Snail Bob 2

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Clever cartoonish puzzle adventure perfect for families.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Promotes empathy for others going through scary situations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In some puzzles, other characters, such as a snail dressed as Robin Hood, come to the aid of Bob (the main character).

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Minimal cartoon fantasy violence. Your character has to dodge flames, hit enemies with acorns, might even get eaten by an alligator.  

Consumerism

Part of the story is locked, implying future downloadable content purchase. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snail Bob 2 is a downloadable point-and-click puzzle adventure. There's very little in the way of cartoon violence or scariness; enemy creatures eat Snail Bob, and ghosts slowly come toward him, but they vanish into thin air with the click of a button. The bright colors, charming music, and simple one-button gameplay are clearly designed for younger players. There's no punishment for failing a level and no time constraints, allowing players ample time to figure out the logic puzzles. Though the puzzles are simple enough, the targeted age range for this game would do better with adult interaction and guidance. Parents and children can work together to solve the puzzles and help Bob survive. This could be a great introduction to puzzle games and a great first game overall for younger players learning to use a mouse.

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What's it about?

SNAIL BOB 2 is a puzzle game that follows the adventures of a snail named Bob as he slugs his way through 90 levels spread across three fantasy-inspired worlds. Each of the three tales has a problem that Bob must overcome, avoiding obstacles along the way. Bob crawls forward unless you stop him, and most of the action involves pressing buttons to allow him to cross gaps, flip switches to activate machines, or activate traps to remove enemies from his path.

Is it any good?

Though clearly designed for younger players, this simple adventure puzzle game provides an equally fun opportunity for parents to sit down and play with their children. Most levels can be cleared in under a minute, making it a rewarding experience with little frustration. Children new to point-and-click adventures will have an easy time grasping the controls, as everything works with the click of one mouse button. Levels can be played repeatedly, with no penalty for getting gobbled up by an angry toad or falling off the edge of a walkway.

Stars and puzzle pieces are camouflaged or cleverly hidden, adding a fun extra challenge to each level. Progressing through levels and collecting stars unlocks unique outfits with various pop culture references. The gentle pace of the game and simplicity of the puzzles make it a fun game for youngsters. Adults and older players might become bored with the simplicity of the game, but the many quirky pop culture references throughout each level will keep everyone fairly amused. Combined with the extra collectible challenges and adult-focused references, Snail Bob 2 is a game best enjoyed by the family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staying focused. How important is it to notice the hazards in the world around you?

  • Talk about overcoming obstacles. How does hard work and planning help to overcome the odds, even for a small snail?

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