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Your Christmas Diversion: Snow Line

December 25, 2009

As could be said about most of the drivel that serves as diversion in the holiday season, finding a decent game based on Christmas is tough…but not impossible. Right here, I’ve got a holiday game that grabs you and doesn’t let go, at least for an hour or so. It’s not a technical marvel, it’s not terribly original, and its grasp of physics is…well, it’s questionable. Still, it beats the horrible platforming and overly simplistic minigames of most Christmas games by at least the length of nine flying reindeer.

Snow Line showed up during the Christmas season in 2006, which means it predates the most popular “draw a solution” game out there — Petri Purho’s Crayon Physics — by a couple of years. It was developed by Russian developer Iriysoft, of which little is known other than that they specialize in those tossed-off Flash games that you don’t give a second thought. Last year, a sequel arrived, so maybe we can expect Snow Line 3 next year.

The idea here is that you draw a slope for Santa (or, in the sequel, an elf) to sleigh down, so that he can collect the presents and reach the finish line. Why is Santa collecting presents instead of delivering them? Where are his reindeer? Irrelevant. This is a Flash game, after all.

So here you go. If one too many sugar plums have you fighting a bout of insomnia tonight, the pleasant gameplay of Snow Line and Snow Line 2 might be your festive little cure. Just turn off the music if you value your sanity.

Click here to check out Snow Line

…and click here to check out Snow Line 2.

Merry Christmas, all.

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