The Snowfield is a beautiful and horrifying game. You begin on what was clearly a battlefield not long ago, strewn with corpses, barbed wire, and broken fences, covered in snow. You are huddled and obviously freezing. There are some other soldiers in the area, mostly standing in a daze, shell-shocked; they speak to you (a handful of catch-phrases repeated), in German; evidently, this is the Eastern Front in World War II, though none of the corpses are wearing Russian uniforms. The setting is stark, and emotionally impactful.
Movement is via WASD; some items can be picked up, though only one at a time, and handed to others. In a ruined house nearby is a fire; if you spend too much time away from it, you freeze to death, the view becoming blurry about the edges and what seem like ice cracks appearing in your vision as warning. It's easy to lose your bearings in the snow and freeze to death; the controls are also a bit awkward and you cannot climb even a fairly shallow slope, so you sometimes find it hard to extricate yourself from your current position.
Spoilers below the fold.
No instruction or guidance is offered, beyond a bare description of the controls; but the goal, other than avoiding death, is to get the other survivors to the fire in the house. When they get there, they sit down before it. Some follow you without asking, but others must be handed an item before they will follow. In other words, despite the brutality of the setting, it's a game of small mercies.
The Snowfield was a 2012 Student IGF Nominee.