It’s the big countdown! Just as you pull out your advent calendars to count down the 24 days to Christmas, so too are we going to count down in our own way, by highlighting 24 games that you could play this month to get into the spirit of the season.
Christmas means different things to different people, but we see it as a time to get together with family and friends, relax after a long year’s hard work (and, given this is 2020, it was an especially hard year), enjoy good food and good company. It’s a good time to knock off that epic RPG you’ve had sitting in the backlog, or crack open the beers (or eggnog) and get stuck into the local multiplayer battles.
Each day we’ll highlight one game that you could have a great time playing over the Christmas season. It’s not a countdown, nor is it a “best of” list. It’s not highlighting new games, nor old. It’s just 24 games, one per day, that we love the idea of breaking into over the season. Have a great and happy season, everyone!
Game #16: Part-Time UFO
The Christmas tales of yore tell us that Santa’s elves manufacture toys for the jolly man himself to deliver to every child on his Nice List. I’d like to believe Jobski, the protagonist of Part-Time UFO, is the one who loads Santa’s sleigh every year. Hopefully he was able to claw his way up to a wage befitting his talents.
You’ve probably seen claw machines (UFO catchers in Japan) dozens of times in your life, perhaps even experienced the thrill of winning a plush toy. How about controlling a sentient one trying to make money and flying him across various real-world locations, then? Part-Time UFO takes full advantage of its instantly-recognisable mechanics and the ensuing physics manipulation. Its ridiculous scenarios, quirky characters, charming presentation, and enduring leitmotif make it an absolute delight.
The result is a very accessible phone game you can bust out any time you need to kill a few minutes waiting for your family. Best of all, this UFO catcher won’t steal your money with the false promise of a Batman toy. No, I’m not bitter almost 20 years later…
– Clark A.