Carphone Warehouse invites you to play ‘Snake Retro’ to win prizes

If you are of a certain age and you think back to your first mobile phone, the chances are you used to get very excited about playing ‘Snake’. Yes, you remember it, it was the one where the snake (really a bendy graphic line that looked absolutely nothing like a snake if we’re being honest) was moved around the phone screen in order to eat things, a game that really exercised those fingers. Well now the Carphone Warehouse has updated Snake, making it smarter, brighter, sassier and fit for modern technology, and you can now win some very special prizes just for playing.

Now entitled ‘Snake Retro’, the new version of the classic game is available for desktop, mobile or tablet. Featuring coloured graphics, strange floating heads and skulls, and a main character who now at least resembles a snake of some sort, the game promises to take you back to the heady days of Britpop, when your phone resembled a housebrick and was only just about mobile!

That was then…

this is now.

To show us just how far mobile phone technology has come in such a short amount of time, Carphone Warehouse have launched a special competition where you could win a smartphone, either a Galaxy S4 or an iphone 5.  All you need to do is play the game! You simply choose a phone, enter your details, and have a go. The winner is not based on the score, it will simply be chosen at random. Which is lucky, as I currently sit at number 254 on the leader board, literally thousands of points behind the current leader. (who must have the most agile fingers ever!)

I would definitely recommend you have a go, but be warmed, the game is as addictive as it ever was.



What did we do before Smartphones?

Well, what did we do before iPhones? I think this is a perfectly legitimate question. Because whether we are using them for work purposes, or in our home lives, it seems these days we are never without our iPhones. Once upon a time our mobile phones had a simple use, we used them to contact people when we were out and about, sometimes with a call, sometimes with a text message. They were useful to help us keep in touch, to keep in the car with us in case of breakdowns, or to play a simple game on if we were bored. But that was then.

Today our whole lives seem to revolve around our smartphones, they simply have so many uses beyond just calling someone. For me, as both a blogger and a mother, the iPhone is indispensable. I’ve only recently got my phone from Carphone Warehouse, who were brilliant in showing a true technophobe all the advantages of having a smartphone. Now  I note all my important events on the live calendar so that I no longer have to carry a diary around with me (another heavy book in an already heavy bag). Many a disastrous day has been averted by using my Sat Nav app to find the exact location of a press day or meeting when I am lost in London yet again. And of course, I can follow fashion at all times through various glossy magazine apps which help me keep up to date with breaking fashion and beauty news. Marie Claire has some of the best apps, I really love the Beauty Genius app which has all the latest catwalk hair and beauty trends literally at your fingertips.

I love the fact that you can shop many of the key trends from online stores like from a magazine simply by scanning a code. Reveal magazine has a great weekly feature which allows you to buy items straight from their pages using your phone once you have downloaded a free app. This is great for me because it stops the endless trawls around crowded shopping centres with a grumpy three-year old in tow.

The iPhone is also a mom’s best friend. I can stick a film or cartoon on it when I am taking my little boy on frequent trips to Wales, and that seems to avoid the ‘Are we there yet?’ question that children start saying as they leave their own street. (Film On is brilliant for this), whilst hubby is also kept happy by Sky Sports and ESPN goals apps that mean we keep up to date with all the latest sports news, even when stuck in the heart of Snowdonia.

Joe watching Humf on the iphone 4s

If you haven’t got a smartphone, I can think of far worse things to add to you Christmas list.