SnowMotion is a great freeware brainteaser from independent German developer Twisted Pair. The premise is so unique and innovative that it’s hard to believe nobody has come up with it sooner: your goal is to make a snowman by rolling balls of snow and stacking them up on top of each other. You need three snowballs of different sizes to make a complete snowman and advance to the next level. |
As with all good puzzle games, SnowMotion is not as simple as it sounds. Each level starts with one or more small snowballs on the ground, which you must roll onto snow-covered ground to make them bigger. If you roll a snowball anywhere that’s not covered in snow (for example, a walkway), it will shrink. Since you cannot roll balls pass each other or through obstacles like fences, you must carefully calculate the optimum path to create a snowman in as few steps as possible. It’s all-too-easy to get irrevocably stuck in this game, thanks to the devious level design.
The game keeps track of how many moves you make, but there fortunately doesn’t seem to be a limit (perhaps there is it higher levels.. I just haven’t got there yet ;)). The game includes a level editor you can use to make your own levels, and there are already many fanmade maps you can download from the official site. The game is in German, but knowledge of the language is not necessary to enjoy this game, given the low learning curve and transparent interface. SnowMotion is a great game for anyone who enjoys brainteasers, especially unique ones that impose no time constraints. Two thumbs up, way up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs