The Official app of the new re-tread of the Raymond Briggs-based animated adventure, that magical Snowman is back to skew the delicate psyche of a small boy, and this time he’s brought a four-legged snowfriend. They’re walking in the air! Just don’t walk underneath them; he is a dog after all…
Accepting the fact that the holy holiday of over-indulgence is almost upon us, we’ve finally capitulated here at LOA, turned the office Cynicism Field off, the Christmas lights on, and plunged headfirst into the vast array of apps out for Advent. And first up is Channel 4’s Great White Hope for grabbing the viewing figures on Crimble Eve: The Snowman and The Snowdog.
The film in itself is an updated remake of the 30 year old classic, but instead of bobbing around over Brighton, this capital city slicker Snowman likes to take in a bit of ‘Landan’, before knocking off northwards to the Pole for a bit of a dance, complete with boy and dog. Which is pretty much the story element of the app – from the off you’re airborne, tapping snowflakes to increase your time afloat, along with a wide selection of other seasonally (and not so) themed things, such as Fairies, Presents and, erm, Ice Creams, to complete each area’s challenges and your quest to be on top of the world.
Rendered in exactly the same, beloved, hand-drawn style as the original animation, gameplay is gentle, letting the aerial adventure slide by smoothly as the open-for-exploration 3D world glides by beneath to a tinkling soundtrack.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A charming if largely challenge-free companion to Channel 4’s reshaped Snowman, if you want to calm the kids on Christmas Eve, this Snowman with Added Dog app will do the job nicely.