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Christmas roundup: 15 festive games, apps and themes for the holiday season

16 December 2011, Software Publisher

Christmas is very nearly upon us, and over the past couple of weeks we have been collecting together some of the best festive offerings available. Whether you’re looking for some seasonal games to keep the kids (or yourself) entertained, a festive app for your iPhone, or something to give your desktop a more Christmassy look, there’s something here for you. In this round up we take a look at some of the software you may have missed.

For fans of simple strategy games Christmas Troubles – Tower Defense Game 1.0 is a great way to get into the festive spirit. With fun graphics and instant appeal, this is a game that’s suitable for all ages. If you’re more of a puzzler, Christmas Puzzle 1.0 is a festive take on the classic game Bejewelled, while Christmas Crisis 1.3.9 is a vertical scroller in which the aim is help Santa deliver his presents all over the world. Despite the very similar name, Christmas Eve Crisis is a platform game that’s also a race against the clock, but a different game nonetheless. From the same stables comes Chicken Invaders 4.1: Ultimate Omelette Christmas Edition which features wonderfully quirky graphics in a game that finds in a Chicken and Christmas inspired take on the classic Space Invaders; yes, it’s silly, but it’s a huge amount of fun.

Warm yourself in front of your screen using this Christmas log fire screensaver

Christmas is all about fun, but this doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to festive games. Desktop Christmas Tree Collection is a great way to brighten up your desktop with a series of animation Christmas trees and snow globes – you can choose to add just one, or go over the top with a Christmas tree forest. Another great way to customize your computer is Christmas Living 3D Fireplace Screensaver which features a stunning crackling log fire while Christmas Icon Packs provide you with the opportunity to customize your desktop with a series of Christmas icon.

If a screensaver isn’t quite your thing, DesktopSnowOK 1.61 may be what you have been looking for. This cool utility transforms your desktop into a snow featuring customizable snow flakes that flutter from the top of your monitor. To quickly transforms the look of your entire desktop, look no further that the official Microsoft Holiday Lights Theme Pack which feature a new color scheme, desktop backgrounds and more. Anyone who fancies getting creative need not feel left out as the selection of Christmas fonts can be used to create everything from Christmas cards to name tag or posters.

You may be looking forward to getting an iPhone or iPad for Christmas, but if you already have one, there are a number of apps you might want to check out in the run up to the big day. PopOut! The Night Before Christmas 1.3 is a delightful animated book of the classic Christmas poem that will be loved by kids and anyone feeling nostalgic. A Charlie Brown Christmas 2.0 will be loved by fans of Chuck and the gang as the famous Peanuts tale receives and receives an iOS makeover with stunning graphics, sumptuous audio and a wealth of interactive elements that will keep you entertained for hours. iOS gamers have not been forgotten. Piggly Christmas Edition 1.0.0 is a fun platformer in which you must help Mrs Piggly collect a variety of treats to feed her family. There is also an iPad version available in the form of Piggly Christmas Edition HD 1.0.0.

If you weren’t already excited about Christmas, there’s plenty here to get you in the mood. Have a browse through the downloads and you’re sure to find something you like.

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