Before I started playing, I was reminded of the excellent The Frostrune, which I had played and thoroughly enjoyed 3 months previously. I was hoping Midvinter would be something similar.
Well, it partly is, but it is let down by its length.
The premise is certainly intriguing. Playing as a gnome I was immediately reminded of my own childhood through the comments and superstitions of the family who move into the farmhouse above the gnome’s abode. I was further drawn in by the characters the gnome encounters, the simple, but rewarding tasks and the delightful music.
Gameplay is straightforward and the slow movement of the shuffling gnome makes for a very relaxing experience. I only encountered one small bug, which was easily dealt with by reloading.
So why the rather low score? Aside from the simplicity, the length is the biggest detraction. I was moving along with the tasks at hand and working on the fulfillment of a couple of mini quests when the game just ended. I was brought back in front of the farmhouse and given a brief ending scene. 30 minutes and it was all over. I don’t consider this anywhere near enough time to get fully involved in a game.
I am the type of player that does not enjoy replaying games just to get every ending. Once I finish an adventure game, I consider it over and set it aside for 10 years or so before it may get played again. So while I am disinterested in trying again for a different ending, other adventurers may be fine be with this and get more mileage as a result.
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Time Played: Under 1 hour
Difficulty: Very Easy