In the game, rival big ten schools have setup snowforts across MSU campus, populating them with grumpy snowmen. The player controls Sparty in an effort to remove the grumpy snowmen in a whimsical fashion. The game parodies the now classic artillery-style gameplay featured in Angry Birds.
Through play, the game helps educate the player about Michigan State University while also building loyalty and school spirit among alumni, current students, faculty/staff, and fans.
The Grumpy Snowmen Holiday Edition was made as a 2011 holiday game for alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. Due to the popularity of the game, in January 2012 we created 16 additional levels for a total of twenty. The new levels were developed in response to player requests for additional campus locations and game challenges. The twenty level package represents the Grumpy Snowmen Deluxe Edition.