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Level: LB Advent Calendar 2005 - Snow Queen - The Village back home search
Author(s): Lumina Artis Coloris
total rating:7.19 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Akcy 7 7 9 10
CC 7 7 6 6
Duncan 6 6 8 8
eTux 5 6 7 6
Gerty 7 8 8 7
Jay 7 8 9 8
Jose 7 8 9 8
Kristina 6 8 8 7
manarch2 3 5 5 5
MichaelP 6 8 8 7
misho98 7 8 9 9
Moonpooka 8 8 9 9
Obig 8 8 10 9
Orbit Dream 6 6 8 8
Phil 8 8 8 8
reborn1995 5 4 7 6
Sash 5 5 7 7
category averages
(17 reviews)
6.35 6.94 7.94 7.53

Reviewer's comments

"The screens of the village looked fairly nice, and there are indeed some rather charming places - but all in all this level is fairly simplistic. The architecture is little more than basic, there are a lot of misplaced textures, wrongly placed objects and animations, missing item names and several other shortcomings. The background audios are also fairly strange, they change in every house which is really not so nice. With a few cute objects used and colourful texturing the level isn't unattractive, but there are just too many issues in here that could and should have been ironed out to make this a decent little town level. There is one single pushable puzzle (in which a table has to be placed on a clearly marked tile nearby), but the rest of the level is solely the usual uninspired key search without any diversion. Sorry but I didn't enjoy this 10 minute long level much; at least the three secrets are nicely hidden." - manarch2 (01-Jan-2016)

"Lovely level with quite easy and kinda repetitive but still fun gameplay. This adventure offers a big variety of Christmas objects and textures and the atmosphere is great, the music fits great with everything. I think it took me about half an hour. Loved it, check it!" - misho98 (06-Dec-2014)

"This short little seasonal level tries really hard to please,and it generally succeeds.The small town is quite charming,and well constructed.The snowy ambience is effective,and the objects and decorations are placed with care.The use of music is somewhat questionable,though.I know it's purely a matter of personal taste,but I found the first audio sample to be so incessantly and relentlessly charming that,far from generating the festive spirit,merely prompted me to shout "Oh,please shut the **** up!!".Although the other musical choices were more satisfying to listen to,the builders decision to trigger audio samples whenever Lara runs into a different room inevitably leads to a dis-jointed mish-mash of background music. Gameplay-wise,this is mostly "search for the key to unlock the next door",and is generally straightforward and pretty obvious;although I disliked that "stand Lara at exactly the correct angle in order for her to place an object" puzzle;and why were three tables pushable,when only one was actually used to hide anything? Nonetheless,for all the nit-picking,there are many charming moments. Ringing the Church bells,for example;or the interesting searching for the three secrets;the peacefulness of the little township;the overall progression through all the hitherto unreachable areas. Overall:thirty minutes of pleasant exploration." - Orbit Dream (24-Nov-2012)

"It's quite ironic that a level that's supposed to make you feel good and spread festive atmosphere in the end makes you feel bad about yourself... when it gets to reviewing the level. Well, purely arithmetically my scores are not the lowest and I did not find the level to be bad overall, but it does get a bit awkward when you feel compelled to rate it higher than you usually would just because it's an advent calendar or easter level. Maybe that's only my problem, but as said - I didn't find this village level to be bad, the atmosphere was quite charming with all the decorations, snowfall and festive puzzle items and the gameplay quite simple and fitting for the concept, but there were a number of problems that sort of spoiled it for me. The simplistic looks mostly in the interior settings, Lara opening the doors using her otherwise latent telekinetic powers, the crashes that sometimes occur for no reason and as much as the simple A to B switch and key-fetching gameplay works in favor of the levels concept it also is its pitfall if you expect more from it. I also was not sure what one of the switch in the church did, I assumed it was for a secret as I had only found 1 when all was said and done. If you want a feel-good festive adventure you won't go wrong here, but this might leave you wishing for more if you expect a complex adventure when starting this up." - eTux (22-Oct-2007)

"Lara goes around in a very nice town. Gameplay is easy, except from one tricky jump for one of the 3 secrets. There are some bugs, but all in all a good level, with festive atmosphere, the musics were very fitting, just changed too often. A nice addition to the Calendar." - Akcy (07-Jan-2007)

"The best part of the level is the decor. the village is worth strolling around just for scenery's sake--nice Christmas atmosphere. the music wasn't great in my opinion. sometimes the animations didn't make sense. there were an insane amount of medipaks for there to be no enemies or traps. i'll admit, i didn't finish it though--the game kept crashing like crazy (which hasn't happened to me on any other level). --Guy" - reborn1995 (02-Dec-2006)

"This is more like it, presents, Christmas trees and a jolly atmosphere around. Lara will be gathering presents, gifts and keys as well as a special item and a token to exit the level. I got confused with a timed switch that seemed to do nothing and an enigmatic camera so I am not sure if I missed something or not. It is a non violent game so suitable for kids and offers a relaxing half an hour. I found three white roses which served as secrets. Try it out as well as all the Advent Calendar levels." - Kristina (05-Mar-2006)

