I’m finally getting around to writing a review of the Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town video game. Red Wagon Games sent me the Wii version for review on my geek dad blog. There’s also a DS version of the game. As you can probably tell by the name of the video game, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is based on the classic TV show with the same name. Bottom line: the game is easy to play and a lot of fun for a little one. It’s also very affordable at under $20. The Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town video game for the Wii is available now for $19.96. The Nintendo DS version is currently available for $15.94. The video game is rated E for everyone. [Note: today is the last day enter to win the Santa Claus is Comin' to Town video game over on my dad blog.]
There are two game modes in the Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town video game: (1) mini games and (2) story. In mini games mode, you have the option of playing gift giving or toy repair minigames. To be honest, my kids didn’t really like the mini games. On the other hand, my six year old loves story mode. In story mode, you are Kris Kringle. It’s your job to collect magical snowflakes and hand out toys to the kids of Sombertown. Of course, Burgermeister Meisterburger and his guards are trying to stop you. In addition, you also have to deal with icy conditions that can make you fall.
To play the game, you use the control pad and buttons on the Wii remote to move your character around the screen. Using the remote makes navigation simpler, but it doesn’t take advantage of the Wii’s motion sensing ability. In addition, my daughter didn’t understand this game isn’t like our other Wii games. As a result, she kept moving left and right, and jumping up and down in an attempt to move her character. This of course, didn’t move the character at all. I had to tell her multiple times to use the buttons on the Wii remote to move her character before she finally understood. Once she figured that out, she didn’t have any problems. In fact, she had a blast playing the game.
The Santa Claus game supports a second player in story mode. The second player plays the part of Topper the penguin. However, the second player doesn’t actually get to do a whole lot. Other than jumping and throwing snowballs, the second player is limited to following Kris Kringle around. For this type of game, I actually expected this (especially since the game has a list price of only $20). Even though the second player can’t do a whole, my kids had a lot of fun throwing snowballs at me. They’re brats!