Remember Snow

Remember Snow was released in 2009 and was one of the first interactive “art for art’s sake” apps that I purchased from the App Store. Perhaps best described as a diversion, it is a simple meditative experience akin to playing with a snow globe or wind chimes. As the user’s finger moves around the screen, pale blurry shapes swirl around, and quiet music box sounds are triggered at random. The faster the user moves, the faster the shapes move, and the more notes are played. When the user shakes the screen, the images are thrown into disarray and eventually settle.

Although there are no other forms of interaction, no settings or even credits, it is nonetheless a surprisingly satisfying experience. Like many of the best apps, it does a simple thing very well. It is both visually and sonically very pleasing, and in particular the melancholy, slightly detuned sounds were very well judged.

It is nearly four years since I first purchased it, but it’s still an app I keep returning to. I rarely play it for more than a minute or two, but always leave feeling somehow calmer.

Available for iPhone and iPod touch

Price: £1.49 / $1.99

Developer: Steffen Mueck (Larantino)

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