3 Classic Christmas video games

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There are so many different video games out there, from arcade classics through to modern masterpieces. It's a bit surprising however, that there aren't actually that many video games with a Christmas theme. In fact, if you're looking for a festive experience you might struggle to find any games at all with locations or characters that reflect the merriest time of the year. 

Never fear though,the Playtime team have put our heads together and come up with three of the most festive gaming experiences around. 


There's one genre that unashamedly comes to the rescue of Christmas gaming, and that is pinball. Of course, there are literally thousands of different pinball titles, so it makes sense that a few of them would be related to the holidays. There are plenty of options to choose from, with snow-set games sitting alongside more radical interpretations such as giant Christmas trees where the goal is to bounce your ball to the top for maximum points. If that's not the spirit of the holidays then we don't know what is! 

Christmas NiGHTS

For a more specific example of a great Christmas game, this 1996 title from SEGA is widely considered one of the best around. In reality, this game is a couple of extra levels to the original "NiGHTS into Dreams" game, but it more than makes up for its short length with exciting gameplay and a dreamy plot that carries players through a winter wonderland. The story may not make the most sense, but hey, that isn't the point. Park yourself in front of "Christmas NiGHTS" and fly through the countryside collecting those pesky Christmas orbs! 


Okay, this one is perhaps cheating a little bit, but you know what, it's a fantastic game and the bonus content opens up some entirely new ways to play. NBA Jam was first released in 1994, and has gone on to become one of the most beloved arcade titles of all time. The hype has only increased with addition of new content, and now players can settle scores on the court with teams of elves, turkeys and of course Santa. HD re-releases in recent years have only made the experience better, so this one rounds out our list and claims a well-deserved spot on the Christmas game totem pole. 

There you have it! Three great Christmas gaming experiences that are fun for kids and adults alike. To secure yourself a slice of some classic arcade action, book at your local Playtime today.