Name: Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol Collector's Edition
Release Date: 06 December 2013
Developer: Elephant Games
It is that time of the year again, where the air is filled with love and joy. Elephant Games has brought back our favorite Christmas Hidden Object franchise, as a follow-up to last year's amazing Nutcracker. But can Scrooge and his pals beat the nut-cracking soldier?
As the title of the game might suggest, Christmas Stories 2 is heavily based on the famous novel, "A Christmas Carol" although there are a few twists and turns. You have to travel back in the past, change Scrooge's history and change the man's fate once and for all. It is definitely an interesting concept even if it is not entirely unique; you will meet many characters who are associated with Mr. Scrooge, as well as the Evil Scrooge who always cause you troubles and the Good Scrooge who can help you animate objects!
The visual presentation is splendid as usual, the colors, the tones, the shades are perfectly balanced. All of the aspects in the scenes are extremely detailed and stunningly beautiful. The cutscenes are professionally created and are expertly voiced. The soundtracks are charming and fits the holiday theme of the game very well.
However, there are still bits and pieces for the team to work on as A Christmas Carol is certainly not the developer's best work. There is only one format of Hidden Object scenes, which is the basic, find items on the list type - while the scenes are lovely to explore and search through, some variety would be much appreciated. Moreover, the puzzles are not as creative as we have seen in some of the previous works; they are typical with tiny changes, and most of them are not very difficult. Finally, A Christmas Carol is too similar to the Nutcracker, both the locations and the gameplay - we really feel like we have played this before.
Anyways, Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol has a nice, long main game and an equally entertaining Bonus Chapter. The Extras are plenty including fun achievements to earn and the hard-to-catch Morphing Penguins to collect.
Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol is a perfect holiday game for everyone in the family, it is delightful and compelling. It might not be as groundbreaking as the previous game, but it is surely worth the time and money.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars