There is a long history in Christmas in counting down the days from the first of December to the big day – after all, who hasn’t had an Advent Calendar at some point?
So we’re celebrating the silly season with a countdown of our own. One game that has been released this year that makes for the perfect Christmas game, each day, all the way down to Christmas Eve.
You can see previous games on our own little Advent Calendar on the side of the site. Just click on any date that has passed and you’ll be redirected (don’t get too excited and jump ahead though – the current page will simply reload). Hopefully it keeps you and your family in the good times for the whole of the best time of year.
The 24 Games Of Christmas
Day #18: Shovel Knight
Remember being eight years old, anxiously shredding dollars worth of wrapping paper solely for the sake of ceremony, and savagely liberating your beloved Nintendo Entertainment System from its cardboard confines? Huh? You’re 14 and grew up on the PlayStation 2?
Well, bear with me here because Shovel Knight is the kind of game that will send you back to grade school again…even if you’re still in it. The game’s mechanics are based on a kaleidoscope of retro games – Castlevania, Duck Tales, Zelda II come to mind – with healthy doses of creative, modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure. If you’re into humour in the form of quirky enemy designs and witty dialogue, you’re in luck as well.
It isn’t overtly Christmas-themed beyond the token snow/ice levels that are to be expected in platformers, but 8-bit or not, there’s an indescribable magic tied to it that will surely capture the hearts of the young and old.