Winter Theme - Complete Edition (v4.0 - FINAL)

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INTRODUCTION
Greetings community,
Daniel here with a brand new modification, just in time for Christmas:
Winter Theme - Complete Edition!
You may alright know of a previous attempt of mine in continuing/completing Winter Theme back in 2018, which got abandoned since i was very young and also very lazy. But this time, it's a serious thing, so - happy reading! (If you don't want to, just scroll all the way down for download link)

THE BACKSTORY
Winter Theme was released in January 2015, and meant to be a companion to the very first release of Donut Mod 3. It was the second official re-texture mod, the first being Autumn Theme, initially built-in with Donut Mod 1 and 2, and then also released as a stand-alone mode with release of DM3.

But, unlike its predecessor, which got completed and became a separate thing from DM, Winter Theme was abandoned half the way by his own developer, Kyle, who left the team shortly after DM3 got released. The mod was left incomplete, and thus discontinued, being removed from the site in early summer, when DM3.1 was released.

Since then, it has never been available again, with many users re-creating their personal version of the mod, the first being jcilley97.

THE CONCEPT
Around a year ago, I was given a build of Winter Theme, after asking the team explicitly. It still is incomplete, only covering up the first four levels of the game (the last public release covered the first two, just like DM3 did, while this would probably work with a possible level 4 update of DM). Despite this, however, these levels are mostly complete, with just some minor oversights here and there.

Complete Edition's aim is, hence the name, to restart developement from the point it was left hanging, and completing the mod in its entireness. It will be a long and not very easy project, since I have school and homework, but I'll do my best not to leave this incomplete like other previous mods of mine.

FINAL NOTES
I had already tried to restore/complete the mod with the "Winter Theme - Reborn" project in 2018, but I was just 12 then so I probably abandoned the project due to being very busy and immature at the time. As said before, I'll do my best to finish these, since I have clearer ideas in my mind.


THE PLOT
While it may not seem so, Winter Theme has a not so hidden plot, and every level is a part of it.

  • October 25th-27th - THE FIRST DROP - We see the effects of the first snow drop on the
    first three levels.
  • October 28th-30th - THE SECOND DROP - As of level 4 a new drop covers up Springfield
    again, showing its effects on these three levels.
  • October 31th - A SNOWY SPOOKY HALLOWEEN - An unusual event happens in
    Springfield: there's Snow on Halloween! What a cold autumn this year!

Spoiler: CHANGELOG

CHANGELOG
  • v2.0 : last public release (January 2015), levels 1-2
  • v3.0 : unreleased update (spring 2015, I believe), levels 1-4
  • v3.1 : first update of CE (Complete Edition), still levels 1-4, minor fixes here and there
  • v3.5 : second update of CE, levels 5-6 done and added, minor fixes again
  • v4.0 : final update, all seven levels included!
  • some fixing/minor updates may come some day

DOWNLOAD
v4.0 - November 19, 2020

Thanks for all the support, and hope to get some (highly anticipated) Christmas Spirit to reach your heart! ;-)

Buon Natale a tutti!
Can't wait to see this mate!
Looks cool already!
Always wanted to see the winter theme in action. Nice work!
Hi, just a quick update : I'm working on levels 5-7 right now, I'll release a new version very soon.
However, I can't find a solution on some things:
  • Should I edit newspapers' dates to December 25-31 or leave them to October? I feel that changing these may alter the game's plot, since level 7 is explicitly set on October 31 (Halloween) and that is not my case.
  • Should I replace the main menu with the Christmas variant? Like I said earlier I feel that this would alter the setting of the game.

Feel free to give some advice for me. :)
Looks great! Having the seasonal themes was a really novel idea, and really ahead of its time, so I'm happy to see them make a return.

Should I edit newspapers' dates to December 25-31 or leave them to October? I feel that changing these may alter the game's plot, since level 7 is explicitly set on October 31 (Halloween) and that is not my case.
Given you're already changing the environment so much, I don't think it's that much of a stretch to edit the newspapers too. You could also strategically set the dates to be inline with the story.

Should I replace the main menu with the Christmas variant? Like I said earlier I feel that this would alter the setting of the game.
Perhaps it could be a mod option? This would be nice to have, but when I would go to opt into using a winter mod, it's not necessarily Christmastime.
Hi Koopa, thanks for your suggestions. Anyway, I decided not to affect newspapers because of level 7, which is set on october 31st. Sorry for not updating my previous post.
Version 3.5 now available! Watch the main thread for further information and changelog.
Hey guys,

Winter Theme - Complete Edition has fullfilled its goal! Version 4.0 NOW AVAILABLE!
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