An adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.
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Very Positive (80 reviews) - 93% of the 80 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 25, 2015

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About This Game

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build is an adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen.

  • Adorable graphics by Benjamin Davis
  • Featuring a gorgeous original soundtrack by Ryan Roth
  • Lovingly-crafted puzzle design from Alan Hazelden, one of the creators of Sokobond

Awards:

  • Best Character Design - Intel Level Up 2014
  • Official Selection - Develop Indie Showcase 2014
  • Official Selection - Screenshake 2015
  • Official Selection - BAFTA Inside Games Arcade 2015
  • Official Selection - Different Games Arcade 2015
  • Official Selection - Fantastic Arcade 2015

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (80 reviews)
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FPS_Yusuf
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and FUN game to play and definitely worth buying, I bought the game just by looking at the trailer and seeing this cute setting of the game just made me fall in love with it and made me just buy it without hesitation and man was i glad i found this game, it is just so FUN, CUTE and CHALLENGING, Completed it in about 2 hours and wished there were just more snowman to build :D, because this game is worth the time to play it :)!

Would recommend this to anyone who likes Snowman, a cute setting and some amazing and calm music in the background :)!

10/10
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kan0a
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Earned the prestigious title of Chris Hallberg's Game of the Year 2015.

Adorable and unflinchingly brilliant.
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ReverendTed
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
A Good Snowman may be Hard To Build, but it's an immensely satisfying endeavor. There are a few relatively simple and highly intuitive mechanics that allow the game to ease you in to its puzzles before ratcheting up the challenge by subtle tweaks of the configuration. The puzzles are simple enough in design that if one has you stumped, you can roll it around in your head while you go do something else for a bit. And then just when you think you've mastered the game's last challenge, they find a clever way to turn those mechanics inside out...and now you realize you might be 50% done.
The presentation is perfect for a reflective puzzle game - soothing soundtrack, subtle sound effects, crisp and simple (yet utterly charming) visuals, and while solving a puzzle could be its own reward...well, there's an undeniable sense of contentment that comes from hugging a snowman.
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Good ◂◂
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
cute art and nice puzzle :D
the puzzle is hard but not that hard :3
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BenQ.Crammie
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Beautifull game. Loved the look, loved the Music. Overall one of the best games i got in the Sale (Bought around 30 games just for compairsion)

Its a bargain for the Sale price and even the full price is justified.
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LihMeh
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
If you like puzzles, buy this one. It's adorable!
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FaizNandana
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Product received for free
This is puzzle Short But this is fun :3
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Linkblade
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I was about to write only a nice puzzle game review because it has very nice puzzles, but in the end... the Big Ultra Puzzle appeared! This one is so hard, that it really challenged me and got me excited. Therefore I am excitingly recommending this one!

The main game is played through in about an hour, but to complete the Big Ultra Puzzle it takes triple the time and triple the wits.

Absolutely recommended for logic puzzle likers and extreme puzzlers!!!


I know a game similar to this one from the past, about from the 90s or something. I'm searching for it, does anyone know it? Please leave a comment if you do :-)
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noblebeast
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Cute and relaxing puzzler. It gets surprisingly difficult towards the end.
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david.araven.rose
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Simply out, it's a puzzle game that make you think really hard about each move you make, but sompletely avoids being stressful at the same time. I quite enjoy it. Challenging, creative, and enjoyable.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
If you like puzzles, buy this one. It's adorable!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Beautifull game. Loved the look, loved the Music. Overall one of the best games i got in the Sale (Bought around 30 games just for compairsion)

