Come December, snow plays a major role in the lives of many. The cold winter arrives, days become shorter and a white wonderland replaces the surroundings. While winter can be attractive for many, there is also clear relief when spring begins to near. However, video games taking place in a cold climate can be enjoyed any time from the comfort of a living room. There is a satisfying element to seeing a snowy, frozen terrain while nestled comfortably in a warm home. The following are the 10 most memorable levels or sections of games that take place in the snow.
10. “Snowpeak Ruins” – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
“Snowpeak Ruins,” along with its haunting melody, is one of the more unique dungeons in the Zelda universe. Rather than being the typical temple or abandoned sanctuary, “Snowpeak Ruins” is a giant manor that has been overtaken by the cold. Slippery floors and frozen foes infest this mansion located high in the snowy mountains. In order to arrive at the ruins, a frozen lake must first be traversed. If Link touches the water, he freezes. This sets the tone for how cold the area will be and is a refreshing challenge. Of course, the highlight of the trek to the ruins is the encounter with a Yeti who opens up a snowboarding mini-game. Link on a snowboard is not something audiences ever envisioned seeing and is indicative of the imagination present in this game. “Snowpeak Ruins” as a total area has a distinct winter feel and is one of the greatest snow areas ever created.