Some people like to spread holiday cheer by singing Christmas songs. Some like to donate new, unwrapped presents to charity. Still others like to put elves on shelves, or something like that. We here at Appletell like to let you know what holiday games are available for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Which is good, because you don’t want to hear us sing.
The list is long and frequently updated, so go ahead and bookmark us.
- New – 2kolobka has announced the release of a new unique Christmas arcade based on Santa Claus magic for iOS devices: Santa For Night Return. Santa For Night Return is a fun and addictive game about Christmas and New Year. Santa For Night Return features hours of gameplay and lots of replay value. You will find an interesting design, addictive gameplay, nice sound and of course Christmas spirit.
- New – Crazy Robot Games has announced the release of their brand new Christmas-themed action game to the iOS, Google Play, and Amazon app stores. Brat Attack – Episode 1: Christmas Revenge is just the game you’ve been waiting for! You have been placed on Santa’s Naughty list, and you are out for revenge; Not only against the big boy, Santa, but even the elves and anyone else who dares to get in your way! Make your way through various awesome areas while stealing Christmas from homes of the kids on Santa’s nice list.
- New – Mr.Fox and friends has introduced Meet Mr. Fox 1.0, its funny and educational iPad game for toddlers and preschoolers. Little Adam just opened his Christmas present and met his new toy Mr. Fox. They are going to have lot of fun and learn a lot together in the near future. Meanwhile parents can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with their children and decorate christmas tree, poke at sleeping kitten, find hidden mouse, play christmassy melodies and more.
- New – Emoji Sudoku Christmas Edition is a delightful twist on traditional Sudoku puzzles; instead of playing with numbers, you’re playing with funny Emoji! In this version the Emojis replace the classic numbers so you will have nine sets of Emojis, each set is a different color. Group the colors in the appropriate color grid without repeating any Emoji in either the horizontal or vertical rows.
- New – Catching flying Santa has never been this fun and harmless. In Smash Santa, Santa is little sick of delivering presents, so don’t let him go away with all of your gifts. Grab them all.
- Moonfish Software makes it easy to send Galactic Phantasy Prelude (GPP) Christmas Edition as a gift, making it the perfect holiday present for the Spaceship Adventure enthusiast on anyone’s list. In Galactic Phantasy Prelude (GPP) Christmas Edition, player turns cool spaceship into funny Santa Claus and shoot your enemies with snowballs and colorful ribbons. Anyone can have fun and enjoy Christmas in this visually stunning galaxy. Moreover, it’s all for Free for a limited time!
- Help the Nutcracker rescue the princess from the evil Rat King in the hidden-object puzzle adventure game Christmas Stories: Nutcracker Collector’s Edition HD. You might be too late for the Christmas Ball, but you’re just in time for adventure! The Nutcracker needs your help, and there’s an army of rats running rampant through the kingdom. Luckily, a few cute little sidekicks have got your back. Uncover the Rat King’s evil plot – and find out what created the toothy little monster.
- Notus Games has announced the new and updated Christmas Mansion HD 1.0.2—a match-3 puzzle game for iPad that the whole family can enjoy. The game has been released in English and eight more languages. In this game, players play through a series of Match 3 levels, collect Santa’s coins and prepare their house for Christmas with beautiful ornaments and illuminations. The basic gameplay is enhanced with bonus-items and is presented to the player through polished and diverse levels.
- Draw My Garden offers more intricate puzzles for the curious mind, high quality graphics with variety of characters. The game is relaxing with increasing difficulty when advancing through the levels. The basic concept of “link-the-dots” is revealed through a playful storyline: the gamer has to create a garden of his own while watering the flowers in it by sliding a continuous line over each one of them without forgetting or repeating anyone. There is an array of levels to master and the player can unlock the following islands once he manages perfectly the puzzles of the previous isle.
- Campfire Apps has introduced Stack-a-Sleigh 1.0, their latest game available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad mini, and iPad. Designed for children ages 5 and up and their families, Stack-a-Sleigh is a challenging tower-stacking game complete with two different modes of play, spirited graphics, and a festive holiday soundtrack. The whole family will enjoy stacking presents in climbing towers or racing against nightfall to fill the sleighs on Christmas Eve.
- Just in time for the holidays, Oceanhouse Media has released Rudolph’s Gift, a FREE game app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the timeless Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special, Rudolph’s Gift let’s you lead Santa’s sleigh and deliver presents to children around the world. Players can collect power-ups and upgrade Rudolph’s abilities as they deliver as many presents as possible while dodging airborne obstacles.
- Jewel Adventures is all about matching colorful presents, Christmas decorations such as sugar canes, gingerbread man sweets, Christmas trees and other themed goodies. The music effects are tailored to the winter holiday and the effects are definitely a mood improver. The players could select from up to four different game modes and thus enjoy a more vivid and intense experience. The common ones include classic and action mode, which do not need any introduction to the addicted gamer, however the balanced and special mode offer quite a twist to the game and would take the simple Jewels game to a whole new level.
