March 2012

My Return to Snow Bros

It's been at least 20 years since I last played, but my hands remember every move

 

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska in the 1980s. If you were a kid in Anchorage before the internet was invented, your options for entertainment were few. One of the biggest draws, especially for geeky kids, was the video game arcade Hanger 18 off the ever-so-seedy Spenard Boulevard.
 
It was there that I discovered Snow Bros. What is it about a game that captures a person's heart? Snow Bros is, to put it mildly, not a game that set the world on fire. But I was smitten with it from the very beginning. It was something about the combination of in-game physics, cheerful snowmen, wacky monsters, and the way that strategy matters more than your fast-twitch response time.