- System: Microsoft Windows, PC(Steam)
- Publisher: Sekai Project
- Developer: stage-nana
- Release Date: Dec. 13, 2019
- Pricing:$13.49 US
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Casual, Visual Novel
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1150550/Winter_Polaris/
Who it Caters to
That means Winter Polaris also caters to people that wouldn’t normally play a visual novel because they don’t want just fan service and pandering; this game is not that. Instead, people who like serious anime, manga, and novels are the ones who would like Winter Polaris the most. It caters to anyone looking for a deeper story, characters they can get invested in, and a game they can’t necessarily predict every step of the way.
What to Expect
Winter Polaris is a visual novel, so it’s important to expect visual novel gameplay. That means no fighting, health bars, inventory, experience, etc. Rather, it’s like reading a book that is fully illustrated and voice acted for you. You are just along for the ride, taking the place of the main character as the story unfolds before you. While you can expect to feel like a part of the story if you let yourself get immersed in the narrative, you do not actually affect the story itself at all. Especially if you aren’t used to playing visual novels, it’s important to expect this going into it.
The second story is called Sweeper Swimmer. The main character, Elena, lives in a rural seaside town where she works as a courier. When she goes to make some deliveries by sea after a big storm, Elena discovers a girl floating in the water, barely alive. Elena scrambles to rescue the girl, and the girl drops a strange object made of glass. Upon further inspection, Elena discovers the object is beyond any technology and craftsmanship she has ever seen. Who is this mysterious girl, and what is the strange item she has with her?
Winter Polaris fully supports Steam’s achievements so you can compare your progress with your friends and revel in your own achievements.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Winter Polaris isn’t actually that long, so it’s not such a daunting task for busy people. Some visual novels are a huge time commitment to get through, but Winter Polaris isn’t one of them.
- Winter Polaris is simple enough that literally anyone can play it and enjoy the experience without stress. All you have to do is click!
- The art in Winter Polaris is beautiful. You may find yourself occasionally lingering on the screen to enjoy it (that is if you can keep yourself from devouring the mystery narrative long enough to do so!).
- Winter Polaris is really emotional. It does an incredible job of making you actually care about the characters and their narrative, and tells a story dealing with very real human feelings. If you’re sensitive, be sure to have tissues ready, because Winter Polaris will stir up the emotions of everyone.
- Winter Polaris isn’t very long. We listed it as a pro too, but there are two sides to the coin. For some visual novel fans, the short length will be disappointing. Others may not feel like the game was long enough for the cost.
- Winter Polaris deals with some dark themes that may be off-putting to some gamers (like suicide and gore). While not necessarily a con for everyone, it’s good to know before starting the game in case that’s a deal-breaker for you.
- Winter Polaris has a very specific presentation style that takes adjusting to. It uses thick black borders with a thin line of art in the middle, unlike most visual novels that have full-page illustrations.
- Winter Polaris does not distinguish which character is talking when no avatar is displayed. If you don’t know their voices or aren’t paying close attention, it’s easy to get confused about who is saying what.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Have you played Winter Polaris? What did you think of it? Do you want to try it out now? Do you usually play visual novels, or are you going to give this one a chance since it’s not your usual VN? Drop us a question or comment before you leave!