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Santa's Christmas Village

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

17 great age-spanning games make this app feel like a gift.

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When you see that SANTA'S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE offers 17 games in one, you may assume that it's one of those quickie apps that toss a bunch of crummy low-budget games into one package to make them look better. But believe us, it's not. All of these classic app games -- including connect-four, hangman, memory match, mah-jongg, sudoku, solitaire, Simon Says, and so on -- are presented in fun, lively, seasonally appropriate ways. Game pieces become holiday ornaments, bells, reindeer, or Christmas cookies. And the whole array is presented within a whimsical North Pole hub world. Simply tap on any of the 17 buildings to play a game. The educational games, featuring math, spelling, and geography are a nice addition, too. To get all of these well-made, thoughtfully-designed app games in one economically priced package feels like a true holiday gift. And since the developer added two new games for free this season, it stands to reasont that they may add more free games in years to come.

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