Snake Rivals is, by far, one of the most entertaining games launched by the UK mobile app developer Supersolid. We discussed, at length, what we think about this updated, Android version of the notorious basic phone game everyone played in the early 2000 in our review of the game. Without giving away too much, we just couldn’t be happier with the spin-off. It’s solid. Supersolid.
In this article, however, we’d like to show you why it’s better to play Snake Rivals on PC, with BlueStacks, rather than on your mobile device. Of course, the game is a neat way to kill some dead time while commuting or waiting for your order to arrive, but if you’re serious about getting some of those awesome skins, you need to step up your game. Big time.
Although Snake Rivals is, by no means, an FPS or other type of heavily reflex-based game, it often puts you in situations where split-second decisions are necessary. Whether it’s one huge opponent trying to lock you in or several tinier ones aiming for your head, being able to accurately react and move in this game will save your gliding friend’s life.
The raw performance delivered by the BlueStacks emulator ensures that your game is always crisp and smooth. Say goodbye to dying because of lag stutters or delays. After all, it is a pity to grow your slithery character to immense proportions in 8 to 10 minutes of non-stop eating and then have to give it all up because your phone is either low on battery, struggling to render the game, or has a poor Internet connection.
Even if you do own a flagship phone that can easily render new games, you’ll often be pestered by notifications or apps looking to stay up to date. If you happen to own an older device, odds are you won’t even be able to run the game in the first place. Instead of buying a new smartphone, you can just download BlueStacks and play Snake Rivals on PC, for free.
Charm Your Way to Victory
Still, the most noteworthy improvement in your Snake Rivals gameplay comes from the multitude of BlueStacks features you can use to your advantage. Being able to dodge opponents, obstacles, and fool everyone into either smashing into your body or going for a frontal collision is the bread and butter of consistently winning games. The Keymapping Tool will greatly increase your gameplay accuracy in this respect.
With the Keymapping Tool, you can bind in-game actions and controls to keyboard or mouse buttons. Instead of having to fumble your fingers on a tiny screen, reducing your visibility and struggling to steer clear of threats, you’ll be able to easily slither your way to victory. For example, we made sure that our speed-up (one of the most powerful actions in Snake Rivals) is activated when we press Space.
Because we’re used to pressing the button really fast, we’re basically the bane of bigger snakes, as we constantly rush into frontal collisions at just the right moment. The idea is to lie in wait, move slowly about and then, when they suspect it the least, go for the head. The smaller you are, the higher the odds that you’ll fool big lizards. There’s something oddly satisfactory about ending someone’s winning streak by rushing into their head. The same holds true for using special abilities and power-ups.
Instead of cluttering our vision with clumsily-moving fingers, we can easily shoot fireballs, use the ghost-mode, magnet, or magnet blast. In a game where isometric movements are possible, you need to make sure that you are as accurate as you can be with your every action. Also, given how expensive it is to acquire more power-ups, you need to make sure that you get the most out of each and every one of them.
Become the Most Feared Serpent
Aside from being able to assign key binds, the most useful BlueStacks feature for playing Snake Rivals on PC is the newly introduced Script function. The latter makes it possible to record long and complex sequences of actions, such as strokes, swipes, taps, or delays, and then trigger them at the press of a single button. If properly used, scripts are true life-savers in Snake Rivals. The easiest SR script is the one that eliminates the necessity to keep the mouse button pressed to move about.
With the “keyDown” function, you can get rid of having to hold M1. This nifty little script will keep it pressed for you, so to speak, which means you can spare more of your focus to outmaneuver your opponents and stay alive, rather than having to care about the basic control of your cute reptile. We can take things to a whole new level if we automatize important actions we use on a regular basis. While the M1 is pressed, you can activate a second script to move your snake in a certain way.
For example, we can create an “oh-shit” button that gets us out of sticky situations. As you may have noticed, you can cross your own snake’s body without fear of death. Within a second script, we can record a 180 turn to save your scales in an instant. If, for some reason, you feel that you wouldn’t have enough time to do the movement yourself, the script will execute it for you with machine-like precision.
Win More Trophies and Skins with BlueStacks
Playing Snake Rivals on PC will undoubtedly give you an upper-hand on your opponents, whether due to better performance or a better control of your snake. Even without scripts, your SR experience will improve dramatically. The only question that remains is whether to go for the cute Pandaconda or the fearsome Chtulhu.
Right off the bat, we are able to kill bigger snakes much faster because of the Keymapping Tool. The more we dominate our opponents, the likelier it is that they get flustered and make mistakes. You can easily get under their skin, so to speak. From then on, it’s only a matter of time until you get the necessary trophies to land on that leaderboard. Just don’t forget to have some fun along the way!