Christmas Story (Free) by Animoca
Available on iPhone & iPod Touch
Christmas Story is a time-management game, a lot like Sally’s Spa, where you have customers coming into your toy store and you’re supposed to take them around to various stations before grabbing their money and kicking them out the door. The customers are children, so if you’re too slow at giving them what they want their eyes will well up with tears and eventually they’ll start bawling and run away screaming. Personally I think it’s funny when kids cry and run away, but that kind of defeats the purpose of this game.
The music and graphics in Christmas Story are top notch, but I’ll be gosh diddly darned if it isn’t impossible to get very far without forking over some real money to hire employees for the store! Sure, I got through the first couple of days more or less unscathed, and I even spent what little in-game credits I had to upgrade a station or two, but Mr. Gingerbread Face just can’t run the store alone.
Christmas Story is a potentially entertaining game if you’re into the time-management genre, but don’t be fooled by the “free” pricetag. It’s free, but you’ll need to quit being so cheap and buy some Santa Points if you expect to have any success.
|Sound & Graphics||Great|
|Replay Value||If you pay, you will replay|
|Overall||High quality game, but keep in mind this is definitely “freemium”|
|App Name:||Christmas Story (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||Free.|
|Available on:||iPhone & iPod Touch|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPhone 4, iOS 5.|