January 1, 2014 7:15 PM | Lena LeRay
48-hour Japanese game jam Murigee finished its 13th edition at the stroke of midnight, and this time around the theme was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Some of the games are unfriendly to non-Japanese speakers, of course, but many don't require reading to play.
The official theme announcement, translated, reads:
The finish isn't 12 midnight,
it's the end of the year.
If you're late, the spell will break and the pumpkin carriage--
Oh, crap, got it mixed up with Cinderella.
Well, stuff happens.
You can comb through the list of games yourself, but here are a few games that can be played without knowing any Japanese.
In Snow White vs. The Old Woman, the player moves the dwarf around via mouse click, trying to catch apples before they hit Snow White. If Snow White gets hit by apples three times or the dwarf gets impaled on one of the daggers Snow White is throwing at the witch three times, the game is over. Until then, the player gets 50 points for every apple intercepted and 10 points for every dagger that hits Snow White's stepmother in disguise.
Hakusetsuki is one of those games where the theme is superficially applied to unrelated gameplay, but the unrelated gameplay is good. It's a simple yet fast-paced rhythm game. An image of Snow White is superimposed over the center of a metronome, and once the game starts the player must move the metronome's needle back and forth to the music by moving the mouse to slice apples in half. There's a visual indicator to tell you how to swing, too, so this game is actually playable by the hard-of-hearing. Miss three apples and it's game over.
In addition to having an amazing name, Tsugaru Snow White Murder Festival manages to be a sort of bullet-hell shooter. By moving the mouse, the player moves Snow White, and her army of bow-wielding dwarves follows in her path, shooting the whole time. Take too many hits and it's game over. The collision detection is a little bit strange, but the game is good, chaotic fun. And in case you're wondering what Tsugaru means, it's the name of a place in Aomori, the Japanese prefecture known for its apples.