We are very close to Xmas and I’ve thought it would be fun if we have a post showing the Xmas-inspired games that are released or will be released during the 2020 Holiday season. As more games are released, I will be updating this post which is pinned at the top of the site!
A Very Sheepy Xmas by Quantum Sheep (ZX Spectrum)
By Quantum Sheep’s own words, this is a quick, short game made to say ‘Merry Xmas’ and thanks to everyone who’s played Quantum Sheep’s games this year! It’s been a dream come true to make games for my beloved ZX Spectrum, and to think that people have actually played them is just mind-blowing! (Download here)
Santa Run by Double Sided Games (Amiga 1200)
Santa Run is a free Christmas game that was created in seven days. In this infinite runner game, you play Santa Claus leaping from roof to roof and deliver presents down the chimneys! You need an Amiga 1200 or superior to play the game, but emulators are also supported. (Download here, source: amiga-news.de).
Xmasoid by Stonechat Productions (ZX Spectrum)
Even feeling this was adapted for the season, this game worth its place here! You are an atom of Hydrogen and you are very excited about Xmas. However, your home has been taken over by critters. To get out, you have to collect all Christmas crackers and reach the door. A one-level but tough game that is promised to have an expanded version next year. It is worth checking it out! The game is part of the excellent 2020 WOOT disk magazine that you can download here.
Red by KrakenDev (Atary Lynx)
Santa went crazy and cancelled Xmas. Help RED to defeat Santa and save the real Christmas in this arcade game. On each stage, you have to get the key to getting deep into the dungeon while dodging the deadly flying saws (what kind of place is that!?). (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Gift Catcher by Dr. Ludos (Atary Lynx)
In Gift Catcher, a one-button game, you must help Santa to grab the gifts. The game is played in vertical mode, using only the A/B buttons. At first, Santa will move on top of the screen. Press the button, and he’ll dive down to catch a gift. Now you can press and hold the button again to make him climb back up to the top of the screen. Catch all the gifts, but avoid touching the moving snowflakes! (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Naughty by karrika (Atary Lynx)
This is kind of a fighting game where you play the naughty girl that keeps throwing snowballs at Santa which, don’t get fooled, will fight back knocking out the girl if she is not quick enough. (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Snowball Lynx by achitchcock (Atary Lynx)
Snowball is a simple snowball fight game which you play against the computer. The game’s goal is to get the highest score possible while trying to avoid the enemy’s snowballs. Points are earned by hitting the enemy with a snowball. Each time the player is hit, they lose one life. After 5 hits, the game is over. The high score will be tracked throughout the play session. Try and beat your own record! (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Santa Factory by nop90 (Atary Lynx)
Santa Factory is a clever puzzle game (and I had a hard time playing!) where you play as an elf controlling a packing line. You have a list of wishes, and you have to combine the desired toys according to it. You are allowed to make some wrong packs, but too many mistakes and Xmas could be ruined. (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Santa’s Empty Sack by Atari Gamer (Atary Lynx)
This game is fun, with a bizarre backstory (but a cute Santa sprite)! Santa discovered his sack empty and an angry squirrel running around like mad and defecating! Help get all the presents back and save Xmas! Don’t step into poo because other than gross, that will slow you down! (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Saving Santa Tree by Fadest (Atari Lynx)
This is my favourite of this batch of Lynx games. In this platform, you have to recover all tree ornaments stolen by the leprechauns. When the gift box shows up, you have to throw at a leprechaun to knock him out of the screen and unwrap the ornament. After you place it back on the tree, a new package will show up. After you get rid of all foes, the level is cleared. There are 10 levels for you to try! (Download at LynXmas 2020 game jam)
Mean Santa by 2600 Connection (Colecovision)
Mean Santa is a commercial game, released in cartridge for the Colecovision in late November. In this game, you play Santa, or better saying, a mean version of him. The game switches between different gameplays. First, you must guide Mean Santa’s sleigh through the night sky and safely land on a house roof while dodging rogue snowflakes. Once inside the house, it’s time for Mean Santa to steal all the dolls in the house and avoid slipping on the bananas! The game can be purchased here. There is also a version for the Atari 2600 (free download), and an Odyssey version as well!
Santa Rocks by Nivrig (Amiga)
We have already covered Dodgy Rocks recently and it is a super fun infinite runner game for the Amiga. To celebrate the Holiday Season, nivrig has released a Xmas version of the game, completely re-skinned. As you can imagine, now you will help Santa to dodge the snowballs that The Grinch throws at you. Even the soundtrack matches the season. Well done! (Free Download here)
Snowdown by Badgerpunch (Commodore 64)
Another re-skinned game of the well-received Showdown for the Commodore 64. As you can see by the image above, they took good care to make it ready for the Holiday season with amazing graphics. In the game, you play a Santa out to win a fierce gun duel. The first one to outwit and knock down the opponent 5 times is the winner of the duel. It can be played by 1 or 2 players. (Buy it here)
If you can’t play them all, check the video I recorded playing them!