iPhone Games: Holiday Editions Guide
With vacations impending and free time to spare,
Which apps are worth getting, and which ‘buyer beware’?
To help you decide which games you should play,
We’ve crafted this list just in time for Christmas Day.
So read on, make your choice, then play through the night,
‘Cause many of these holiday games are all right!
iPhone / iPod Touch apps
Angry Birds Seasons
Originally Angry Birds Halloween when we reviewed it, this $0.99 app has expanded to become Rovio’s way of offering regular seasonal content. The Christmas boards have been generally excellent in their design and well worth the time of any Angry Birds fan. Also, they’ve been unlocking one per day, like an Advent calendar, which has been a fun little twist. For the price, and with the promise of future seasonal content, this is definitely an app to own.
I’ll confess that Accelleroto has baffled me a bit here. They’re charging $0.99 for the Christmas edition of Air Hockey after making the original, Universal version free. It seems counter-intuitive. But if you’re dying to add some Christmas cheer to your air hockey experience, this app is for you. It features the same excellent physics and smooth game play that has made their Air Hockey app the best of its kind in the App Store.
The defining queen of task management games has introduced a new restaurant: Winter Wonderland.
In addition to all the normal things that restaurateur Flo has to juggle in a busy day, she now has to serve delicious pumpkin pie, keep the fireplace well-tended, and deal with pesky photo-snapping tourists. Diner Dash is an excellent game, and this is a great themed addition to any Diner Dash fan’s play experience. Winter Wonderland is available as an in-app purchase.
Grenade-chuckin’ favorite Fragger has released a world of Christmas levels as an additional stage in the game. Word of warning, however: if you’re like me, and had removed Fragger from your device after playing through it, you’re going to have to play through all those levels again before you get to experience this festive fare … and when you get there, you’ll find that they’re very tricky levels. Precision is a must in these advanced challenges!
It’s my assumption that every person who owns an iOS device owns this, the Solitaire of the iPhone, so most of your are already aware that it has a Christmas mode. This year, the devs have spruced the mode up by adding some new Christmas monsters. And if you own an iPhone and don’t own Doodle Jump … well, what are you waiting for? Doodle Jump is one of those simple yet addictive games that should be somewhere on your iOS device.
Episode 3 of Minigore, the popular dual-stick shooter, is the Christmas Episode. It’s actually been around since last Christmas, but that’s no reason not to mention that it has seasonal content available for in-app purchase, including a gun-toting Santa Claus and a festively hatted John Gore. Oh, and Minigore has also been recently updated to include multiplayer WLANco-op, so the family Christmas get-together is a perfect time to get in some festive two-player slaughter!
Pocket Devil: Hell Yeah!
This minion management game has added a Christmas Episode. Now you can dress your Mugat2 up like elves and reindeer before torturing them in the new Christmas-themed environments … including the ominously names “elecTREEcution.” We’ll let you figure that one out by yourself.
Robot Unicorn Attack Holiday Edition
The folks over at Adult Swim have leaped onto the Holiday Edition train with this crazy edition of their seriously silly action game. Like many of the others on the list, this is a standalone title that offers a holiday version of the same great game play that has made the original so popular. The game also has a new original holiday song from the band the Darkness.
I’ve had Crazy Snowboard since it went free as part of last Christmas’s AppVent calendar, and it’s been on my iPod ever since because it’s a great, casual snowboarding app. It’s also an app that has regularly released new levels, boards, and skins to commemorate plenty of different holidays and events. Their Christmas theme is an open-ended course on a winters night, filled with Christmas trees and elves that you can knock into. You even get a Santa suit and snowboard!
If you haven’t played around with the adorable Om Nom yet, here’s your chance to do it for free. ZeptoLab has released a set of 25 holiday levels for the low, low cost of nothing. They’re great levels, and they’re based off a game that we called “an adorable and addicting puzzle game that hits all the right notes” in our review. Even though these levels feature a relatively low level of challenge, they are a must have for fans of the game and a must try for those not yet initiated.
This popular geometric puzzler has added Christmas themed material via an app update. Now, you can try to divvy up holiday themed objects like stars, Christmas trees, and stockings. Some of the new objects are especially tricky (like trying to slice up the letters in MERRY CHRISTMAS).
Super Mega Worm vs. Santa
This stand-alone edition of Super Mega Worm sics the SMW on the North Pole. The result is a game with the same awesome game play that we praised in our Super Mega Worm review. It doesn’t offer much new apart from the setting, but hey, oh what fun it is to munch on Santa’s Christmas sleigh! (Hey!)
Know of any good holiday editions that we missed? Why not share them in the comments below, or on our Facebook page?