Santa’s Run [App Store Link] is basically a game similar to Paper Toss, except you play as Santa trying to get presents to people’s houses instead of throwing paper into a garbage can. Overall the mechanics are a bit different–instead of just flicking and releasing like in Paper Toss, you simply drag the present to one of three concentric rings to indicate which building you are going for and adjust for left/right position taking into account the wind speed and then release to see if you make it.
Overall I prefer Paper Toss’ mechanics more and that game is overall better than Santa’s Run. And is free. While Santa’s Run costs $0.99. This game is a lighthearted game to get you in the mood for Christmas, and for that it does a pretty decent job. As an actual game that’s not free like Paper Toss, I’m not sure I can really recommend it–it’s really shallow gameplay that just gets boring after a couple minutes and there’s nothing really appealing to me to keep me coming back–and that’s now, before Christmas is even over. After Christmas is over I doubt I’d ever fire up the game again.
I started taking into account value in our previous review of Earth Dragon and I’ll continue that here–if you need to pay for a game to get yourself into the mood for the holidays, check out Doodle Jump (a game that since we reviewed it and mentioned that it should be on every iPhone seems to have landed itself on many of them–selling over a million copies now) with its snowy holiday theme with Santa Sleighs and Reindeer Monsters and snowball shooting.
If Santa’s Run were free I’d say give it a shot for getting into the Christmas spirit, but overall it’s a reasonably boring game that’s just missing ‘something’ that would make me want to keep coming back to it.
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