Daze Before Christmas Review by: Totts
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas, but wait it's "only days before Christmas Santa slept in his house, an evil plot was bewing cooked up by awful louse. The cold and evil snowman scared all the elves away, timekeeper stole plans from Santas house that day. But for the vicious louse this wasn't bad enough; -I'm really gonna show'em I'm gonna play rough!!!"
And, yes boys and girls, its up to you as Santa to fight the evil snowmen and stuff. And, oh yeah, with the power of Santa's magic coffee, you also get the chance to turn into Anti-Santa (Heh, the Anti-Krist? and when you're Anti-Santa, you're harder to damage, your attack changes and cool music plays.
At the start, as a platform game, you have two options of play: magic attack (which looks like snow) and jump. There really isn't much to do except jump and kill things, imagine that Santa killing things. Scattered throughout the levels are enemies and gifts, which contain either bonuses, enemies, or bombs (insert your favorite Unabomber joke here). And of course there's your standard platform game obstacles, moving platforms, etc.
Occasionally, you'll have to jump in your sleigh and deliver your gifts by throwing your packages out of the sleigh into chimneys while avoiding various obstacles (depending on the city): in England, you must dodge hot-air balloons (!?) and helicopters. In Russia? You must avoid pieces of the Mir Space Station. Japan? and..........? Dogs with nuclear rockets tied to their backs????????
The designers tried to be creative with the bosses too, but only one gripe, they're a bit too easy to beat, but we can't make things too hard for poor ole Santa can we and ourselves with all our energies going to our stomachs with all that turkey and stuffing we are having to digest! The enemies overall, however, are festive and fun and after all this is a great chance to have a good old fashioned blast.
The graphics are nicely rendered without being overly complicated in keeping with the fun and festive spirit of the game and its cartoon like quality. Some of the backgrounds could be improved by today's standards, but are interesting nevertheless.
The music and sound aren't bad either, the musician did a pretty good job mixing traditional Christmas songs in with the music to create original, yet familiar songs.
It's great to get the chance to play as 'good old Santa", but be prepared to also face the WRATH OF THE ANTI-SANTA!