Movie Tie-In Games Sure Are Getting Fancy

Would you believe this lovely hand-drawn collectible card-based role-playing game is based on the upcoming prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman?


We don’t get movie tie-in games on PC and console much these days. It’s normally something cheap and derivative for mobile phones and tablets, little more than digital advertisements pasted over popular existing titles. When a movie game does come to more traditional platforms, it has to stand out.

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So here we have The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse, an episodic role-playing game coming to Windows and Mac on April 20 and PlayStation 4 later this year. Based on The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which arrives in North American theaters on April 22 (released in Europe last week), the game tells an original story set during the events of the film. From the game’s official website:

Winter is fast approaching as Queen Freya’s army marches relentlessly on the White Lands. Beneath the shadow of that deadly war Elisabeth’s quiet life on her family’s farm in Vardhelm comes to an abrupt end as she embarks on a journey of her own. Join her on a quest to find her missing brothers as you explore an expanded Huntsman universe, one where you’ll encounter both familiar faces and new dangers, all while discovering the secret Elisabeth herself unknowingly carries.

Well that certainly stands out.

The game is the work of Desert Owl Games, the folks behind card-based strategy title Pox Nora. The studio’s most recent game, a science-fantasy turn-based strategy game called Void Rim, is currently on hold while they focus on other projects. Projects like licensed games that help pay the bills I’m guessing.

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The first episode (or book, as they call it) of The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse will be released for free on Steam for PC and Mac April 20. Subsequent episodes will be made available for a fee.


Hopefully it plays as well as it looks. I’d love to get to a place where I start looking forward to PC and console movie games again, and not just because they’re hilariously horrid.

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Do they explain how the Huntsman looks younger in the original even though it’s set ~20 years after Winter’s War? (I mean, it has to be that much earlier, right? Snow White is in her 20s in the original and, from what can be gleamed from the trailers, not yet born in this new one.)