Name: The Snow
Release Date: 28 August 2013
Developer: Wellore/Alawar Entertainment
Ranked behind Hidden Object Adventure games, Match 3 seems to be the second most popular genre in the casual games market. Some failed, some succeed - The Snow falls into the latter category.
Most Match 3 games focused on the gameplay rather than the story, however, The Snow focused equally on both aspects. You are taking on the role of a cute, young girl who finds her parents frozen in place along with the rest of the town - she then has to take a journey to break this curse accompanied by her magical friends. As said, the story in The Snow stays with you all the way through the game and it is very nice to follow, in fact, there are cut scenes shown every so often.
The presentation in The snow is simply stunning. The hand-drawn art is gorgeous and supremely beautiful while the visual effects on the Match 3 boards are amazing as well. The background music is relaxing and not repetitive; moreover, we love the track played during the Main Menu very much. The Snow also includes pretty nice voice overs which is unusual for a Match 3 game.
In Story mode, each level of Match 3 is different from another in terms of tasks to be completed and objectives of each level. In most level, once a Match 3 board is completed - you will be rewarded an item to be used to continue your adventure. Apart from the Story mode, there are over six more modes you can choose to play including the wanted Relaxed mode - some are exciting and challenging while some are more relaxing.
The Story mode consists of 40 levels which is relatively short compared to other games in the genre. Furthermore, expert Match 3 players will definitely find The Snow to be fairly slow-paced and maybe a little bit too calm.
The Snow has everything anybody could asked for, from admirable artwork to entertaining gameplay. It is a game that you can enjoy with your family on the weekend and it will keep you asking for more.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
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