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Snood is a fun puzzle game that will test your intellect rather than your reflexes. Your goal is to free all of the trapped Snoods by launching other Snoods at them. If you connect three or more Snoods, they will transport away. If that leaves any Snoods not connected to the top of the playfield, they will fall to safety. Don't take too long, though. Every Snood you launch increases the Danger Level. When the gauge fills up, the Snoods will shift downward. If the Snoods reach you, the game is over. Snood includes the following features:
- Set your own pace! There is no time limit in Snood, so you can play as quickly or as patiently as you wish.
- Simple controls! You only need the mouse to play. Move it left and right to aim your launcher, and click to launch your Snood.
- Multiple difficulty settings! Pick the level that suits your skill, from Child to Evil, or try the Puzzle or Journey levels.
- Registered users can even design their own custom difficulty settings and puzzles. Each difficulty level maintains its own high score list and statistics, too.
Snood is a good game for children. The game is non-violent and non-confrontational, and children can play at their own pace. It develops several basic skills, including matching, calculation of angles, and simple strategic assessment and problem solving. It does not require reading, and the controls are very simple. The Child difficulty level is easy enough even for young children to enjoy (ages 2-3).
Conversely, Snood is fun for older players, too. The oldest Snood player on record is 102 years old; if you beat that record, let us know!
Why Register Snood?
Snood is shareware. This means you can download it and try it out for free. If it works for you, you like it, and you want to keep it, then you must register it after a 30-day free trial period. There are some really great features for registered users.
By registering for one-time fee of $19.99, you:
v Will be able to play ALL difficulty levels an unlimited number of times!
v Will get over 2,800 puzzle levels
v Will be able to design your own puzzle level sets that you or others make with SnoodEdit in the PC version and soon in the MAC version..
v Will be able to use custom Snood graphics designed by you and others.
v Will be able to use the Custom Difficulty settings
v Will be able to play Tournaments with multiple players competing on the same levels
v Will be able to use special features including the Aimer and the Mulligan.
v Will see your name listed as the registered user.
v Will be using your software legally.
v Won't get the "Please!" screen when the game starts up
v Will be supporting the shareware concept and encouraging Dave to write new games!
Go to www.SnoodWorld.com/shop and click on “Registration Codes” on the left side of the screen.
NOTE: Please DO NOT register thinking that registering will somehow fix technical problems you've been having with the game. You have the complete version; registering just unlocks some features within the program. Any problems or glitches you experience before registering will persist afterward.
Here are some common questions or problems that come up:
My scores aren't being saved or I have to re-enter my Registration Code every time I play.
This is easily fixed if you set your Preferences File. Here's how:
1) Open Snood.
2) Go to the Preferences menu (located on the top of your Snood Window).
3) Click on "Specify Preferences File Location . . ."
4) Navigate to Libraries, (usually this can be clicked on the left side of the pop up window).
5) Select your Documents Folder (it is the easiest folder to select and will definitely work!).
Once you have set your PREFERENCE FILE to your Documents folder, you can now REGISTER THE GAME:
Open Snood, click on Game, then click on Enter Code and enter your code.
I'm getting a error when I run Snood that it can't find a file called "DINPUT.DLL" or "DDRAW.DLL" or "DSOUND.DLL" or something like that.
This means you don't have DirectX on your computer, or that DirectX isn't installed properly. Try downloading it from: http://www.microsoft.com/directx/homeuser/information. DirectX is a graphics library which allows for fast graphics in Windows. It comes with recent versions of Windows, but it didn't come with some versions of Windows 95.
I'm using Windows 2000 or ME, and Snood isn't working right...
Some people have no trouble with Snood under Windows 2000; others can't get it to run correctly or even at all. It seems to vary depending on the specific hardware and video and sound cards being used.
The game runs too slowly.
