumo Digital has confirmed that Snake Pass on Switch will be receiving Time Trials at some point in the future. Design lead Brad Davey confirmed via NeoGAF:

“I thought I’d out myself to pass on some good news; I can confirm that we’re working on getting Time Trials patched in to the Switch version of the game. I can’t tell you exactly when this is going to happen, it’s not quite as simple as flicking a switch, there is some work on our end involved on getting this up and running. As soon as I have more news I’ll be sure to pass it on.”


After experimenting some problems with the HD Rumble, Snake Pass has been updated on Switch to version 1.1. This patch should fix the loud rumble issue that we reported before. We’re also hearing that the visuals may have been improved, but we can’t verify that just yet.


Following up on the Snake Pass Switch vs. PS4 comparison posted last night, the folks over at Digital Foundry have come out with their own analysis of the two versions. Switch manages to stack up pretty well on the whole.

On Switch, a few graphical effects are missing and the game runs at a native 1200×675 resolution while docked (in comparison to the PS4’s 1536×864). Both versions are locked at 30 FPS. Unfortunately, the Switch release has some frame-pacing issues, but it’s nothing overly major and could be addressed in a future patch.

Here’s the full analysis from Digital Foundry:

Snake Pass is now out on Switch, though the platformer also went live on other platforms today – including the PlayStation 4. See how the two versions compare below.

We were expecting Snake Pass to hit the Switch eShop earlier today, but the game went through a slight delay. It just went live on the North American store now and should be out in Europe very soon as well. We’ve attached the official launch trailer below.

Update: Added in another video below.

Original: Snake Pass has just launched on the North American Switch eShop (European release set for tomorrow). For an extensive look at the Switch version specifically, watch the video below.