The Best And Worst Christmas Games Ever
There are certain types of games that conventional wisdom tells you to avoid, and Christmas tie-ins are right up there with movie licences in terms of triggering alarm bells. Let’s be honest – if a game stars Santa, it’s probably cack. However, there are some excellent Christmas spin-offs from established games that are really quite good. Three of our favourites are on the second page, but let’s start with three of Scrooge’s finest fun-killers…
Santa Claus Saves The Earth
This torrid release was a true lump of coal in the stocking of any PlayStation owner. Santa Claus has to escape a magic spell by an evil fairy called Nilam, by venturing through four of the worst designed platform stages ever to grace a console. The back of the box even had the temerity to boast about its 256 colour pre-rendered graphics, as if they wouldn’t have looked crap on the SNES. The screenshot above is from the virtually identical Game Boy Advance version, which at least had a 256 colour hardware limit.
You might think that you’d done something horrible to upset your parents if you received this stocking-filler as a child, because this mini-game collection has no redeeming qualities. The games range from Rudolph racing to snowflake-stopping, but none of them are any fun and you get the distinct feeling that publisher Artic put the collection out purely to cash in on seasonal sales.
Daze Before Christmas
Here’s an incredibly rare Mega Drive game, which was only released in Australia. There’s a good reason for that – it was cancelled after its initial production run, as the quality wasn’t up to scratch. Features include Santa’s bizarre devilish alter-ego Anti-Claus, and a second stage that must rank as one of the shortest levels in platform gaming history. It’s all enough to make us sick – so let’s play some better games…