There are games that will happily give you a ten-hour walkthrough, as well as more rules and controls than you need to launch a spacecraft to the moon and back, detailing how it works. Huge open worlds with millions of icons, with hundreds of side quests and lots of special events, all available to participate in. It’s all a little overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there are games like Where the snow settles; the game herds you on a linear journey from A to B, focusing more on the experience of the story and you grabbing your attention. But will this be enough for modern gamers?
Developer Myriad Games Studio has been working on Where the Snow Settles since 2016, fitting part-time development around their normal everyday lives. This is a game about community, love, growth, and the supernatural.
You play as Aurelia who lives in a small village with her older sister; a hunter. The village was struggling and the snow around it made the main role of farming almost impossible. Along with her sister, Aurelia ventured out, discovering a number of sacred stones that the elders said should never be touched. Touching the stones will happen, of course, and soon Aurelia finds herself in the spirit world – stepping back to the same world as before, just with a very different look. She meets several spirits that need her help in saving the world and everything she loves…
The story is the heart and soul of Where the Snows Settle; much more than gameplay. In fact, it really takes you on a journey through different landscapes, meeting a variety of characters and settings as you go. It’s a very short story – and a lot like a linear story – that will take about 45 minutes to complete. And while it’s a story that I enjoyed a lot, I can’t help but feel the ending was a bit rushed and that certain pieces of narrative were left to be desired and a bit unfinished. It’s a pity that you might want more.
Gameplay-wise there isn’t much going on in Snowy Place other than you controlling the protagonist and moving around the world. There’s no need to have any jump or battle buttons, as you can talk to characters and interact with areas or items at the touch of a button. It’s a very simple way to play and I’m all for it because it’s proven to work extremely well with others; games like Journey for example.
Again though I did feel that there could have been a bit more interaction or at least some confusing or background elements included. You cannot die in this game and even if everything is falling around you there is not any danger. With that said, there’s something wonderful about being given the chance to travel through a world, experiencing everything around you without having to worry about death.
The game looks lovely, what with the beautiful snow world it creates. I also like the character design; especially with the two sisters and their home environment. The spirit world itself has also provided a nice change from the norm, all featuring some other great characters and world building. Where the Snow Settles has a great tune and is a place I could gladly spend the more than 45 minutes it has to offer. Furthermore, the soundtrack is one of beauties with some excellent arrangements. It also does a clever thing whereby instead of using any voice when you interact with a character, it replaces it with a musical chord that actually works great.
I’m a big fan of game experiences that can be thought of as narrative adventures or walking sim. I love being on an adventure and being guided through new and fantastical worlds and stories. Where it Snows will happily take you on a magical journey from start to finish, but the problem is, that journey is too short. The story is a bit rushed and there are open questions that need to be answered. It’s a pity you never got the chance to explore the world longer. However, the gameplay is very simple and this shows what can be created by a team full of promise and great creativity.
I wanted more, but it’s definitely worth exploring Where the Snow Settles.
Spend your lunch break with Where the Snow Settles, on Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One
There are games that will happily give you a ten-hour walkthrough, as well as more rules and controls than you need to launch a spacecraft to the moon and back, detailing how it works. Huge open worlds with millions of icons, with hundreds of side quests and lots of special events, all available to participate in. It’s all a little overwhelming at times. Fortunately, although there are games like Where the Snow Settles; the game herds you on a linear journey from A to B, focusing more on the experience of the story and you capture your attention.…
Assess where the snow is deposited
Assess where the snow is deposited
- Lovely world
- Good story
- Linear narrative makes this a relaxing experience
- Too short
- The story feels rushed
- All very simple in terms of actual gameplay
- Big thanks to the free copy of the game – Myriad Games Studio
- Format – Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One
- Reviewed Version – Xbox One on Xbox Series X
- Release date – July 23, 2021
- Launch price from – £8.79
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