Do you live in a warm place and dream of snowball fights and sledding? Is there too much snow outside but you still wish to play with it inside? Are you looking for snow games for kids? Or do you simply want to get in the winter mood? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our list of 35 winter video games starting with…
Single-player video games
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Do you like single-player games? This section is for you! Enjoy the snowy landscapes in winter video games all alone.
The Long Dark
Winter nights are long and dark. Explore a frozen wilderness in The Long Dark, an open-world survival game with crafting and permadeath. That’s one of only a handful of safe methods to try out living in a post-apocalyptic environment while enjoying the beautiful northern lights.
Fulfill your dream of becoming the ruler of a city, even if it’s the last city on Earth. And your choices have terrible consequences. Okay, it’s not exactly a dream job after all… Nevertheless, this post-apocalyptic city builder from the creators of This War of Mineset in an atmospheric winter steampunk world is worth a try.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Ah, the snowy mountains of Skellige Isles… Although surrounded by monsters hiding near the roads, numerous snowy villages and the city of Kaer Trolde will make you feel as if you’re on a relaxing trip. One with sirens and ice giants.
In short, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a must for fans of fantasy RPG with an open world and a captivating storyline. And snow.
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Skyrim
Another vibrant fantasy RPG in which you can explore a dazzling open world. In Oblivion, the snowy part lies in the north of Cyrodiil, in County Bruma. In Skyrim, the titular mountainous region lies in a cold climate, especially its northern parts. Accompanied by the stunning music by Jeremy Soule, the games are a great place to visit for hiking at home. And dragons? Not really a threat, just a great feature.
Join Kate Walker on her journey across Europe to the mystical Syberia in search of Hans Voralberg, the owner of an automaton toy factory. The puzzle-adventure with a rich storyline and a female protagonist will not only give you snowy views, although most of it in Syberia II, but also a touching tale with a retro vibe.
Evil stirs beneath the Spine of the World. Visit the icy tundra of Icewind Dale in an isometric RPG, Dungeons & Dragons game from the world of the Forgotten Realms. Travel to the frozen land and, if you feel that the game’s too hard, simply enjoy the views.
Do you have enough of fighting in video games? Then don’t fight anyone. Simply negotiate your way out as a human who fell into this world of monsters. Undertale is cute, 2D, and looks like a retro game. The village called Snowdin and a forest nearby are covered with snow, further enhancing the cozy atmosphere of the game. Unless you want to make it a horror game by not negotiating and just destroying everyone. Then it just enhances the horror part.
Assassin’s Creed III
Take part in the American Revolution of 1775 as Connor, a part-Native American, part-English Assassin. Visit bustling cities, survive on chaotic battlefields, and walk on snowy terrains. Assassin’s Creed IIIallows you to trudge through snow as it hinders your movement and leave footprints in it, which can be later hidden during snowy weather. Play it for the snow—not for the action adventure, stealth, or the emotional storytelling; just for the possibility to leave lots of footprints.
Winter returns to Moscow in Metro Exodus. If you find snowy post-apocalyptic cities appealing, this is the game to try. The atmospheric Russian wilderness is a great background for a shooter and survival horror, but nothing can beat the sound of snow creaking under your shoes in a city filled with mutants.
I am Setsuna
I am Setsuna is a turn-based JRPG set in a snowy land. Inspired by Chrono Trigger, the game follows an emotional story of Setsuna, accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack. A fiend received a sacrifice every decade to maintain peace. Chosen as the next sacrifice, Setsuna must now travel to a far-away land to participate in the ceremony. It’s simply a winter video game worth experiencing.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Two brothers set out on a journey to find a cure for their father. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sonsis a story-rich adventure game, guiding you through a Scandinavian land, full of myths and fairy-tales. It’s an immersive and memorable winter video game with a unique (and fun!) mechanic. Each brother possesses certain skills and you need to control them both to solve puzzles and make it through obstacles. It’s a short game, but the experience is immense.
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Maybe you appreciate sharing the experience more than enjoying lonely winter walks. What do you say to these co-op games then?
Red Wings: Aces of the Sky
An arcade action game that allows you to experience sky-high thrills of WW1 battles in local co-op. Red Wings: Aces of the Sky shines when it comes to playing with a friend, with a variety of missions that will have you fulfil objectives, face other players, or enjoy a Hide N’ Seek match on snowy maps. And if you play solo, there are timed and survival missions to keep you busy. Take off!
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You can always count on your friends to back-stab you in video games. Project Winter allows you to enjoy an 8-player multiplayer game of betrayal in winter wilderness. Cute. How long can you survive in online co-op?
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Atmospheric indie platformer for local multiplayer fans. Never Alone transports you to a world inspired by myths and stories of Alaska natives, the Iñupiat. Take control of Nuna and her fox with your friend as you brave the icy Arctic, threatened by an eternal blizzard. If there’s no friend around, you can play the game in single player too.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Solve puzzles in fairytale landscapes solo or with friends—up to two (classic mode) or three (unlimited mode). The Snow-Topped Heights and A Wintery Morning snow levels are the ones in which Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief traverse enchanting snowy landscapes. Why not join them?
