Christmas 2015 games special, Part I

It’s Christmas Day, so Merry, Happy Christmas, Frohe, Fröhliche Weihnachten or whatever makes it into your language for the festive day! Instead of reviewing a particular game, this article will give you a short overview of Christmas-themed titles to purchase and play on that very special day.

With that whole common swapping-textures-sprites-of-a-game-to-make-it-more-Christmas-y procedure, let’s not forget that there are still games dealing with the time of the year and offering something original and new. One of these is Ice Station Santa, the first episode of Sam & Max – Season Two: Beyond Time and Space, a great adventure game from Telltale Games. It’s excellently written with lots of sarcastic humor, while it has enough mindbending puzzles to solve. Taking place in Santa’s workshop at the North Pole with the bearded man running havoc and his elves not knowing what to do, it deserves a place in this list.

Buy Season Two for PC on
GOG
Steam

Official Sam & Max Website

If you like your games quirky, then the weird Japanese dating game with pigeons Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star might be up your alley. Yes, it’s really about these birds trying to hook up during the season. While the core gameplay of Mediatonic‘s Hatoful Boyfriend remains unchanged, there are new stories and everything is just that little bit more decorated. If this isn’t enough, one can also get the Collector’s Pack which features the digital soundtrack, a dossier digital booklet, The King’s Story Book, and a collection of wallpapers.

Buy the standard edition for PC on
GOG
Steam

Buy the collector’s pack for PC on
GOG
Steam

Official Hatoful Boyfriend Website

Writing of birds, these don’t have a chance of survival in InterAction Studios‘ arcade shooters Chicken Invaders 3: Revenge of the Yolk – Christmas Edition and Chicken Invaders 4: Ultimate Omelette Christmas Edition. While they sound even more ridiculous than the dating sim, they’re not really casual titles, more like bullet hell shooters requiring fast reflexes. They look fun and awesome at the same time, with stationary and moving levels, evoking both Christmas feelings with chickens dressed as Santa Clauses, but also with some very catchy tunes. Unfortunately, they also require the original Chicken Invaders 3 and Chicken Invaders 4 to run, being add-ons.

Buy Chicken Invaders 3: Christmas Edition for PC on
Steam
Buy Chicken Invaders 4: Christmas Edition for PC on
Steam

Official Chicken Invaders 3: Christmas Edition Website

Official Chicken Invaders 4: Christmas Edition Website

Finally, if you’re a little fed up with all the Christmas niceties, RuneStorm‘s Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa’s Rampage could be the best bet to get rid of all the presents, literally. Being an add-on (but playable without the original) of Viscera Cleanup Detail, this is all about cleaning the mess Santa Claus left behind, including presents to be thrown into the fire, in addition to the bloody corpses of elves who didn’t make it. It’s tasteless, and the first-person graphics might not be the most impressive, but maybe after having drunk a lot of mulled wine or eggnog, this is the most relaxing and less demanding game you can play on Christmas Day (or after).

Buy the game for PC on
Steam

Official Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa’s Rampage Website

Of course there are many other Christmas-themed games. Some of these have been compiled with the help of fellow blogger friend bino32 of The Idiosyncracy of Life in Words. Being the first part of a two-part games feature, I have more in preparation, but if you know of any retail, digital or other priced games with the seasonal theme, let me know!

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Using the GOG links and buying the products also helps ;).

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About nufafitc

Being an avid gamer, cinemaniac, and bookworm in addition to other things the internet and new media present, I'm also very much into DIY music, rock and pop in particular. Writing short or longer pieces about anything that interests me has always made me happy. As both an editor for German website "Adventure-Treff" and UK website "Future Sack", I like to write reviews and news about recent developments in the movies, games and book industry.
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