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Old 12-23-2011, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting into the Holiday Spirit with The Daze Before Christmas

Christmas is just a stone's throw away, so we thought we'd wrap up the year with a delightfully weird game that sadly never made it down the chimney in 1994. Developed by Age of Conan creators Funcom and planned for the Sega Genesis and Super NES, The Daze Before Christmas was released in extremely limited quantities in Australia and missed the United States completely. Sunsoft deserves the blame for the game's ill fortunes... the publisher hit hard times in the early 1990s and retreated from America shortly after Daze was finished, leaving the game without a distributor.

Would Christmas be ruined forever? Not a chance! Like a stop-motion Rankin-Bass hero, the internet arrived just in time to save the day, delivering this high-tech holiday tribute to American gamers shortly after its cancellation. Today, The Daze Before Christmas is even more of a treat; one of the better side-scrolling platformers on 16-bit consoles and a game which wears its love for the season on its fur-lined sleeve.

Daze casts you as Santa Claus, fighting to recover his elven workforce and eight tiny reindeer from the icy grip of an evil snowman. Saint Nick's preferred weapon is a swirl of magic Christmas snow, but he can upgrade to a searing blast of fire or even unleash his inner Grinch by quaffing a cup of caffeine-packed cocoa. The furious, vaguely demonic Anti-Claus knows no pain and can't be stopped by the enemies in each stage, but he's too naughty to open gifts, cheating you out of valuable power-ups until the cocoa works its way through Santa's system.

The gameplay is nothing surprising, cut from the same cloth as other 16-bit platformers like Global Gladiators, Earthworm Jim, and Aladdin for the Genesis. However, the presentation goes far beyond expectations, painting the loveliest picture of Christmas you're likely to find in a video game. Stages are prefaced with an advent calender and a beautifully drawn preview of the action to come, and the animation is brimming with life, with Santa spiralling down massive candy canes and swinging his free arm enthusiastically as he runs.

You'll probably have plenty to do this holiday, but if you've got a spare moment between unwrapping gifts, snuggling with your love by the fireplace, and ushering in the new year with friends, give The Daze Before Christmas a spin. It's sure to put a smile on your face as wide as Santa' delivery route.



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Not sure if your kidding or not, but I enjoyed it enough to beat it one day. One of the handfull of SNES games that runs good on a DC.
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Not kidding, great way to get into Holiday Spirit.
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