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A jam submission

Build A SnowmanView game page

Do you wanna build a snowman?
Submitted by TomR — 3 days, 9 hours before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Grandma's Favorite Game#33.7503.750
Most Festive#64.1674.167
Game most likely to give someone a drinking problem#132.5002.500

Ranked from 12 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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  • Fun whimsical music really enhances the concept


  • Computer tellin me what good Art is

It's just uncontrollable enough to be fun and not infuriating while trying to actually make a good snowman (yet still failing). My best was "Good try" but something was always off, understandably. One time it judged that the biggest snowball wasn't on the bottom when it seemed by any measure to be clearly below the rest, but that's a matter of perspective I guess. It would have been a nice little extra to be able to spin the snow-bomination around at the result screen to really inspect what was clearly a manifestation of my complex feelings on Kantian aesthetic autonomy so that I could more acutely experience what it means to shove it in Kant's jerkass face for real but that's my baggage I suppose.


Fun and well made game! I included it in my compilation video of all of the Awful Holiday 2018 games!


(x/post) In a perfect world, maybe with a longer jam, I think this thread (or Twitter/Discord) would be full of Frankensteinian snowmen.  Even if I struggled a fair bit with this one I love the gameplay idea.  It's pretty satisfying to see the tilting of the level and overall it feels fresh but familiar to me.  I do feel like there's way too much clutter (the game feels "over" once you get a second snowball due to the difficulty of movement and the increased chance of physics bugs, and nigh-invisible sticks are a perfect snowman killer) and some of the scoring needs better feedback ("should have nice accessories" doesn't really convey much especially when you have light, bells, and candy canes on the center already).  In dozens of attempts I couldn't even tell you how close I got and at times the scoring system did seem like a bitter pill.  I'm super impressed that there is a judging system at all though and I feel it bumps the score quite a bit!  Here's the closest I got (except for maybe a message which called it absolutely terrible or something???):


I was not expecting a katamari clone, nice work!

I like how there seems to be a sensible grading system for your snowman; it creates an actual objective to what otherwise initially appears to be utter chaos.

I love all the little models and their variety!

Main criticism is the controls are a little confusing; I know you're meant to be tilting the stage but due to the static background and the way the camera seems to work I never really felt like it was the stage that was tipping and in my head I'd be going back to assuming it was the ball I was directly controlling which caused a wierd disconnect between what I expect to happen and what ends up happening. 

That's about it, though. Good silly fun.