Best App for Reindeer Games
Choose your weapon: Santa’s sleigh is armed with a cannon to sling “attack elves” at grinches or presents at houses. Tap your choice of ammo at left, and fire with the button at right. Aim for a grinch and let him have it with a shrieking elf bomb. Rack up points and compare your score with the app’s Open Feint lederboard.
Don’t Freeze up: Steering your sleigh with the iPhone’s accelerometer is easy and intuitive, and the game is forgiving for young drivers. Crashing the sled simply frosts the windshield for a few seconds.
Santa Wings 2: Save Christmas
Website: Bottle Rocket
Save Christmas by blasting grinches and firing presents into (presumably grateful) homes from Santa’s sleigh. From the makers of the Wings flight simulator, Santa Wings has you swooping through a 3D village by tipping and tilting your iPhone or iPod Touch. Fire elves at invading grinches, or shoot presents into houses to earn points. But be careful: if you get it backwards and shoot elves at houses or give presents to grinches, you lose peppermint power. If your candy cane goes to zero, it’s game over for Christmas.
Mean Grinch: Apparently high on roast beast, the Whos like to party, and your job is to keep them quiet. As each house lights up, it starts making noise. Flick the screen to fire a snowball to hit the offending house. The more you hit, the longer you play—a mixed blessing if you find the Who noisemakers as grating as the Grinch does.
Merry grinch: When you’re done wrecking Whoville parties, you can make up for it by delivering presents instead. It’s the same basic idea—flick to hit houses—but this time you have to match colored presents to the same-colored houses. Turn on the Grinch’s heart light by racking up points.
Website: Oceanhouse Media
This low-key casual game puts the Grinch on the other side of the action, flicking either snowballs or presents at the houses of Whoville. Choose between two games depending on your mood—mean or merry. Mean Grinch flings snowballs at partying Whoville homes. It’s hard to blame the Grinch for this one: The houses makes grating noisemaker sounds, and hitting one shuts it up for a few seconds. If you’re feeing more charitable, the Merry Grinch delivers presents to grateful Whos. Deliver the most presents in this timed game to earn points and make the Grinch’s heart grow from its usual “two sizes too small” size.
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