If you're in the mood for a little festive holiday gaming this year, you don't need to wait for Santa to deliver it, as there are several new (and old) Christmas adventures to choose from right now.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all though the house... pretty much everything was still stirring and keeping you awake. All you really want is to go to bed and dream of sugar plums, but in Quiet Christmas, the "tree is broken, the house is too cold, Mr. Peabody's tacky Xmas display is annoying and as always your brother won't go to bed."
In this holiday sequel to the equally retro-styled Quiet, Please!, indie developer Nostatic Software has delivered another lighthearted quest for a silent night. Selling for less than a dollar, Quiet Christmas is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
If you don't mind a little hidden object hunting mixed in with your classic seasonal adaptations, look no further than Elephant Games' Christmas Stories: Nutcracker. After arriving at a Christmas ball, you discover that a wicked Rat King has turned a pair of lovers into toys in his jealous rage. You must help the Nutcracker rescue his beloved Mary, but you'll have only one night to break the curse, and you must deal with an army of rats and a variety of secrets hidden throughout the castle in order to succeed.
Loosely based on E.T.A. Hoffman's 19th century short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Christmas Stories: Nutcracker is available exclusively at Big Fish Games in both Collector's Edition and standard version downloads.
Last but far from least (though certainly the cheapest), it's time once again to remind you of Adventure Gamers' own holiday trilogy, Christmas Quest. In this series, a lovable young dork is eager to unwrap the "best adventure game ever!" from Santa. But it seems everything is out to prevent that from happening. The tree bulbs are out, the kitchen pipes are ready to burst, and the ancient computer is on the fritz. As if that wasn't enough, a wayward elf accidentally left behind by jolly ol' Saint Nick seems to be more hindrance than help.
Released one game per year from 2005-2007, the ever-evolving Christmas Quest games have lost none of their charm, humour, great looks, or rough edges we never got around to fixing in the five years since. Best of all, they're still available at the low, low price of absolutely free! And really, who's NOT out of money at this point in the year? Simply click to download the following links, unzip, and enjoy.
Platform(s): iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Xbox 360
Platform(s): Mac, PC