Being the actual Father Christmas is not a job I would relish, given the amount of work the guy has to put in. However, playing the role of Saint Nick for just a few minutes can be jolly good fun, as Santa's Run proves.
The game charges you with the task of delivering presents to children across the planet. You need to throw the presents into the chimneys or doorways, using your finger to flick them in the air. The gameplay feels a lot like Paper Toss, so if you enjoyed that one you'll love Santa's Run.
There are two different game modes: 'Around the World' and 'Endless Delivery'. The object of Around the World is to fill all of the houses with the required number of presents in as little throws as possible. Endless Delivery sees you try to land as many presents in a row as you can. Both of them allow you to pit yourself against others online via the OpenFeint service, or share your scores via Facebook and Twitter.
There are four different locations in Santa's Run, taking you to Europe, the Far East, America, and a tropical island. All of the levels are very festive and I particularly like the way the jingly Christmas tune changes to fit the country you're in.
Ultimately, Santa's Run gets a bit repetitive and there isn't enough variety in the gameplay to make this one that you'll sit down for hours playing.
However, I can imagine Santa's Run being perfect as a festive timewaster on the bus to work in the exciting days leading up to Christmas.
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