Christmas might still be a good month away, but for Santa’s helpers, the grind starts now. We have the whole world to cover as we spread the season’s warmth with presents. And when I say the world, it means we are hopping from Europe to Asia to America and islands in between all that while on Santa’s Run.
I must say that it is not so easy to deliver the presents; the technique may be simple but to master it, in short, takes a lot of patience and presents. Touch, drag and release are how it works, but for them to be delivered accurately, we have to take into account the wind strength and where it is blowing. We also need to position ourselves on the right strength indicator which is colored for easy reference. The presents go in through the chimneys and doors of the houses.
The developers prefer to call the two game modes as mini games; at first I thought that they were additional games. Anyway, we can choose to play between the Around the World and Endless Delivery modes. In the first instance, we start with a specific location and go on to the next once we have completed our tasks. So we have to go from Europe and land up in America, dropping off gifts all the while. We can know how many presents to deliver to a certain house by the number that’s displayed right next to it.
In Endless Delivery, we get to choose the location, and as the name suggests, we have to deliver as many gifts as we can to a house that will be highlighted. The houses get highlighted in random order, so we have to change our delivery aim accordingly.
Santa’s Run has got amazing graphics. The controls work well and accompanied by the beautiful interface and lively music, make the game play a delight. It is OpenFeint enabled, so scores can be compared on the local and global levels.
It is definitely a great way to kick-start the holiday season. Ho, ho, ho!