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The Snow Runs Red

rated 3.94 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Multidirectional

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Dec 20, 2010 | 6:13 AM EST

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NO TREE FOR ME 10 Points Survive an entire level with a dead tree
GET A LIFE 25 Points Collect tree extra lives during a single game
KID KILLA 25 Points Kill each type of kid at least 5 times
25 AND STILL ALIVE 50 Points Survive to level 25
AMMO KABLAMO 50 Points Max out Mrs. Claus' ammo capacity
BLOODY MESS 50 Points Survive 15 levels without dying once
GIMME GIMME 50 Points Max out the gift drop rate of your tree
HEALTHY HEART 50 Points Max out Mrs. Claus' hit points capacity
TREE HUGGER 50 Points Max out your tree defenses
WINTER WARRIOR 100 Points Max out all four upgrade categories

Author Comments

Here's a bloody fun Christmas holiday surprise for all our chums here on Newgrounds!

It is the year 2020 and the spoiled children of the world have gotten greedier with each passing year. Santa couldn't take it anymore, so he killed himself and now all the children are raiding the North pole to find out why there aren't any Christmas presents this year. Santa may be gone, but Mrs. Claus is still alive and she's EXTREMELY PISSED OFF at how all the kids couldn't give a damn about her late husband. Now, the time has finally come to make the children pay the ultimate price for being on the naughty list!


Arrow Keys / WASD = Move
Mouse = Aim
Left Click / Space = shoot
P = Pause Game
M = Mute

***NOTE*** We've now set it so the game gets exponentially more difficult. Once you've collected all the medals and made it past level 25, see how long you can last and compete for the high scores, because the enemies will get much stronger and faster from that point onward!

Hope you all have a great holiday season and thanks for playing our game! Big thanks to Tom and Newgrounds for the continued support of our game projects! Have fun painting the snow red!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's alright.

I always love these pixel art games, and this one was one of the better ones. The controls aren't bad, but they can get frustrating depending on where you're trying to shoot. It didn't seem like there was much of a strategy in the higher levels, as I found myself camping in a corner just so I didn't run out of health.

Also, trying to protect yourself AND the tree can be a bitch.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very good game.

OK, I'll give you a lowdown:

The plot sounds like the plot from a Family Guy Christmas Special that I had watched in which Santa Claus was overwhelmed by the greed people have and how he is taken for granted. I give the plot 4/10.

The controls are a bit OK, if not excellent. On the other hand, the game is so good that I want to play again.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars


not nice so childish i rather play warcraft3


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Lightsabers: for kids 5 and up.

Great game, and nice themed music, (lacks tree repair and more aiming ability). I give it a 7/10 for effort, but this could really use more focus on the gameplay. Good theme and all, but lack of any really unique gameplay.

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

Not Fantastic

I approve of holiday themed games in general, but only if they are executed well. This game, I'm sorry to say, is not an example of such. Why? Lets hit up my talking points.

1) Plot
I think that games should either have a good plot, (johnny rocketfingers 2) or none at all (any of the thing thing arenas). This game falls unfortunately into the midway point. It gave a reason for having Mrs Clause slaughter children, but in no way was it a coherent storyline. We all know why we are here: to blow some brains out. While this game certainly gives us this opportunity (to an extent, as I'll get into later), the "plot" the game provides is shallow and sloppy, not really adding anything to the game other than a reason to kill. Perhaps the creator of the game could have other beings rampage the tree, instead of children?

2) Gameplay.
I'm gonna be honest. It was sloppy, at best. I did not enjoy having only 8 aiming points; maybe the author should consider employing a few more revolution points? If not that, I would have at least appreciated crosshairs, or other similar aiming device. The children moved very quickly and were extremely difficult to hit, making the aiming even more of a problem, as it lacked any aid in getting the projectile to the target. I would have appreciated if the children began coming in at only 1 entrance, and progressed in number of entrances as the game progressed.

3) Layout
No problems. I like how you gained points, and were able to purchase perks as the game went on. It was similar to a number of other flash games' systems, and performed quite nicely.

4) Items
Not bad, actually. I found the available extra weapons to be good, and the process of receiving them straightforward. They were greatly appreciated when Mrs Clause was surrounded by a hoard of children. However, a few weapons were inhibitory, like the bombs. I wish there was some way to switch back to the normal gun if you got a item that you did not like.

5) Graphics
Wonderful. Classic, intro screen and all. Who doesn't like 8 bit?

6) Music
I found the demonic, 8 bit "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree" to be very nifty

In conclusion, this wasn't a terrible game, but there were some real issues. I think I got a little steamed about the plot; no one really gives a damn about that anyway. But I hope you see my argument with the gameplay as valid. It was the real hindrance to the game and its performance and playability. All in all, not terrible, but not a gold medal either.

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