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Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:49 am
by Stuart@retrogamer
Hi guys. We’re currently working on our December issue and want to know which games get you in the festive mood and why?

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:57 am
by Roo
With it's giant Christmas tree plonked right in the middle, I can't help but feel the love for Christmas when I'm playing the Freezeezy Peak level in Banjo-Kazooie. Some of the Jiggy challenges - like delivering lost Christmas presents to a family of polar bears and lighting up the tree itself - are brilliant for getting you in the festive spirit whatever the time of year!

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:59 am
by koopa42
Robocod all day long. Why? are you kidding................

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Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:26 am
by joefish
Somewhat obscure, but Space Harrier as the Speccy/C64/Amstrad conversions were a big Christmas release, after a summer spent playing nothing but in the arcades.

There was also the self-referential Moley Christmas from Gremlin and Your Sinclair.

Unreal on the Amiga had a gorgeous-looking snowy stage 2, though I'd rather just gaze at the screenshots on the original advert than be forced to play the actual game.

Mario 64 had snowy bits too.

I know various platforms have had games based around Santa, but they're invariably cr@p.

Most Christmassy bit I like to play is Diddy Kong Racing, where the sound of sleighbells joins the soundtrack as you go through the tunnel to the snowy bit of the hub world.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:31 am
by DPrinny
Nobody said xmas nights yet?

FOR SHAME!

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:33 am
by koopa42
I hate Nights, I hate xmas Nights, I hate night into days into used tampons, I hate the love people have for it, Nights makes me feel like the gaming Grinch 'cos its gashpap, overated not even nice to look at GASH!!!! :x :x :x :x :x :x :x

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:35 am
by DPrinny
koopa42 wrote:I hate Nights, I hate xmas Nights, I hate night into days into used tampons, I hate the love people have for it, Nights makes me feel like the gaming Grinch 'cos its gashpap, overated not even nice to look at GASH!!!! :x :x :x :x :x :x :x
Oh dear somebody seems to have a case of grumpy grumps

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:51 am
by tekaotaku
Cant generalize but I have a personal memory and game....

Donkey Kong Classics on the NES, reason why - Christmas, 1989, a young 8 year old "TekaOtaku" :D unwraps his first giant Christmas present, NES Action Set...cool...opens the second small book shape present, Donkey Kong Classics...double cool...

So whenever I play Donkey Kong Classics on the NES, it whisks me back to Christmas 1989, sat in the second lounge with my portable TV playing all day, only stopping to eat Christmas Dinner and use the Loo and that game gets me in the festive spirit.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:53 am
by The Laird
I hate Christmas, bah humbug!

But even Christmas Nights makes me feel all fuzzy inside!

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:32 am
by ZeroCipher
Oddly Streets of Rage on the MegaDrive

I got a MD from Santa with SoR, played this game all over the holidays and everytime I have played it since it just triggers that warm christmas feeling in me, even if I hear the soundtrack it does the same.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:45 am
by slacey1070
Kick off.....

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:59 am
by Hitman_HalStep
since opening my mega drive and playing sonic for the first time (the pack in game) one christmas,now just hearing the "SEGA" and that tune kicking in makes me feel christmassy.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:00 am
by The Last Ginja
Monopoly. It makes me drink any spirits at Christmas if anyone suggests playing it.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:14 am
by Misery
koopa42 wrote:I hate Nights, I hate xmas Nights, I hate night into days into used tampons, I hate the love people have for it, Nights makes me feel like the gaming Grinch 'cos its gashpap, overated not even nice to look at GASH!!!! :x :x :x :x :x :x :x


.....wow. Even I usually dont hate specific games THAT much.



Anyway, on topic:

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First there's "Xmas Lemmings", which is one of the first ones I always think of with this (ah, I do miss the Lemmings series).


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And then there's the Christmas Jetpack.... thing. I forget if this was like some sort of wierd expansion or graphics pack or both..... but seeing as how Jetpack was one of my absolute favorite games back then... and also seeing as how I've been playing it's in-beta upcoming sequel lately... this one popped to mind right away.

Re: Games that get you in the festive spirit

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:18 am
by eeztheman
Another vote for Robocod for the xmas theme, but personally it was Alex Kidd in Miracle World on the SMS2 (built in), was a Xmas Pressie from my big brother must be 1990 / 91??
Remember sitting mesmerized at the "big" telly downstairs on Christmas morning that year :D