Ah, the holidays. A time to relax, a time to be with friends and family, and to fill your heart with good cheer. And during Christmas time, nothing can be more relaxing than sitting back in your computer chair and playing a good looking, fun, addicting game. It’s even better when this game spreads cheer to your heart from even a first glance. A game like Santa Clause in Trouble. I’m sure nothing warms the heart than the thought of Santa being in a dire situation, and to bring this lovable thought to life, CDV Software got out it’s blueprints for greatest freeware Christmas game ever made. This is the result.
Oh ho! I mean...oh no! Evil sweater wearing orcs have stolen Santa’s sack of presents and scattered them over many wintry levels of good cheer! This could stop Christmas forever! Luckily, Santa himself is on the case. Jumping and running over rooftops and chimneys, Santa must rescue his presents, while avoiding sweater-wearing orcs, top-hatted snowmen, falling, and chimney fires. Yeeouch! Don’t let those fires burn Santa in his Christmas cookies!
The gameplay that this little present is blessed with is quite a treat, though for some it could seem a bit bare. You run and jump, while trying to stay on the floating platforms, moving blocks, and rooftops. Around each level are scattered many glittering presents, and some secret items as well. Collect as many presents as you can, snag a golden Santa for a life if you see one, and make it to the sleigh at the end of the game. Make sure to avoid the baddies that you see, though that shouldn’t be too hard, as they each follow a set route throughout the level. The mainly difficult part is not falling. Dying is also bad, as there is no save feature in this game. I will admit, I had a blast while playing this game.
The graphics and sound are by far the greatest feature of the game. I won’t lie, the graphics in this game are the best I have ever seen for a freeware platform game, possibly even equaling XBOX graphics. Everything you see is cheerful and the art style is very Christmas-y, adding to the cheerful mood the game delivers while being in contrast with the night-time scenery of each level. As for music, soft renditions of Jingles Bells and Holy Night keep the pace going while keeping you relaxed in this incredibly frantic game. Even though you will probably come close to falling many times, the soft music will keep the heart attacks at bay.
All in all, I enjoyed this game immensely. I enjoyed it enough to call it the greatest and most enjoyable 3D freeware platform game, if not my favorite freeware platform game. It is simply a crime to let this lovely game pass by, so go get it now. I give it a high score of 5 carrots.
Review by: Secret Fawful