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A Match-Three Game created in 1996 for the Apple Macintosh by David M. Dobson. The original version of the game featured 50 puzzles, in which the goal is to clear the board by matching three or more Snoods in the same color or shape. One could also select a difficulty level to play instead of the puzzle games.

The Snoods are Jakenote , Midoribe, Mildred, Spike, Zod, Geji, Sunny, and Numbskull, a skull-shaped piece which cannot be removed unless other Snoods freefall with it.

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Since its creation, the game has been ported to the Intel Mac, as well as Windows, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance.


Snood provides examples of:

  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The random Snood generator selects who's next from any type currently on the screen as soon as you fire, so more often than not, you'll find yourself getting a Snood whose type you have just cleared from the board. All too frequently, this causes you to have to clear the same character over and over and over again. One can't help but feel that the game is simply taunting you...
  • Difficulty Levels: There are various difficulty settings - Child, Easy, Medium, Hard, and Evil - along with Puzzle Mode, which features 50 preset puzzles and the options to create more.
  • Edutainment Game: The first game was eventually marketed as being educational for children because it developed "matching [skills], stragetic assessment, and problem solving". This, however, was added on later just to make parents buy it for their kids. The game itself is just another puzzle title.
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  • Excuse Plot: According to the blurb, the plot involves saving the Snoods, presumably from all being turned into Numbskulls
  • Game Mod: The original version was bundled with Snood Edit, which allows the creation of your own Snood puzzles. You can customize the preset pattern, which Snoods are used, etc.
  • Just One More Level: Invoked; the original Mac version features a "Just One More Game" feature, which if selected, will quit the program the next time that you lose. However, there's nothing to stop you from launching the program again…
  • Luck-Based Mission: Some levels are highly dependent on which pattern of Snoods you get.
  • Match-Three Game: The game was inspired by Bust-a-Move and has very similar gameplay. The game is played by shooting three similar-looking Snoods at each other to make them disappear.
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