Steam Link Spotlight - If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 22nd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry looked at Ambition - A Minuet in Power. Read about how it plays using Steam Link over here.

This entry focuses on something that might be good to play around Halloween time. If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers is a dark and macabre point-and-click adventure game that can make your skin crawl. Although it may not look that way at first, this pixel art experience is incredibly detailed and evocative, especially when its vignettes take their dark turns.

If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers uses very conventional adventure game mechanics to tell its very unconventional story. The game opens with strangers conversing on a train, and over the course of their conversations you are transported into self-contained scenes that you pixel-hunt through using your on-screen cursor. For the most part, there aren't any complicated puzzles or item combinations, but you do have to pay attention to context clues from these scenes to activate the right points of interest to push things forward.

On mobile, all of this is extremely easy to manage using the touchpad control setup. This allows you to tap and drag on the screen to highlight items with the crosshair cursor, just like you might if you were playing the game using a laptop's touchpad. This feels totally natural and there's nothing in the game that requires you to have a higher or more complicated degree of control over the action. Obviously, if If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers came to mobile, it would likely have a somewhat more streamlined control scheme, but the cursor maneuvering here is more than manageable.

As a bonus, this might be the most accessible entry in this series to date. Not only is the game easy and convenient to control, but If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers is available on Steam completely for free, so make sure to grab it regardless of whether you plan to stream it to your iOS device or not.

If On a Winter's Night, Four Travelers was developed and published by Dead Idle Games. It launched on September 21, 2021 and is available on Steam for free.

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