Dec 052011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Suggestions For the Kids
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If you were to ask anyone in my family if I have “Christmas spirit”, they would probably laugh at you.  Not because I don’t have any Christmas spirit, but because I have so much.  I love everything from the lights to the decorations to the songs to the movies to the feeling in the air.
So I know that my younger self would have loved the new Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town video game (available on the Nintendo DS or the Wii).  I know this because my older self thinks it’s pretty cute, too.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is inspired by the classic ABC claymation TV show of the same name.  The show tells the story of Kris Kringle and how he became Santa Claus; debuting in 1970, it’s one of the longest-running holiday specials of all time and is watched by millions each year.  The game lets you join in the fun as you join Kris Kringle and his friends as they escape the Burgemeister Meisterburger and bring toys to the children of Sombertown.
The game play (we tried the DS version) is simple and straight-forward.  It’s basically a platforming adventure game (run, jump, collect things) with a fun Christmas theme.  You get to collect snowflakes and deliver toys as you move through the storyline.  There are three main adventures to play and over 20 mini-games – everything from puzzles to mazes to coloring.
If you have kids, are a kid at heart, or have kids on your shopping list, I think this would make a nice purchase this year.  Both versions are under $20 which makes it nice, too.
Where to Buy:
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is available on Nintendo DS ($19.99) and Nintendo Wii ($19.96) from Amazon and other retailers.
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I received a copy of the game in order to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% mine and my family’s.