There are a couple of things you can try:
- Close your other programs while you're playing Snood
- See if the speed limit has gotten set to a high value somehow – check under Game Preferences on the Preferences menu
- Try running Snood with a smaller window size (see the Preferences menu)
- Try changing the settings on your display, particularly the color resolution. You can do this on the Display control panel on your Start Menu. Most people find that if your display is set to 8-bit or 256 colors the game is fastest; 24-bit or millions of colors is slowest. Be sure to test out the resolution on your monitor before committing to the switch – it can be hard to get out of a bad choice here.
I'm not hearing any sounds.
The first thing to check is whether you have the sound turned on and the volume turned up. Hit S and see what the message says, and hit ] a bunch of times to increase the volume.
Some people have sound cards that Snood can't access well. Snood uses DirectX, which is supposed to be standardized, but some people have problems. You might try to get an updated version of the sound drivers from the manufacturer of your sound card – they're often available for download from the manufacturer's web site.
My Snood graphics have little black boxes around them.
This means that Snood was unable to draw pictures transparently, which basically means it couldn't talk to your graphics card in the right way. You might try changing the monitor resolution and color depth under the Display control panel and see if that helps – there's usually a combination that will work. You can also try to get new video drivers for your video card – they're usually available from the manufacturer of your video card on a web site.
The screen is blank or the colors are weird.
This usually only happens if you're changing monitor resolutions while Snood is running or if your screen saver comes on while Snood is running. You can try minimizing the Snood window (click on the little underscore bar at the upper right) and then maximizing it again – that will often fix any such problems.
I get an error message when I run Snood that says "A required file, XXX, was not found." Where XXX is DINPUT.DLL, DSOUND.DLL, DDRAW.DLL, or similar. What do I need to do?
You need the DirectX library - it's available at http://www.microsoft.com/directx/homeuser/information/. DirectX is a graphics library which allows for fast graphics in Windows. It comes with recent versions of Windows, but it didn't come with some versions of Windows 95.
My version of Snood is not registered. When I go to play it there is a little box that says for example "You've played 100 games that's $0.20 a game." Does it actually cost money? Again I am not registered and I just play for fun against my self.
Snood is shareware. That means you can download and play it for free -- for 30 days. After that, please either remove it from your computer or register by paying a one-time fee of $19.99 (cheap!).
The message is telling you how many games you have played so far and what the cost per game would be if you register. You are not being charged for the games. You are being reminded of just how inexpensive Snood is and how much you are playing!
My version of Snood doesn't have all the levels my friends have. Why not?
Everybody downloads the same version of Snood! You might be talking about the puzzle levels. Try going to the Difficulty menu and picking "Puzzle" difficulty - that might solve your issue.
Why does Snood call me a thief? That's really rude.
The voice at the beginning is actually saying Please!, not Thief! I would never insult users that way, but many people seem to hear it as Thief! regardless.
Where did you get the name Snood?
I was looking for a silly-sounding non-trademarked name, and one of my friends had named his fantasy football team "Snood Trunion" (for no apparent reason). So, the word Snood stuck in my head, and it seemed appropriate for the game. The word actually refers either to a hair garment popular in the middle ages (and the 1940's) or to a turkey part.
When I play Snood at my friend's house, she gets multiple screens/levels. How do I get that version?
You have the correct version already! You only get multiple levels if you are playing on the Puzzle or Journey difficulty settings. If you pick Puzzle or Journey on the Difficulty menu, then you should be all set.
How do people get those astronomically high scores on the score page? Are they cheating?
For the really high scores, I think people are just not trying to win. They build up big chains of Snoods and then drop them, over and over again until they get bored and finally finish the game.
This seems kind of cheap to me, but I don't want to get in people's way if they want to play in this manner. This technique works fine for the Child, Easy, and Medium levels, but it gets difficult on the Hard and Evil levels. Journey mode prevents people from doing this. If you hear a spooky voice say "End It Now!", you've taken too long!
It also turns out that there are a couple of bugs that allow people to cheat and get higher scores, one on the Mac version and one on the PC version. As I hear of these, I'll prevent them. If you report one of these that I haven't heard of yet, I'll give you a free registration code for Snood.
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