SnowStorm was released in late 2006 and was available until the New Habbo update in 2009, when the hotel moved from the Shockwave client to the Flash client. Snow Storm will be returning to Habbo in 2021.
Lumisota was an early Sulake game, released after the success of Mobiles Disco. Players were split into teams and had to shoot Snowballs at each other. The fundamentals and many design elements of the game formed the origins of the Habbo version.
Introduction to Habbo
In 2006, Snow Storm was introducted to Habbo as part of Version 11 between late 2006 and early 2007. It was first deployed onto Habbo.de, Habbo.it, Habbo.com.sg and Habbo.es in December 2006, where it was initially free to play. It was deployed onto Habbo.co.uk, Habbo.ca and Habbo.com in January 2007.
Players had to use Gaming Tickets to purchase a game of Snow Storm. Tickets cost 2c for 5 Gaming Tickets (later 1c for 2 or 6c for 20). Players could either choose to join an existing game or create a new game, where they were able to choose a map, set a time limit, and select whether it was a team game or individual.
New arenas were introduced with V14 (July 2007).
When Snow Storm was removed, Habbo developed a range of game furniture called Freeze (along with Battle Banzai) intended to replicate the functionality of the game in user-made rooms. It was released on December 15, 2010 and came with a range of furni including team gates and scoreboards, and a set of Achievements.
The game was initially well-received and popular in the hotel.
Due to popular demand, and the decreasing interest in Freeze furni, Habbo reintroduced Snow Storm to the Hotel. It was re-released on December 12 2011 under a new name - SnowStorm Shuffle.
At first, only VIP members were able to play the newly reformed SnowStorm game. After some backlash, Habbo changed the system so non-VIP members could play up to 3 times per day, whereas VIP members could play as many times a day as they wanted.
Soon after the launch of SnowStorm Shuffle, a new public room was introduced where players could start SnowStorm games from - the SnowStorm Lobby.
SnowStorm Shuffle was removed entirely in 2014 along with all the other games featured in the Game Centre.
In March 2021, Habbo staff suggested that SnowStorm was making a return again with a tweet.
The game was released on the Sandbox hotel on 29 March 2021.
How to play
The aim of the game was to win points by throwing snowballs at the opposing team. Players are randomly allocated to a team of up to nine others (although in older versions, there were 3 teams, and an option for a game with no teams).
Once the teams are full, players entered the playing arena. Players can see their Habbo's head (with a snowy outfit on), energy, points they've scored, how many snowballs they currently have, time remaining and overall points for the two teams. There was also the option to quit and to Call for Help.
Players moved around by clicking squares - the normal way players move around on Habbo - and clicking on a Habbo threw a snowball at them. Each player could only take five hits, any more than five and they would fall to the ground, frozen from play for five seconds.
To throw snowballs over large objects (such as trees), players could click the Shift button whilst clicking on the opponent.
Once the player had run out of snowballs, they need to click the 'Scooper' button, which makes their avatar go down to the floor to scoop up some snow to create a snowball.
Successfully hitting an opponent would give the player one point, and making them fall to the ground (after five strikes) gave the player five points.
Below you can see screenshots of the game over the years, promotional artwork and features within Habbo Hotel
There was also a range of Habbo Home stickers released alongside SnowStorm:
- Snow Storm has arrived - http://www.habbo.com/articles/2783-snow-storm-has-arrived
- It's Happening... - https://twitter.com/Habbo/status/1375749214232313858
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