Although it's a brand new game, Winter Tales will be familiar to many since it offers nothing new in terms of gameplay. It is a classic game of construct-a-path using the pieces given and all within a time limit. I have seen games like this use pipes and others use train tracks. In this case, you are laying tracks in the snow for a jolly snowman on cross-country skis, go figure.
But don't mistake my sarcasm for a pan. This game is not only gorgeous and perfect for the coming season, it was also expertly built to include a rich game play experience.
The object, of course, is to construct a path, as quick as you can, from the snowman to the cozy cottage using only the pieces of track along the bottom of the game window. If you don't like, or cannot use, the pieces given, just click on the "Mix" button to generate a whole new set. The pieces appear at random and consist of straight tracks, intersections, and corners.
Once a level begins, a timer begins its countdown to zero, at which time the snowman will begin its merry way along the track you built. 100 points are scored for each section of track the snowman crosses, with 500 additional bonus points scored for collecting each golden "g" symbol. If the snowman runs out of track it will crash, and you will lose one of only three (3) snowmen you have to get through all 20 levels(!). Click.