Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and to Your Wii

Last Christmas, Red Wagon Games entered the scene having released a video game that was based on the iconic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. A year later, they again contribute to the growing list of Wii games with the title Wii Santa Claus is Comin' To Town. While there is also a version of this game for the Nintendo DS, it vastly differs from the one on the Nintendo Wii, so keep in mind this review is exclusive to this version.

In this game, you play as Santa Claus himself. This game is of the side-scrolling sort, and the objective is for kids to collect snowflakes. If you collect enough snowflakes in a level, the remaining snowflakes you have not yet collected will turn golden.

Some levels have you give gifts to children who are standing around in the street. The mayor in the game had outlawed toys because he injured himself on a toy that was left in front of his doorstep, presenting a bit of a plot to the game. Santa Claus is also supposedly willing to accept responsibility for giving the kids toys, but strangely, you are also tasked to run away from the mayor after that — so much for responsibility. If you happen to get caught by a guard, you must try and pull yourself away from his grasp so that you can continue to hand out toys and then complete the level.

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Every level you play also has a hidden sock somewhere in it, and collecting this sock allows you to obtain additional features. For example, you can unlock stills and artwork from the movie by collecting the hidden socks. They are not too thoroughly hidden, so even kids should be okay finding them as they play.

Kids will definitely enjoy this title. It is easy to play and features some mini-games as well. Parents will have no problem letting their child play this, especially because there are no adult themes here. Despite having twenty-five levels, though, the game can easily be beaten over the course of a weekend, so it does not have too great a lasting appeal.

Fans of the movie will also enjoy this title. If you listen carefully, you can hear real sound bytes from the Santa Claus is Comin' to Town movie, and the voices are pretty memorable. Even the music really roped me in, making me think of Christmas. The in-game storyline is followed quite closely, and you can pick out characters from the movie.

Overall, if you were a fan of the movie or have children who want to play a game where they play as Santa and get to hand out presents, then this is a good game to seek out for a weekend of fun.