Christmas Gaming: Santa Hanta (PC)

You can download Santa Hanta here (It’s a German site)

If you’re not in a festive mood or you’re already sick of Christmas, here’s the game for you: Keep the Santas in this game from delivering their presents. The game uses the Moorhuhn-(Crazy Chicken) principle but instead of shooting Santa you have to throw snowballs at him (or rather them). The further they are away the higher your score when you hit them. You can collect bonus points when you shoot a Santa Claus while he’s delivering a present after knocking on a door which results in children screaming. Apart from shooting Santa you can also shoot Yetis that appear from time to time. ANother fun addition is that if you throw the snowball at Santa’s feet you can cause a small snowy explosion blowing Santa away. The game itself is obviously repetitive and only consists of one level but there’s motivation in trying to break your own highscore. The graphics, however, are quite nice. There’s festive music playing in the background which sounds like some elves have produced remixes of famous Christmas songs. It’s a fun little game for those of us who want to let off some festive steam.

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Christmas Gaming: Santa Ride! 2 (PC)

You can download Santa Ride! 2 here (It’s a German site)

This game consist of only one level and your mission is to collect presents and deliver them to the children in the village. The graphics are quite nice and the music is festive (though, as with the other games so far, it becomes repetetive). Controls are the biggest issue here as Santa’s sleigh is quite hard to control. It’s hard to negotiate corners without crashing into a house, wall, lamp post etc. The only alternative is to pull the handbrake (or sleigh brake as it’s called in the game) which doesn’t make controlling the sleigh any easier. Another problem is collecting gifts and different goodies: Santa mostly collects them but it happens that he just pushes them away. Also, once you’ve collected the presents it’s hard to make out the houses you have to deliver them to, though the game reminds you to press ‘Space’ to throw the gifts. What’s pretty cool is that you can ‘Ho Ho Ho’ during the game and you have to be relatively quick about distributing presents or your ‘Faith in Santa Meter’ is gonna go empty and the children will stop believing in him. All in all, it’s an okay game which would’ve been better with better controls and more levels – and more reindeer pulling the sleigh as there are only six 😉

Favorite Lines #6

Just another lonely broken hero
Picking up the pieces of my mind
Running out of faith and hope and reason
(Ozzy Osbourne – Running out of Time)

Underneath my masquerade
A simple man who’s so afraid
I tried to find a light to guide me home
(Ozzy Osbourne – Running out of Time)