View Full Version : Christmas retail computer games

12-05-2009, 05:32 PM
With Christmas coming up I always like to dig into my collection of stuff and see what I may have missed Christmas-related.
This year I ran across a little gem, titled Special Delivery for the Atari 8-bit line (also on C64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum). It's an arcade-style game where you play Santa trying to collect and sneakily deliver gifts before you die or the night ends. And the A8 version is easily the best version, in my opinion. Wish I had heard of this sooner, it's great for 5 minute plays, reminds me a lot of a 2600 game with a little more added.
I made a review of the game for my weekly review show, Lazy Game Reviews, which you can see below. I'll be looking at Xmas games each week this month. Any comments are welcome!

Special Delivery for Atari 8-bit Video Review (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj-2qdxYIy4)

My question to you guys is this: are there any more Christmas games you'd recommend - for any system? I'll be looking at more with my video reviews this month (Holiday Lemmings, Duke: Nuclear Winter, Christmas Jazz Jackrabbit) but what about some others? I really like these "Seasonal" games because, well, they're just so odd. Even if the quality of some of them I've seen isn't always up to par.

Oh and I say "retail computer games" because I'm not referring to the many hacks of games (such as Santa's Boulderdash, which isn't bad)

Kitsune Sniper
12-05-2009, 05:47 PM
BAM (http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/christmas-themed-games)!!

12-05-2009, 06:14 PM
First place I looked, thanks. I was asking for opinions, if you'd like to give them :)

12-05-2009, 06:54 PM
BAM 2 (http://videogamecritic.net/xmas.htm)!!

I don't think I've ever played a Christmas themed game but I thought you might find interesting the link above.

12-06-2009, 08:02 AM
I used to play these two SO much!


12-12-2009, 10:38 AM
Speaking of Christmas Lemmings LOL

Holiday Lemmings 1994 Amiga Game Review (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUKMsHhAho)

I used to play these two SO much!


12-12-2009, 11:14 AM
Christmas and Strip Poker go kinda hand in hand:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c173/thomasholzer/maria1.jpg http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c173/thomasholzer/maria2.jpg

12-12-2009, 10:25 PM
Haha, nice, I agree - just the kind of odd recommendation I like to see, I'll have to check that out

12-12-2009, 11:40 PM
heh ... Maria's Christmas box.


Step one ... put a hole in that box
Step Two ...
Step Three ...

This thread reminded me of all the video games I had to wait until Xmas for. I remember my C64 and Amiga game playing always revolved around Santa and my birthday. There were only three other people in the area who even had an Amiga. Only a dude who called himself 'The Shadow' had any cracked, trained, and copied floppies. Me and a dude named David Hill had Amiga 1000s but we both bought our games. Marauder II couldn't handle games like Shadow of the Beast.

Everyone had a C64. I remember having at least 100 pirated games for that computer. Even my dad would copy C64 games from co-workers. It was the only time where I remember him actively looking for some game. He had games for his TRS-80 and around that time got the family an INTV on which he played games like Utopia and Snafu all the time. After the C64 he became a workaholic ... never saw the man until I was back from NY.

Ed Oscuro
12-13-2009, 12:23 AM
As memory serves there was a Christmas-themed version of Jetpack out there.

Midway's arcade-only lightgun shooter Carnevil also has some holidays-themed stuff in one of the episodes as well. Playable in MAME but you need a hard drive image.

12-13-2009, 12:38 PM
James Pond 2: Robocod also had many Christmas/winter themed levels.

12-13-2009, 02:55 PM

12-14-2009, 07:09 PM
I definitely remember that Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare game.

12-15-2009, 02:50 PM
i like lazy game reviews. good reviewer, good show. upload more often!

12-18-2009, 01:44 PM
i like lazy game reviews. good reviewer, good show. upload more often!

Thanks, quite glad you like! Got em going weekly for now... speaking of, it's Duke Nukem Nuclear Winter this week!

Duke 3D - Nuclear Winter video review LGR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFxcEItWOZ0)

12-18-2009, 09:58 PM
Yet another great one!

You get that Spectrum working, by the way? I kind of gave up getting one, it would have been like $100 after all of the converters and adapters.

12-19-2009, 12:40 PM
Not yet working, no. I've tried all sorts of stuff... AC adapters, composite modding. And I don't know what's going on, so I'm still working on it.

And thanks!

12-19-2009, 12:48 PM
Try using this for power:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2A-3-4-5-6-7-5-9-12V-Output-DC-Power-Supply-MASTECH_W0QQitemZ130332665507QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item1e586ea6a3

And this for video:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Video-System-PAL-to-NTSC-Converter-Adapter-PS2-360-Wii_W0QQitemZ380189005086QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVideo_ Games_Accessories?hash=item588507d51e

It's what I was going to do, but I decided against getting a Spectrum for now.