A few “daze” before Christmas, and all through the gameplay front, not a controller was being button-mashed to death, not even a mouse.
Actually, there was controller button-mashing, and all because of a Christmas game!
Phone Apps and Home Alone Emulators
Normally, if one is in the market for a Christmas game, one would turn to Home Alone as their (presumed only) game of choice. But if retro gaming isn’t for them, phone apps where one matches cookies and Christmasy stuff are always available.
And since I wasn’t willing to just play Home Alone (my boyfriend did a gameplay of it a few years ago, and it frustrated him), I sought out something different.
What I found was a game I’d never heard of before. A game where Santa turns potentially threatening toys and oversized rats into harmless presents to collect and drop on cities all over the world, all wrapped up in the bow of a side-scroller game.
That game, you ask? Why, Daze Before Christmas!
Daze Before Christmas
Daze Before Christmas is a 1994 side-scroller developed by Norwegian video game Funcom, and was released to the Sega Mega Drive in 1994 by Sunsoft, exclusively in Australia. A Super Nintendo release occurred in both Australia and Europe, but not in the United States. Daze Before Christmas was one of the last games released by Sunsoft’s United States division.
As Santa, you’re out to conquer the evil snowman who imprisoned your elves and kidnapped your reindeer. Using Awesome Magical Christmas Powers (my words), evil rats and toys become harmless Christmas presents. Santa collects these presents in each level, and drops them over major cities as the player progresses through the game.
The game consists of twenty-four different levels (like an Advent calendar), and pit Santa against the elements – dangerous toy factories, ice caves, snow, The North Pole, and the skies above London.
The game’s colorful graphics and fun visuals are not merely cover for a substandard game. The controls are excellent, and compliment the fun visuals. I tried the first six levels of the game, and I had fun playing what I tried so far. The graphics are very 16-bit, the music Christmas, and it is not Home Alone. That puts it in a good light already!
So, whenever you’re ready, click play below and experience…
Daze Before Christmas
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