Its a bargain for the Sale price and even the full price is justified.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
A Good Snowman may be Hard To Build, but it's an immensely satisfying endeavor. There are a few relatively simple and highly intuitive mechanics that allow the game to ease you in to its puzzles before ratcheting up the challenge by subtle tweaks of the configuration. The puzzles are simple enough in design that if one has you stumped, you can roll it around in your head while you go do something else for a bit. And then just when you think you've mastered the game's last challenge, they find a clever way to turn those mechanics inside out...and now you realize you might be 50% done.
The presentation is perfect for a reflective puzzle game - soothing soundtrack, subtle sound effects, crisp and simple (yet utterly charming) visuals, and while solving a puzzle could be its own reward...well, there's an undeniable sense of contentment that comes from hugging a snowman.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
cute art and nice puzzle :D
the puzzle is hard but not that hard :3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and FUN game to play and definitely worth buying, I bought the game just by looking at the trailer and seeing this cute setting of the game just made me fall in love with it and made me just buy it without hesitation and man was i glad i found this game, it is just so FUN, CUTE and CHALLENGING, Completed it in about 2 hours and wished there were just more snowman to build :D, because this game is worth the time to play it :)!

Would recommend this to anyone who likes Snowman, a cute setting and some amazing and calm music in the background :)!

10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
160 of 192 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2015
Full disclosure: A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build was reviewed using a copy provided by the developer. Video review embedded below.

As I toddled around in the snow as its adorable monster, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build’s focus on companionship, and my consistent inability to find it in my own life.

I’ve always been introverted and awkward around people, content to spend my time alone with the easily understood companionship of a book or computer. But even as I told myself I was fine being alone, there are times when loneliness becomes overpowering; when I needed someone to talk to, someone to just be there to shake my from the confines of my subconscious and remind me life isn’t something you’re meant to go through alone.

The point of this is not to attempt to garner your sympathy, as I’ve no one to blame but myself for the solitude I’ve spent so much of my life in, but because it’s under these circumstances that I found myself connecting to A Good Snowman and it’s little monster. Trapped alone inside a walled garden, they’re desperately looking for someone to hold no matter how odd it might outwardly seem, a struggle I’m all too familiar with.

But A Good Snowman isn’t a game designed to empathize with those who feel isolated from society, but to show them that maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. It acknowledges both of the necessity of friendship, and that it’s something you have to work for and are going to make mistakes trying to find, but are never going to get there if you sit waiting for it to come find you. Figuring out how to build a snowman was important to me, not solely because of the satisfaction of solving a puzzle, but because it meant my monster didn’t have to be alone anymore.

It’s hard to properly put into words exactly why I felt so strongly about it, but standing wrapped in a hug with my new icy friend, I found it hard to let go. It’s a useless mechanic, but its inclusion was what changed A Good Snowman from a cute puzzle game, into something that felt personal and meaningful to me. I wasn’t building stacks of snow anymore; I was bringing people together, all with their own names and faces, and in some small way finding comfort in the fact that my monster’s garden was no longer empty.

Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, projecting myself on to a game in a way that was never intended, but I don’t know if it really matters to me in the end. Whatever it was originally proposed to be, to me A Good Snowman was the video game equivalent of a warm hug from someone as longing for a friend as I was. Digital or not, I didn’t realize how badly I needed one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9smxbUK8sLM&feature=youtu.be
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
I've got a couple more hours of gameplay on this than it shows. I took my PC over to my Grandpa's house, where we generally eat and watch crappy TV movies every Saturday or Sunday. No one there plays games. Period. Well, no one happened to be watching the TV, so I plugged my computer in and fired up steam in big picture mode, and started to play some Poker Night 2. Once I switched over to A Good Snowman, my family started to ask...

"What the crap is this?"
"Uhm... What?"
and my personal favorite... "You don't have a girlfriend, do you?"

But everyone kept watching. Then my cousin, my age, started to help. It took us about 15 minutes to figure out one of the puzzles, But when we did, it was like, "ohhhhhhh, wow we're dumb". My dad came over and watched a bit and laughed when I'd kick the tables or chill on the hedge while we discussed the strategy.

