The Snake Becomes The Key

Retro Gaming Humour

It started with a hiss….


…we never thought it would end up like this. Welcome to The Snake Becomes The Key – a retro gaming blog for old archaic Amstrad computer games. A partnership by Christian Keeley and Stuart Hunt who, from a kinship for life depleting load times, a weird appreciation for shoddy movie tie-ins and probable permanent ear damage from dolphin language loading sounds, decided to visit every jumble sale over a period of two years to unearth a plethora of ancient Amstrad cassette tapes to re-live that pocket-money programming period.

You may wonder why we called this blog ‘The Snake Becomes The Key’ well, for any of you that check out YouTube, you’ll see that as well as clips of people wearing condoms made out of glass and Polish street fights, there’s quite a funny selection of video game themed videos, be it a parody, online review, or just an angry rant. By some strange chance, we accidentally clicked on a video showing a walkthrough for an old Atari 2600 game, based on the film Indiana Jones – by far the most dog-sick looking game we’ve ever encountered. The guy doing the commentating took the whole thing deadly seriously and narrated it in a portentous knowing tone….Jerk.

 It wasn’t until we finished watching his 15 minute master class that we realised the guy was actually a gaming genius. Amazed were we by how illogical the puzzles were and how he had somehow managed to crack the ingenious solution of walking in and out of two screens 8 times, like an OCD sufferer opening a door, to find a key, which, unless you spend weeks deliberating over every minuscule pixel on your television like a mental person, you would never find yourself. Why? because it’s a f***ing snake, something, which by video game convention, written into the syntax of perhaps every other video game, is something that will usually kill you. It’s like the programmers were literally trying rough you up for playing a video game. It’s kind of like the equivalent of keeping frozen food inside a DVD player – it makes no sense whatsoever.

 This experience had us thinking about the games we used to play when we were kids and how we could never finish them. Was it because we were shit at video games? Quite possibly, or was it because we didn’t have the insight and open minded approach which enabled us to consider that the snake becomes the key?

Anyways check it out, post us your comments and suggestions. We really hope you enjoy stepping back in time with us as we replay some old gaming gems from yester-year.

Stuart and Chris.



  1. “Was it because we were shit at video games?”

    I think it was because Chris couldn’t keep his shoulder in its socket long enough to finish any game. By the time it’d healed suitably to hold the controller again, a new game was out, and the cycle repeated…

    Comment by Sam | February 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. Ahhh so glad you mentioned this site… please do try to write as frequent as possible 🙂

    Link added to, btw!


    Comment by Gryzor | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. Great site, keep up the good work

    Comment by Mr Johnstone | March 17, 2007 | Reply

  4. fantastic website, need more game reviews though, the memories of old cpc games give me a warm and weird nostalgic feeling, keep it up

    Comment by Rich | May 3, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hey Rich,

    Thanks for checking out the site. We will be posting some new articles up quite soon. Chris and I have been tied in with other things recently and its meant the blog has suffered. It’s not dead though, we’re still def planning to keep it going.


    Comment by thesnakebecomesthekey | May 19, 2007 | Reply

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