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The Christmas Hustle

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A small christmas game where you manage Santa's factory!

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The Graphics are bright and vivid. This is definitely a new and original concept. Once you figure things out, and you can really enjoy the gameplay. Not bad for a small Christmas game.

It's very confusing to grasp what's going on in the first place without any explanation or tutorial (what little tutorial there is vanishes almost immediately), but once I did figure out what the deal was, I had a pretty fun time: though goddamn is this game hard!

Definitely reminds me of those manic order-fulfillment games like Overcooked, Cook, Serve, Delicious and others where you need to manage this conveyor belt of toys and mold/color/package them all simultaneously as they go back. It's definitely a bit frustrating to juggle everything at once, especially since you are so at the whims of the conveyor belt which keeps everything so annoyingly in sync to offer so little room for mistakes (I kept praying to be able to drag objects ahead to stations on the conveyor), but I did find the challenge of the limitations fun to try and get good at its mind-bending nature!

A nice seasonal and festive game, a quick thing to play and it is fun. Honestly I don't have much issue with lack of tutorial, the game is very straight forward and you can figure out quickly what's going on. All I could ask is a bit more variety in the gameplay, as its replayability can quickly tank, so something like an endless mode that gets faster would be nice.

I kinda have to agree with @quamp1. The instructions could have been a little clearer. The game is so fast that the little tutorial bubble fades away the second you've read it and at first it is not entirely clear that you need to package the gifts in accordance with the icons at the top.
That said, the UI actually communicates the gameplay objective quite well, it's just that the game is so fast that it's difficult to grasp at first.

That said, it's actually a quite fun and challenging little game once you've got the hang of it. I do like the game's visual and sound design and the premise of a game being easy to learn, yet hard to master is always a win in my book. :)

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3.58 / 5.00

Dec 7, 2021
5:20 PM EST