A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The central hub of the app is quite easy to navigate. The games themselves pose varying levels of challenge, but the controls work well in all.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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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