Talvisota: Icy Hell

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Developer(s) Blitzfront Game Studio
Engine Enigma engine
Platform(s) Windows
  • CIS: November 16, 2007
  • FIN: October 2, 2008
Genre(s) Real-time tactics, Educational game
Mode(s) Single-player

Talvisota: Icy Hell (Russian "Talvisota: Ледяной ад") is a real-time tactics and educational computer game, developed by the international developer group Blitzfront Game Studio and is based on the events of the Winter War (Finnish: Talvisota) conflict of 1939–1940 between Finland and the Soviet Union.

The Finnish Board of Film Classification determined that Talvisota: Icy Hell is both a Real-time Strategy and an Educational game.

Game features[edit]

  • Two long campaigns for Soviet and Finnish sides.[1]
  • Historically accurate.[2]
  • Based on real political and historical events before and during the Winter War.
  • Historical encyclopedia and archives videos.
  • Molotov cocktails, soldiers speaking Russian and Finnish, authentic battle-front reports, airplanes, skiing troops, satchel charges, flamethrower tanks, and experimental units.[3]

Development history[edit]

The game's development started with the Russian language online community, which consisted of people from different countries, who were interested in military history and historical games. In 2004 they started wondering why nobody did a game about the Winter War, the highly interesting war conflict, although somewhat unknown to the public. They decided to make the game themselves.[4]

Because of different publishing problems, the game wasn't released for a long time despite development being completely finished.[5] At the end of 2007 the game was finally released in CIS countries in Russian. A year later, at the end of 2008, the game was released in Finland in English.

Critical reception[edit]

The game received generally positive reviews from game critics.[6][7][8] The main web site of all Finnish historians has reviewed the game from the historical and cultural perspectives, and their opinion was generally positive.[9]

There were some negative opinions as well. As an example, Finnish Captain Olli Ovaska said that the game claimed that the Finnish military attacked the USSR on the first day of the war. But according to the game developers, Olli Ovaska misunderstood something as they never claimed such a thing.[10]


  1. ^ "Pelitehtävien (karttojen) lista" (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Pelin historiallisesta tarkkuudesta" [The historical accuracy of the game] (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Talvisota: Icy Hell pelin ominaisuudet" (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Pelintekijät ja pelin synty" [Authors of the game and the game's evolution] (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  5. ^ 06.12.2008. Itsenäisyyspäivän yövieraana Talvisota: Icy Hell tietokonepelin tuottaja Mikko Vedru, Radio Suomi.
  6. ^ "Talvisota: Icy Hell". Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Talvisota" (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Talvisota – Ледяной ад (обзор)" (in Russian). Live Journal. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Peliharrastajat talvisodan taistelukentillä" (in Finnish). Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Kirjoitus pelistä (Reserviläinen lehti)" (in Finnish). Retrieved 16 April 2010. 

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