How will you be remembered? Moon Hunters, a roguelite RPG, can gather four heroes together to answer the question. The moon doesn’t rise over Issaria and the land is threatened by monsters, which is the perfect opportunity to take action and create a whole mythology for yourselves. The free expansion available on PC, Eternal Echoes, introduces a snowy village to the story and a new class, Snowdancer. Well, we can already feel the temperature dropping.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
What screams “winter” louder than a snowy Siberia, now with an online co-op endurance mode in the Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC? If surviving cold wilderness is your thing (and it is, if you’ve read this far!), join Lara Croft on her first journey on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (the DLC doesn’t work on Xbox 360).
Enter the open world of the Alps and don’t forget your winter sports gear! Skiing, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, and paragliding—why choose, just try everything for much less than a real trip would cost you and your friends. Enjoy chilly online multiplayer for up to 4 players. And in case anyone dares to say “pics or didn’t happen”, capture your stunts and share them on social media.
What to do if you prefer off-road games to staying on a ski slope? Turn to SnowRunner, previously known as MudRunner 2. Drive powerful vehicles in extreme environments, through mud and snow, and play up to 4 players. Ride through the snow like a modern Santa and don’t forget to check out some SnowRunner mods.
Norse mythology, vikings, and strategy. A story that begins with a regicide and journey. New lands waiting to be explored, filled with danger…and riches. At its core, Northgard is a colony sim and rts, a management game in which you grow your medieval-like village. When winter comes, it simply gets harder—food is scarce, wood consumption increases, military power decreases because of the cold. Play in different multiplayer modes available in the game and see who’ll survive the longest.
The Wild Eight
Just in case you needed more winter survival games, here’s another one. A mysterious plane crash leaves you stranded in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. Survive alone or with up to seven friends in online multiplayer. Hunt or be hunted.
As a beautiful indie game set in a mysterious world, Journey is more than just a walking simulator. Well, it is a walking sim, but it’s incredibly atmospheric and relaxing. It’s also a family friendly game, something to play with kids. Online multiplayer allows you to play with random strangers you meet on your journey only (sorry, friends!), but hey, it’s kinda like real life. And it has a snowy world, too!
AER Memories of Old
Since you hold the power of transforming into a bird, the open world of AER Memories of Old can’t keep its secrets from you. Fly between floating islands, discover hidden secrets, and solve puzzles in this relaxing game with a female protagonist. A snow area is only one of many interesting places to visit.
Video games for kids
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And snow games for kids? We’ve got that covered too. You may find some of them nostalgic, so why not get back to them yourself too?
If you’re looking for a house party game, try renovating like there’s no tomorrow in Tools Up!. It’s a bit “games like Overcooked” style, colorful, and for all ages. Play with friends in local multiplayer for up to 4 players. Can your friendship withstand the challenge of icy levels?
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Roki is one of the cute family friendly indie games 2020 with non-violent gameplay. Explore the world of Scandinavian folklore as you help Tove save her family. Roki is a relaxing and casual game, with its visual style enhancing the experience. Solve puzzles one by one, until you learn more about the touching tale.
How do you even start to explain Minecraft? It’s a great 3D sandbox game that took the world by storm. Visit randomly generated environments of all climates, craft weapons, and fight enemies, but most of all, build your dream constructions or recreate existing ones. The game can be enjoyed in multiplayer and there are already many Minecraft add-ons and maps to choose from. Become the ice king or queen of your Minecraft snow biome.
If you enjoyed Minecraft and have a thing for 2D games, Terraria is a great choice. The tundra Terraria featuresis like the Minecraft snow biome. As a sandbox game, Terraria allows you to choose your favorite pastime—will you focus on building snow huts and warm cottages or throw yourself head-first against monsters? In addition, you can join or fight against other players in online co-op and online PvP modes.
Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins
The latest Rayman games, Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins, took the series back to a 2D world, extremely colorful and family friendly. Discover (or go back to!) a fast-paced platformer as you literally dash through the snow in some of many bright levels.
Kao the Kangaroo
If you’ve never met Kao the Kangaroo before, it’s always a good time to befriend him. Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 is a family friendly game, still available today, and a new game is scheduled for 2021. In addition to jumping on snowy platforms, Kao snowboards and slides on ice in snow levels. Revisit this retro game of your childhood with your kids. Or without kids.
If endless snowboarding in a cute world sounds good to you, try Alto’s Adventure. It’s a tranquil game in which you’ll be sometimes pursued by llamas. Sadly, you can’t pet the llamas, but if you get bored with the endless mode, you can complete levels with different objectives.
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
Do you want to build a snowman? A Good Snowman Is Hard To Buildis a cute puzzle game in which you’re a monster and you build snowmen. Make snowballs, stack them in the correct order, and name your creation. It’s a nice choice for sokoban fans.
Icy Tower is a nostalgic game for many people. Available as freeware, it was often installed on school computers. The goal of the game is to climb the titular tower by jumping on platforms and creating jumping combos. As the platforms become shorter and more slippery with each floor, the game is quite a challenge. Jump a bit if you enjoy retro video games.
Deluxe Ski Jump
Did you spend hours pretending to be a ski jumper as a kid? We did! Deluxe Ski Jump is a retro sports game that was insanely addictive. You just needed to jump at the right moment, but the emotions when beating the previous score were so real. The game gained so much popularity that it received a few sequels, although the last one came out in 2011, so that’s a pretty long time ago. Well, looks like our ski jumping career is on hiatus.
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