"This level is fantastic. We have to find the Coin in a wonderful district in order to go out to the snowy land. In the meantime we have to find keys and other items and we also have to notice a lever on a wall. There are more of pushable tables, but only one of them is important if you want to find all 3 secrets, where you can get ice-roses. :) There's a timed switch in one of the houses, but I couldn't find any use of it, because it didn't open the other door there. The textures are gorgeous, and so are the added sounds too. This level gave me a real Christmas experience, a great recreation. Play it! :) You can find a Hungarian walkthrough (as we don't have English version), savegames and pictures here: http://treditor.hu/16/the_snow_queen.htm" - Obig (25-Jan-2006)

"A beautiful little village is the setting here, collecting keys and presents is the way to get around until you finally collect a coin that will open the gate out of town. The gaming Iíd have to say let the level down as it was slightly too basic and held no real challenge but the look of the place was so pleasant you couldnít help but be happy to be playing this level. I collected 3 rose secrets in the 20 minutes this took to play and found that on the balcony where the red key is the game would crash it I walked to one end, also some of the animations were incorrect but neither of these were too big a deal." - Sash (07-Jan-2006)

"Nice musics, christmas ambience in a small village located in... center Europe? Not special tasks, you'll only have to pull switches and unlocking keyholes. No enemies and neither dangerous situations. In the trees shop, where the first key was, there is something under one of the trees but I couldn't pick it up. I couldn't enter in the inner rooms of the building with the clock too (church?). Pretty textures, but lights aren't very worked. A calm level to play with no worry." - Josť (31-Dec-2005)

"Iíll mention the not-so-good news first, so that I can get onto describing this lovely Christmas level. Unfortunately there are a few problems. Reaching the balcony where you pick up a red key, do not move toward the end of the balcony or the level will crash and you'll lose everything; turn around immediately and go back through the door. Then there are run-through objects, hard to pick up items, the wrong animation opening doors, pickups sticking out of objects, Lara being able to climb in through closed windows. Lara looks great though, but when she lights a flare a streak appears through her arm. But I won't dwell on this too much because after all this is the season of good will. It's a Christmas level made for children. So now I'll move quickly on to the good stuff. This is a beautiful ye olde town, with gabled roofs, town square, a little Christmas tree park, snowmen, beautiful animated lights, and a church where we can ring the bell anytime we like. Initially we find lots of presents and chocolate, then we must find keys to open doors and the lovely white rose secrets. There are tables to push around, but only two of them actually Ďdoí something. The bell-ringing switch is timed, and this caused some confusion as I ran in every direction trying to find what had happened. It's just for the bell. A very short level, but looks lovely and Christmassy." - CC (23-Dec-2005)

"By the start you see that Lara has the wrong animation by opening a door. That however doesnít hinder you to continue. There is also a mysterious timed switch and the first time around you get a cut scene of the Church Tower and you hear the bells ringing. I never found a door that opened so I think that was it. Further you pick up gifts and presents and roses. The latter are secrets. Finding Keys and using one of the gifts is the way to proceed and the last thing you need to pick up is a Coin. The whole lay out was very enchanting with Xmas trees and stalls, very festive was the lightning. The added music was nice but changed abruptly when Lara choose to run in a different direction, that was a shame though. 06-12-2005" - Gerty (23-Dec-2005)

"Maybe the quaintest and most beautiful snow village setting I have seen so far in a level; well the atmosphere was quite stunning with the snow falling, the chirpy throngs of Christmas music, and the cute little buildings which were really inviting inside when you looked through the windows, and Lara could also go ring the church bells which I thought was a really nice touch. Game play is simple and just what I like in a Christmas level, I donít want to be stuck for hours and end up frustrated. Lara will be finding keys, holly, and gifts to proceed through the various buildings and rooms, then eventually she will gain the coin and can leave the village; hopefully she will also have three secrets stashed in her back pack." - Moonpooka (21-Dec-2005)

"A pleasant little village setting with vey subdued gameplay. This one is easy to get through. My only complaint is the way the music would change as Lara ran from one section to the other. I liked the level, and it's a nice piece for a quiet, low-key evening." - Duncan (18-Dec-2005)

"This is short and sweet at about 20 minutes spent in a truly charming little village, exploring for a set of keys. The xmas audios are nice, but they sometimes do change a bit often and abrupt as you progress from house to house. Only a few levers to use, things to find and tables to push around. There are three rose secrets and I thought the ringing of the bells was a really nice touch." - MichaelP (16-Dec-2005)

"This is a fairytale, snow covered village Ė a really beautiful setting. Itís very pleasant running around, exploring, finding keys, presents, pudding decorations etc. This would be an excellent level for the kiddies this Advent Ė itís short, easy, charming and, of course, enemy free. I particularly liked the various catchy, seasonal audio files for the different areas." - Jay (16-Dec-2005)

"This is a charming little level with looping Christmas music that changes as you go from area to area. There are no enemies, as befits an Advent level, and a walkthrough is really not needed to progress through the alleys and buildings of a quaint deserted village at nighttime. However, since Val was so kind as to provide one (and I would never have found the third secret without it), I used it and kept my playing time down to 20 minutes or so. A pleasant little diversion that players of all ages and skill levels will enjoy." - Phil (10-Dec-2005)
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