A Christmas Carol is the second in a game series called Christmas Stories and was released December 2013 by Elephant Games. Elephant Games has created a casual hidden object game based on the original story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Mister Dickens is famous for writing Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations and many other great stories.
Main Story line
In this game, the player is not a random visitor like the in the the first Christmas Stories. The player takes the roll of the nephew of Ebenezer Scrooge. THE Ebenezer Scrooge. The game begins with a pressing letter from your uncle who, uncharacteristically, invites you over to spend Christmas. He states to be suffering from strange visions and feels “the breath of death like never before”. Can you help him figure out his visions and fill his unhappy, lonely life with good deeds? Suprisingly, the games starts at gates once more.
The urgent letter
Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve
Writing the urgent letter
Scrooges’ Property Gates
Uncle Ebenezers’ house
The game takes the player through 6 chapters and a bonus game. And, as we know it from the first Christmas Stories each chapter contains their different setting, scenery, mini games and puzzles. With the guidance of the 3 Ghosts of Christmas – Past, Present and Yet to Come, your quest is to help Ebenezer rectify and repair his life. Can you preform enough good deeds to bring some happiness and fortune into Ebenezers’ flawed and bitter life?
The gameplay is very similar to the first Christmas Stories. The general controls and navigation are as good as in The Nutcracker. The cut scenes, various mini games and hidden object puzzles may differ in type or genre but the quality remains intact. Besides Achievements, this game also has Collectibles. This time penguins are scattered throughout the game. Once again, the Hint button and a Strategy Guide are included.
Extra content with the Collectors’ Edition
The Collectors’ Edition contains 12 wallpapers, 12 concept drawings, 5 soundtracks, 2 screensavers and a bonus game. The bonus game offers a new story and new mini adventure with some familiar friends and new puzzles to solve.
I’ve experienced this game as entertaining as the Nutcracker, but more captivating. I’ve really grown fond of the concept of being carried away in a well known story, saturated with Christmas Magic and other story lines added to give the original story a unpredictable twist. The artwork used to create the scenery and puzzles again beautifully done and of high quality. The cut scenes have definitely improved and is now in the same high definition as the rest of the scenes.
As mentioned before, I would definitely recommend this game.
For more information or a free trial of A Christmas Carol, visit the official website of Elephant Games. To purchase this game, visit Big Fish Games.
I hope this review was helpful. I didn’t mean to sound repetitive, but these series are just very good and entertaining.
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