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It's a race to the moon for the two snakes, Rattle and Roll! Play alone or simultaneously with a friend as you out-score and out-eat your opponent - then weigh yourself on the scales and make for the exit!

Snake, Rattle 'n Roll is an isometric 3D platformer. The object of each level is to eat as many Nibbley Pibblies (round creatures of various colours) as possible to make your snake heavy. Once it's heavy enough, you must stand on the scales in the level, and if you're heavy enough, the door will open and you can make your way to the exit.

As with many platform games of its era, Snake, Rattle 'n Roll is incredibly difficult. Foes include Jaws, a monster that's all teeth and will kill you if you stay in the water too long, and Bigfoots, which stomp all over the place and require multiple tongue lashings to defeat. Then there's the many types of Nibblies, such as Pibblesplats, which hop around and splat into puddles, Pibbleboings, which are spring-loaded and jump incredibly high, and Pibblewings, which fly high out of reach.

Two-player mode provides both a co-op and competitive experience: while you are both trying to eat more Nibblies than your opponent, if you both stand on the level's scale at the same time, both of your weights will be counted and it will be possible for you to exit the level more quickly.


Snake Rattle N Roll NES The balls gets harder and harder to catch
Snake Rattle N Roll NES Eating
Snake Rattle N Roll Genesis Flying down on a magic carpet
Snake Rattle N Roll NES Destroying an enemy

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Alternate Titles

  • "Snake Rattle 'n' Roll" -- Genesis in-game title

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Critic Reviews Genesis Oct 13, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Mar, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
neXGam Genesis Dec 22, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) NES Mar, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Power Unlimited Genesis Mar, 1994 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play NES Jan, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Video Games Genesis Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Player One Genesis Dec, 1993 65 out of 100 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Dec, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55


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1001 Video Games

Snake Rattle 'n' Roll appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The title of the game is a pun on Bill Haley's famous song "Shake, Rattle and Roll".
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