This weeks edition of Hi Five explores the limited selection of Christmas-themed games where myself, Jim Cullinane – editor-in-chief at Fing’rs & Thu’ums, select my top five games. Digging through the archives and crawling the oddities of the video game industry I have resurrected my Hi Five Christmas video games.
Disclaimer – these are my top five and are in no way to be considered an official list.
5 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble
Sure, Donkey Kong Country 3 is a great game, and even a great game to play over Christmas. But it is not actually a Christmas-themed game. That is however, until you enter “Merry” as a code during the file selection screen.
The game turns into an amazing Christmas game with all the bonus levels playing Christmas music. You also collect bells and presents instead of the normal stars and bananas! If you didn’t know this then go and give it a try!
4 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge
Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge is a sequel to the events within the film. It is set a year after the events that took place in Tim burton’s classic and shows Jack Skellington becoming bored with the idea of Halloween once more.
Sure, some people would argue this is a game about Halloween, but come on – it has Christmas in the title at least!
3 Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare (PC, 1995)
Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare is a shareware release of the original Jazz Jackrabbit. The game is technically part of a trilogy of games that features a green anthropomorphic hare who fights his nemesis turtle, Devan Shell.
It is a science fiction parody of The Tortoise and the Hare. This release of the game allows you to choose the main game of the Holiday Hare 95 levels. how Christmassy!
2 Home Alone (SEGA Genesis, 1991)
Growing up with Home Alone I couldn’t leave this one off the list. There were several different versions of the game depending on the platform. The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive variant still included the plotline of Kevin battle the Wet Bandits, but also the player had to protect the houses of the neighbourhood until the police arrived.
This took 20 minutes on easy and 40 minutes on the harder difficulty. Starting with a BB gun and ending up with a bazooka really made the game take a slightly different approach to the films, but one that gave a huge amount of enjoyment.
1 Christmas Lemmings (Amiga, 1993)
Who doesn’t remember Lemmings? They became a culture icon and were hugely popular in the 1980’s and even the 1990’s. The games received several expansions and add-ons. Christmas Lemmings (also known as Holiday Lemmings) were released as a series of short games that could be played without the original content as the original games were not required.
Xmas Lemmings first released in 1991 and then 1992 as demo versions of the game and saw full retail releases in 1993 and 1994 for the Amiga and Atari ST. The best thing about these releases? The Lemmings actually wore little Santa outfits! How cute!
What will next weeks Hi Five be about? Well you can decide. Send us your ideas via Facebook or Twitter and we will pick one at random, no matter how obscure they might be! And the creator will get a mention too.