As much as we’d love to profile every brave roguelite on PC, some slip past us with the grace of graceful sword-wielding warriors, dodging their path on cold, dead nights.Which is appropriate, as this fits the description of the hero core exactly warm snowa Chinese game from developer BadMudStudio, has quietly grown to become one of the most popular games on Steam.
With over 12,000 Steam reviews with 91% positive reviews and some consistently high player counts, how could we miss this December gem? Well, looking at the reviews, 97% are Chinese, and the game has never actually made an announcement in English. All the screenshots are also in Chinese, which may be enough to repel non-Chinese speakers (even if you can play it with a less-than-perfect English translation).
The game casts you as Bi-An, a lone warrior who goes on a crusade with some big bad tribes to save the world from what is known as the “warm snow” that drives everyone crazy and for you of blood.
From the looks of things, it has a hell-like loop that forces you to kill all enemies in an area before branching paths through its fantasy Chinese feudal lands emerge. As you progress, you’ll pick up random artifacts and weapons, but you’ll also receive cards that let you choose a different “sect,” which allows you to choose how Bi-An will be developed for this game.
It’s a roguelite where you start over after you die, but at least in your in-game purgatory, you can smoke a pipe with a sultry ghostly giantess who sells you boosts and upgrades in exchange for some kind of soul-like currency for you Money earned while running.
After going through the demo, it feels like everything is fine. The controls are nifty, and in addition to the upgradeable swords, I love that you can also throw away a bunch of auto-aiming throwing daggers that fly back to you at the touch of a button.
Looking for a new sharp roguelite to blow your head off? This one is worth a look (and given its relative obscurity outside of China, you can also brag to your friends that you “discovered” it).