I don’t know if you noticed it but today is Christmas!
So after the deserved greetings to all of you and a sincere happy Christmas, today I prepared for you a little gift; may not be original but it’s surely sincere.
The video gaming world never stops even, even for December 25th, so developers and editors during the years have written and released games tailored for the Christmas holidays. I thought to put together a small list of the 10 must have Christmas games, obviously, always paying attention to the release date: if theY’re too new I don’t want them!
Christmas Lemmings (1991-1994)
DMA Designs along with Psygnosys are on top if we’re talking about Christmas spirit and cleverness in putting on the market the same game every year but with a different title. In 1991 they pioneered the costume of releasing a Christmas themed game when they published the first of thir four Lemmings specials; ather three games followed in 1992, 1993 and 1994. The task is always the same: saving Lemmings using Lemmings. But it’s different to save a Lemming and to save him during the winter among snow and sledges!
Jazz Jackrabbit: Holyday Hare (1995)
This Christmas spinoff of the more famous Jazz Jackrabbit, the platform game I always played together with Superfrog and that for me shares with it the hypothetic pantheon of the “games I played once and that I can’t find anymore”
Duke Nukem: Nuclear Winter (1997)
Poor Duke has to kick ass also during Christmas holidays in this unofficial DN3D sequel, since those alien bastards thought the besta way to celebrate were kidnap (or maybe no?) Santa. So again take your steroids, your jetpac and the devastator, Duke and let’s rock!
P.S. don’t forhet your dollars, even at North Pole there are some strippers…
Special Delivery: Santa’s Christmas Chaos (1984)
In this 1984 Atari 8-bit Christmas games, later ported on C64 and ZX Spectrum, we see all the production chain that lead Santa to bring the gifts to the children in the world: he has first to collect the gifts avoiding rocks, mountains and obstacles, that when he’s fully loaded he can go down the chimney and leave them for the kids. The set has a cold blueish background that reminds a bit the games for Atari 2600.
Frosty the Snowman a.k.a. Frosty’s Busy Night (1990)
This almost forgotten C64 game with a captivating background music is a platform with the same levels style as Pitfall! for Atari 2600. Can be played also by two players at the same time and our protagonist, Frosty, has to avoid traps, holes, moving bottles and anything that could melt him. Despite of its simpòlicity this is still a great game.
James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (1991)
This extra-log game (or at least to me has always been looooooooooooooooooong) put our hero in the Christmas spirit against an army of evil toys. I’ve played it dozen and dozen of times and I’ve never completed it, mainly because there’s no possibility to save the progress. It could be the next game to beat…
Home Alone (1991)
Based on the world famous Home Alone movie, in this side view game released for Amiga and then ported on MS-DOS and even GameBoy, our protagonist Macaulay Culkin has to avoid the two thieves that are always shown on the top of the screen and possibily to hurt them as much as he can. This is a cult classic movie every kid surely watched during his childhood (me too) but if I have to choose I would have preferred a Trading Places themed video games. THIS is my Christmas movie.
Santa Xmas Caper (1991)
This games released initially for ZX Spectrum and later ported on C64 and, with heavy improved graphics, on MS-DOS. Here Santa has to recollect the gifts fallen from the sleigh and literally freeze the enemies we meets on his way. If you check the original game for Speccy and the DOS version you couldn’t even tell they’re the same game…
Merry Xmas Santa (1984)
This game was originally released for BBC Micro and ZX Spectrum in 1984. It’s a classic 2D platform game in whic the player controls Santa who has to (guess what?) deliver all the gift in time jumping among the chimneys avoiding to fall and die (yes, Santa could die!!!) and some strange faces that orbit around the rooftops. I think this is one of the first Christmas themed games ever released (but I could be wrong, let me know)
SkyRoads: Xmas Special (1994)
This is the official sequel, or better an add-on to the original SkyRoads. So basically is the same game but with a christmas themed background. Recommended only if you want to have 5 spare minutes, even because sometime can become a bit frustrating and annoying.
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