2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

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2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 26th, 2018, 9:14 pm

I don't think this game is terrible.

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby BlasteroidAli » December 26th, 2018, 11:42 pm

It is a nice review for what looks like an interesting game from Telegames. I see there is a ps2 version as well. I must admit to having never heard of it. Telegames is dead and gone many years now. So it is interesting to see these games turn up.

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby pacman000 » December 27th, 2018, 10:42 am

I've read they're still active in Europe.

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby pacman000 » December 27th, 2018, 10:44 am

Telegames' U.S. website's still up, & someone's keeping the contact info up to date: http://telegames.com/inc.htm

Telegames, Inc. (a Texas Corporation)

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1448
Mabank, TX 75147

Main Telephone: (214) 646-8600 [ effective 9/01/2015 ]

Main Fax: (214) 270-0358 [ effective 8/15/2018 ]

E-mail: Telegames, Inc.

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby C64_Critic » December 27th, 2018, 10:15 pm

Missed out the 'may contain clowns' icon!

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 27th, 2018, 10:26 pm

Does a picture of a clown count??

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Re: 2018/12/26: Game Boy Advance: Santa Claus Saves the Earth

Postby Retro STrife » December 28th, 2018, 1:12 am

Glad to see that my list of missing Christmas games has come in handy, as you've been able to hit a few this year. And it's nice to read your take on this game. I bought "Santa Claus Saves the Earth" myself last Christmas, mostly because the title of the game sounded so crazy. After I played a few levels, I wrote up my thoughts and posted them elsewhere on the forum. Here's a requote of my take:

The game starts out very promisingly, with a nice title screen and Christmas music playing. The background story is weird..something about an evil fairy trapping Santa in a magic land to prevent kids from getting presents, and Santa has to gradually get himself out of the magic land. Things only go more downhill when the game starts. It doesn't feel much like a Christmas game. Instead, the game feels like an awful generic platformer, that just happens to have Santa in it. It feels like it probably originally starred some lame character, and they probably canceled the game, and then realized "hey if we throw Santa in as the main character, we can probably sell a few copies of this garbage at Christmas!" So it literally just feels like Santa inserted into a generic game. Music plays during the game, but it's not holiday music. Also, while there are some snow and ice levels, most of the scenery and enemies have nothing to do with Christmas. The levels have boring design, the platforming is just ok, and the combat is terrible and leads to some cheap hits on you. This is much worse than the CD-i Christmas games.


As you can see, I didn't give it as much credit as you did. I felt like it was a bad platformer and was not Christmas-y at all. I don't remember what score I'd give it, but I believe it felt like a D or F game to me. That said, it was interesting to get your take on it and glad you got to cross it off the list!


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