Viral distribution would allow the game to copy itself to another N-Gage using Bluetooth as the carrier.
Single player game has 42 levels (37 on N-Series), with both square and hex grids available in the playfield. Higher levels allow the player to climb around the edges and play on both surfaces of the playfield.
Up to four players can play in a multiplayer game using 4 N-Gage devices and bluetooth as the carrier.
Nokia maintains a worldwide leaderboard of scores, once accessible through the N-Gage Arena service. Any N-Gage with a valid data plan can upload the high score from within the game.
Although Snakes was primarily designed for the Nokia N-Gage platform, it was also once available for Nokia N95. Several other devices supported the optimized file mention earlier as well, one example was Nokia E65 which could support and run the game at a near-full framerate as on Nokia N95. However, there had been cases in which a phone which could support the game, which crashed promptly after launching the application.