A warm front may be working its way across the United States like a continent-sized comforter, but let’s get serious, winter’s not over yet. Not by a long shot. March, with its ice storms and frigid temps, hasn’t begun. This is not the time to excavate cargo shorts from the attic. Instead, embrace the winter. Sap the season for every romantic, idealistic, magical drop it contains. Catch a few snowflakes on your tongue – even if they’re the digital kind.
In “January,” a browser game by composer Rich Vreeland (Fez, Drawn to Live: The Next Chapter), the red-capped character collects snowflakes with his mouth muscle. Each melted flake plucks a musical note that, over the course of the game, form a tune.
This isn’t “Halo” or “Heavy Rain,” there are no explosions or expository cut scenes. There’s no princess or castle at the end of the stage. Snow-caked boots carry a young man to a log cabin, where the game restarts — another snowy tune waiting to be composed. It’s subtle, relaxing and a little pointless, you know, in a good way. Only using the arrow keys to move, the other hand can handle hot coca duties.
Winter is here. Enjoy it. And if you live in Hawaii and the weather is perfect and so is your tan, you should know this is what snow season is like for the rest of us. What you’ve heard about catching the flu and falling on ice: lies. Just romantic, gentle, musical snow flurries. Be jealous.