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Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy

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About the Movie

If you ever played the game 'Snake' on your early model Nokia cellphone, then you're familiar with 'Nibbler,' the original 'snake' game. MAN VS SNAKE tells the story of Tim McVey who, in 1984, on a single quarter (and over 44 hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game. 25 years later, rumors of a higher score surface online, attributed to Italian kickboxing champion Enrico Zanetti. This calls into question everything Tim McVey has believed for decades and forces him to make a decision: either set a new world record, or risk losing his legacy forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Man vs Snake" isn't perfect and some moments don't register, but mostly it's quite well done. – Jesse Singal, Boston Globe, Aug 9, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Man Vs. Snake

Incredible movie that's like a time machine that brings me back to the days of playing arcade games when I was 13.

Viva Arcades!

Welcome to Nerdsville! Man vs. Snake is another, wonderfully welcomed addition to the "80's video game documentary" niche (does the addition of this film make it an official genre? Because I love Improv, I'd say yes!)

Man v Snake tells the tale of TIm McVeigh - not the one who blew up Oklahoma, but the man who blew up the video game scene in the 80's by being the first person to score over a billion points on what might be the most maddening of cabinet games - Nibbler. How Tim could have played this assault on attention for 30+ hours, I don't know, but he has the mental and physical fortitude to hunker down in the trenches, battle fatigue and insanity to play this infernal machine for hours upon hours upon HOURS!

This movie follows McVeigh's (now middle-aged) journey as he attempts to break a billion points and reclaim his title as the best Nibbler player in the world. The movie is funny, insightful, and entertaining as hell. The time I spent with it flies by. There is amazing animation, awesome archival footage of 1980's video game culture, and a welcome return of the cast of characters at Twin Galaxy, the arcade made famous in "King of Kong." #walterday #billymitchell

If you like documentaries, video games, and just plain having fun, watch Man Vs Snake. I'm gonna watch it again this weekend!

Incredible Film!

If you love video games and human interest stories -- you must see this hilarious and inspiring movie. Best video game doc period.

Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler
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