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App description: "Bear Winter might be the most romantic Match-3 game Ive ever played." - Gamezebo

"Bear Winter's tranquil piano soundtrack and lazy snowfall backdrop barely shield a merciless survival game." - Pocket Gamer

"7/10" -Pocket Gamer, Bronze Award

I travel, alone, deep into the wilderness to find her.
I find fires to stay warm.
I gather acorns to refill my health.
I collect arrows to be ready.

Then the ice bears come.

- Visit the wilderness via beautiful pseudo-retro graphics
- Haunting, gorgeous soundtrack
- Addictive bite-sized gameplay
- Enthralling story
- Original matching mechanic -- not a "match-three" clone
- Challenging strategy -- each item performs a different function
- How many days can you survive?
01-13-2015, 03:13 PM
#2
Nice little free game.....I'd change the icon. Been thinking of ways to vary it up just a little.
I'd recommend at least trying it for sure

01-13-2015, 03:44 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,923
Agreed. It has a unique theme, challenging gameplay, and polished graphics and sound.

The only issue (for me and probably high score chasers) is the pay model. Coins can be bought via IAP which allow you to continue (up to 3 times) after death. Ads can be watched for coins as well. For a game about stark survival that tracks scores via GC, it seems a little off to use this mechanic.

Otherwise, the game is definitely worthwhile and recommended.
01-15-2015, 09:25 AM
#4
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 103
Difficult, I can't get through Day 2. But emotional and engrossing in an odd way. Minimalist.
01-16-2015, 08:20 AM
#5
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,585
I love this game but as Guise posted: what a shame that the game makes the leaderboards somewhat meaningless with it's "pay to win" approach to monetization. I would have preferred to have paid a couple of dollars for it and there to be no continues or at least no way to earn coins except through play.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve

Last edited by slewis7; 01-16-2015 at 08:31 AM.
01-17-2015, 07:17 AM
#6
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,585
Concerning the "pay to win" discussion from my prior post here, I emailed the developer from theiir web site and I got the following response:

Hi Steve,

We thought long and hard about how to do a free game without making it pay-to-win. There are some key components here you may or may not be aware of:

1. You can only continue up to three times on a single game, significantly limiting the impact of purchased coins on top scores.

2. Once you get good at the game, you can earn enough coins for a continue in just a game or two by collecting bears.

Several of our testers reached the highest scores without ever buying coins.

We're still open to other options, though, and may soon implement a purchase that removes coins entirely, so you can just use all three continues every game. (Basically buying the "full version" of the game.)

I'll be sure to check out that thread. Feel free to post my response, and we'd appreciate any more feedback you have on our thought process here. Thanks!


John Plewe
Game Designer
Nevercenter


That seems like a very reasonable explanation to me and I would certainly support that "remove coins" IAP if they implement it.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
01-17-2015, 11:30 AM
#7
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 103
I do enjoy this game but have yet to finish even day 2. Seems the difficulty isn't quite scaled well.
01-17-2015, 01:11 PM
#8
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,585
Quote:
Originally Posted by hokiefan85 View Post
I do enjoy this game but have yet to finish even day 2. Seems the difficulty isn't quite scaled well.
Try to think a move or two ahead and you should make it past day two with too much trouble. My best is 5 days and 55 bears.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
01-17-2015, 04:44 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,923
Quote:
Originally Posted by slewis7 View Post
Concerning the "pay to win" discussion from my prior post here, I emailed the developer from theiir web site and I got the following response:

Hi Steve,

We thought long and hard about how to do a free game without making it pay-to-win. There are some key components here you may or may not be aware of:

1. You can only continue up to three times on a single game, significantly limiting the impact of purchased coins on top scores.

2. Once you get good at the game, you can earn enough coins for a continue in just a game or two by collecting bears.

Several of our testers reached the highest scores without ever buying coins.

We're still open to other options, though, and may soon implement a purchase that removes coins entirely, so you can just use all three continues every game. (Basically buying the "full version" of the game.)

I'll be sure to check out that thread. Feel free to post my response, and we'd appreciate any more feedback you have on our thought process here. Thanks!


John Plewe
Game Designer
Nevercenter


That seems like a very reasonable explanation to me and I would certainly support that "remove coins" IAP if they implement it.
Yeah, I realized after writing my post that the 3 continue limit does balance the 'pay to win' aspect a bit. And I definitely think the developers had good intentions with the pay model. I'd pay for the "full version" mentioned even after buying a small IAP to support the developer. Again, the game is certainly worthwhile and recommended as is.
01-17-2015, 05:23 PM
#10
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,585
The real compromise in the game, per the continues, is that it seems a bit silly to have both hearts and lives. It would be better to have one or the other but not both. Still, no matter: this is an excellent game.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve