October 4, 2013 7:00 AM | Anthony Swinnich
Marching in single file was always one of my least favorite things about grade school, so it's no surprise the military held no appeal to me. Despite my distaste for order, it certainly has its place. And now that I've played Snake Squad by Yzi Games, I can understand why the simple straight line is such a useful formation.
You start off as an army of one, set upon by enemy troops that spawn around you. You direct your auto-firing soldier around the battlefield using the mouse. An ally appears every 30 seconds and joins your ranks when walked over. Avoid getting hit and you'll survive, which goes for both you and the members of your battalion. Enemy soldiers drop money which can be spent on upgrades in-between deaths. These may grant you more health or increased speed, but they can also unlock screen-clearing air strikes and allies with new attacks as well. Sniper rifles, rocket launchers and miniguns are all available if you earn the cash to make them yours.
The game is simple fun and easy to play. Directing your line of soldiers around and through the carnage is intuitive, though it can get especially out of hand once tanks start showing up. While you can't die by colliding with your unit, it definitely does feel a bit like playing Snake, but with bullets. Check it out over at Kongregate now.