- Bubble Shooter Adventures is a beautiful compilation of both an entertaining and relaxing game play with a lot of original surprises and effects. The Christmas version is free for a limited time only.
- YuisY has announced the release of Santa Rockstar, a fast paced Guitar Hero-style game featuring sharp 3D graphics and heavy rock orchestrations of some of your favorite holiday tunes, complete with head-banging reindeer and a guitar shredding St. Nick. Santa Rockstar is available for iOS and Android devices for only $0.99. Slay guitar solos as a tattooed, heavy metal loving Santa. Grind on with your band of pierced, leather wearing, reindeer – all while riding on your sleigh and delivering gifts ’round the world.
- Snow Brawlin‘ is a fast and furious flurry of fur! Tilt your iPhone or iPad to help Risoo dodge the incoming snowballs. Tap the enemy squirrels to bombard them with a barrage of snowballs. The longer you survive, the faster and harder the game becomes. Snow Brawlin’ will help amuse you in long holiday shopping lines and get you through fruitcake with your in-laws. And with an endless supply of snowballs, you’ll be snow brawlin’ all season long!
- Hompimplay has announced the release of Jolly Jingle for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Jolly Jingle is a fresh, exciting and educative new game for children that arouse the Christmas spirit. It helps parents teach their children the greatest Christmas carols of all times. As children cheerfully sing along, they can click on magical objects that reveal hidden surprises and explore a world of Christmas magic.
- TheHermonApps has introduced The Xmas App 1.0, its new entertainment app for iOS. Bring the Christmas spirit to your iPhone! With over 8 christmas activities and games, The Xmas App allows the user to play 3 quiz modes from Christmas Movies to Christmas Music; number ones’ which have been designed to bring all your happy christmas memories rushing back. The app also lets your children email Santa their christmas list directly and have Santa send them a personal email back.
- It started snowing in Lords & Knights! XYRALITY GmbH today announced that the free to play “Lords & Knights: X-Mas Edition” is now available via iTunes for a limited time. The forthcoming celebration of love has also left a mark on the units and subjects. Lords & Knights is an innovative strategy-builder MMO set in the Middle Ages. To match the upcoming Christmas season. Atmospheric Christmas music and corresponding sound effects accompany the players in the wintry adorned castles.
- Air Hippo is a free arcade game with simple and intuitive control mechanics; tilting the phone changes the position of the character on the screen, tap to give gifts and collect bonuses. In the game you control a Hippo-Santa and give gifts to children. The goal is to fly as high as possible, while giving gifts. If you do not have time to give a gift in time, the children will pick up and take off your character bag.
- Christmas is time for presents! And the British developer Crustalli made a considerable gift for all mobile gaming lovers – a new Kick the Buddy edition: Merry Kickmas! Blowing off steam and keeping calm have never been so easy and enjoyable before! Moreover, this update is absolutely free for all Kick the Buddy players which is another generous gift from Crustalli.
- iActive Christmas Carol – Unabridged features over 90 interactive animations and illustrations from the original Illustrators.
- Rediscover a classic with a striking audio visual app of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece A Christmas Carol – Drawn & Told, the first app by new game developer Story Game Toy. It features the wonderful story-telling voice of Christian Rodska (narrator of more than 200 audio books) and is further enhanced by 300 beautiful and haunting images by award-winning children’s illustrator Michael Cole.
- To wish everyone a Merry Christmas and keep children around the world entertained, MagisterApp has announced Christmas – Coloring Puzzles Games for Kids 2.0.1, their latest and greatest new iOS app. Christmas – Coloring Puzzles Games for Kids features endless hours of funny puzzles, creative drawings, great sound effects, animated background and more. Simple and intuitive so that younger kids can also use, the app has already earned rave reviews and several perfect 5-star ratings.
- MiBooks has introduced Santa and the Christmas List Muddle 1.0, their brand new holiday-themed kids adventure book for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In Santa and the Christmas List Muddle, it’s the night before Christmas and Santa’s head elf Simon makes a startling discovery – the pages of Santa’s christmas list have all been muddled up! Join Simon, Santa and all the elves as they fly around the world to ensure everyone gets the right presents on Christmas morning.
- JustKidsApps, in partnership with The Motlies, has released an updated version of the bilingual iPad storybook Henry’s Christmas Adventures. This free storybook introduces Henry the quirky reindeer and his rather unusual adventures with Santa Claus. Last years’ story has been complemented with a second adventure as well as a new Bits and Bobs section with comprehension quiz, spot the difference and fun facts about reindeer, Christmas and snow and ice.
- The North Pole has been destroyed…by global warming! Santa and his not-so-merry elves must now move their village—and fast if they’re going to save Christmas this year! Enter Frank Duffy, Mover of the Impossible (and his immovable dog, Bricks). This amazing tale begins with the release of Moving Christmas, A Frank Duffy Adventure—as an interactive iPad app and 65-page illustrated print and eBook (available on iBookstore, Kindle, Nook, Android and more).