This list is the follow-up to the equally stupid “Fireside Games“. This will be a completely arbitrary list of games that make me smile. Games that are pure unadulterated fun with none of the heaviness that might come from more epic titles. They are games that make you giddy just thinking about them, and have the same refreshing optimism that Spring yields. So, on with the list!
Yes, I chose a snow game to start off my Spring list. Don’t judge me! This, I think, is the very first console game I ever played. If not, it’s the first one I played to any significant extent. I didn’t have any home consoles growing up until the N64, but my friend Sean Osmond had an NES and I went to his house whenever I could. We basically just played Snow Brothers until I had to go home. It’s not terribly original or anything, but it is just pure fun. Local co-op at its best as you and a friend turn baddies into snowballs and strategically send them careening offscreen. It’s the perfect model of “just one more level” gameplay, which is just the sort of pure fun that makes a game sneak its way onto this list.
Looking back, I think I kinda sucked at it and I don’t know if Sean and I ever beat it, but that wasn’t the point so much as competing for more snowballs and seeing who could run to the power-ups first. Maybe if I played it now, I’d think it sucked, but there’s too much nostalgia and history there as my first addictive game to ignore it as a Sunshine Game.
There’s not much more I can say about Snow Bros except that if you’ve never heard of it (and I don’t blame you), check out the old school 8-bit graphics and sound embedded below and see what you’ve been missing!