Warm Snow, produced by BadMudStudio, is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t judge a game by its title. Warm Snow is a very realistically descriptive title. A strange phenomenon occurred in June of the 27th year of the Longwu Era. Snowflakes falling from the sky, when touched, do not melt but bring a warm feeling. Those who inhale “Warm Snow” will become insane and turn into monsters.
Warm Snow is a Roguelike action game set in a dark oriental fantasy world. Players take on the role of Bian, a warrior on a mission to defeat the Five Great Clans and restore order to a world affected by ghostly warm snowflakes. Hack-n-slash elements in 2.5D space with a top-down perspective bring exciting and new experiences to players.
The player is tasked with defeating all enemies in the area before choosing a path, each of which will hide a unique weapon or power. Each room is filled with monsters, but players can collect passive and active power-ups along the way to prepare themselves for the final boss encounter of each level.
An important combat weapon that players need to master is the flying sword. Flurry mode opens up new combat options, turning the sword into a ranged weapon. When using this option, the sword can be taken to a specified location and recovered. Therefore, tracking the position of swords as they fall and calculating the time until you can use it again is a necessary skill to improve combat effectiveness.
Another attractive feature is the stealth attack. This mode will be effective for melee-style runs and enhances offensive combat. Three different Cults will change the gameplay as well as impact the improvement of weapons. Another indispensable combat feature is the Break system. A red icon will appear when dealing enough damage to the enemy, signaling the next attack with significantly greater damage will be the decisive blow to defeat the enemy.
Throughout the game, you will find antiques related to the strange warm snow phenomenon. Some items can help the player respawn with weapons, combat abilities, and powers. Not only that, but your skills and weapons can also be “upgraded” with magical properties such as lightning, fire or potions by collecting artifacts. Weapons vary in rarity, from common to near-impossible. There are many skins with different attributes, qualities and improvements. However they all use swords, so the variety of the game can be limited in this respect.
There are also Relics that only last for one playthrough and disappear when the character is defeated. Your character has four skill slots to use Relics including: Core, Strength, Agility, and Skill. There are more than ten different types of Relics and each Relic has four uses. In addition, each has additional attributes depending on the power-ups you use. When you win a new relic, you can convert and reuse each relic as many times as you want.
While the opening can seem daunting and overwhelming for new players, you’ll soon have access to healing gourds that replenish almost half of your health. In addition, just before each boss battle, players can visit the Merchant, where you can buy health, combat weapons, and support relics.
However, the gameplay of Warm Snow does not really bring the feeling of “winning” like other games of the same genre. Some localization errors have a clear effect on the game loop as well as the way the story leads. Although not as “polished” as other roguelike games, Warm Snow is still a game that can keep you occupied for hours. The battle system that gives players freedom in encounters with attractive rewards, this is the hidden gem waiting to be discovered by gamers.