I must have told the game mechanics to five or six of my family, seperately, as they all started to watch and "help". My aunt finally plopped down and really started getting into it. I was starting to get bored, and tried to change games, but she started getting agitated and said, "put the snowman game back on!"

After I handed the controller over, she played with intense concentration for about an hour before we told her we needed to leave. She asked if I could build her a PC so she could play it and other similar games on her own.

Thanks, Snowman team, You guys got some of my family to actually play with me. It's only taken 15 years to get to this point.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
When I first picked up AGSIHTB, I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of its controls and concept, as well as the complexies of its artwork, puzzle-making, and beautiful, haunting soundtrack. Seemingly the only creature of your kind, you will play as a introverted and lonely, but bond-hungry Monster. Your mission is building snowmen/ma'am for a battalion of friendship to fill the void you feel whilst trapped inside your beautiful, but hopelessly empty garden. As you interact with your environment: rolling snowballs to proper sizes, sleeping on benches, hugging snowpeople you've built, and maybe ever chasing a butterfly or two, you will slowly feel empathy and maybe even frustration (depending on your puzzle skills) with Monster's situation in his botanical cell. Free yourself, and crave for something more than solitude's wintry embrace.

8.9/10
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2015
A must-have for puzzle enthusiasts!

This is without a doubt the most charming puzzle game I have ever played. You play as a featureless and lonely-looking monster who builds snowmen and gives them all their own character traits and names. And then he hugs them. Well, it's up to you really, but naturally you want to hug your new friends?

The mechanics are similar to Sokoban, but your goal is to stack three snowballs with gradually decreasing size on top of eachother to create a snowman. Snowballs come in three sizes, and what makes this less trivial than it might sound like is that a snowball rolled through a tile filled with snow will increase by one size. And if you don't have one of each size lined up properly when it's time to stack them, you'll probably have to start over. Like in Sokobond, there is a convenient erase-one-step feature too though, so if you haven't messed up too badly, you might be able to save your effort without starting over from the beginning.

As you solve puzzles, you open up more routes through the snow-clad park the game is set in. You can choose which puzzles to tackle when, to some extent, and if one particular puzzle stumps you initially, it might help to come back to it later. As you progress, you'll find more and more complex puzzles, and some of the trickier ones even require you to build two or three snowmen in the same area. If things get too tough, you might enjoy a breather on one of the many benches scattered throughout the park.

The game allows for many different interactions with your environment beyond building and hugging snowmen and they are all animated in a simple, yet delightful manner. Try kicking a table, shaking a bird bath, roughing up a flower or wrestling a pine tree. Most of these actions are inconsequential beyond adding atmosphere to the game, which they do brilliantly, but some might have unexpected results. Don't be afraid to experiment.

My first run through the game took about three hours. Or so I thought. The last required puzzle of game has you building the developers Ben & Alan's snowman equivalents. On completion of this puzzle, the gate to the exit opens and the camera pans over the park of snowmen, before a dubious "THE END?" is displayed on screen. So what's this then? I don't think I'm spoiling too much by saying that, yes, this game contains secrets. Furthermore, the secrets are excellent and complex, and they at least double the length of the game.

I am a sucker for both cleverly designed puzzles and secrets in games, and this game offers heaps of both. The switch to Haxe in place of the Adobe AIR runtime used in the developer's last game, Sokobond, even further sweetens the deal for Linux users. Throw in the gorgeous visual and audial design direction of this game and a few dozens of hugs and I'm completely sold.

In conclusion, I compell you to buy this game now if you too have a monster within you who is desperate for puzzles and affection.

Note, this is a small rewrite of a review I wrote for GamingOnLinux.com: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/adorable-sokobanlike-puzzler-a-good-snowman-is-hard-to-build-released-today-a-musthave-for-puzzle-enthusiasts.5012
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
Nice little game.

A fairly challenging puzzle game which looks fairly cute and pretty.

With trial and error you can finish it eventually.

But very small and limited, like this review.
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