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Free Online Holiday Games - Holly: A Christmas Tale

by: MD Weems ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Looking for a free to play holiday game to get your spirits in the mood for some shopping or family fun? While Holly: A Christmas Tale is one that you'll have to buy after your free hour of game play is up, it is still a fun ride.

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    One Fun Game

    In Holly: A Christmas Tale, you are Holly, a toy store worker who is picked to help Santa on his magical night. But, your journey is not easy - you have to deal with a messy store, filling one last order of the night, cleaning up after dinner at home, helping the messy little elves find their clothing, and even finding lost toys and sorting out the right bags for different countries. The game itself is a "find it" type game, where you have to find special objects, find the differences in two pictures, or search out lost items. The good thing about this game is that every level is different. So, you don't get bored quickly with the same board over and over - and the same type of puzzle over and over.

    Of course, just the story isn't everything to a good holiday game. So, let's go through some of the other items in the game that make it a good one for any age, such as graphics, sounds, and more.

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    Let's start with the first thing you notice about the game: the graphics. While they aren't exactly real-life type photos, they are great. The colors are vibrant and easy to distinguish, and the lines are clear and well-defined. I was really pleasantly surprised to see how well the game itself was constructed graphically, as some of the seeking games to come out lately are, well, less than good. But this game is what you have come to know and expect from Big Fish Games, and it doesn't disappoint. Plus, the graphics are done good enough that children can easily play this fun game and have a blast doing it.

    Overall, I give the graphics in Holly: A Christmas Tale a solid 5 out of 5.

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    Story Line

    Yes, Holly, there is a story line here - and a pretty cute one at that. You play Holly, a dedicated toy store employee who is chosen by Santa to help make Christmas happen for the millions of children around the world. But, on your way, you must face challenges to help get everything ready for the big night. In between each level is a short comic that tells the story a bit more each time, and gives the reason for the next puzzle that you have to solve. While this is a cartoon comic you are reading, the graphics are just as well done as the game levels themselves and the story is really well written and a great holiday one as well. You will go through finishing up at the shop, cooking dinner for the family, meeting the elves, meeting Santa, and even helping with the toy delivery. It's a great base story line that helps to pull the game together and make it one that anyone will get a kick out of playing.

    Overall, I give the story line in Holly: A Christmas Tale another solid 5 out of 5.

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    The Puzzles

    I was actually expecting this to be one of those games that you whiz right through and never really bat an eye. I was a bit wrong on that account! While the puzzles in each level might look like a kid's game, they really aren't. In fact, I actually had trouble with some of them - even the level where you sort the bags by the country that they are going to (but don't tell any of my old geography professors). The puzzles are really well put together and well designed, so that anyone can play them and be challenged. I even let my kids take a couple turns at this game before my free trial was up, and they found things I didn't find, but I did have to help them on others. Being avid "I Spy" fans, they absolutely loved this game though - and so did I, so needless to say, this is one great holiday game that the whole family can enjoy and have fun playing together.

    Overall, I give the puzzles and levels in the game another 5 out of 5.

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    It was really hard for me to give this game anything less than top ratings. It was fun, challenging, and allowed me to play with my kids as well without worrying what might be next. So, I would recomment this fun holiday game to anyone who is looking for something fun to do in their free time. Now, you do get a free hour of play on this game, but after that you have to purchase it. But, for a game that is less than $20, it is well worth the money and the family time that you'll get out of playing together.