“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss
Festive Finds: Happy Holiday Calendar is a delightfully jolly new game from Imaginary Freinds Games, the creators of Shindig. Much like a traditional advent calendar, it features a festive house with 24 windows to open every day leading up to Christmas, with each one containing a new spot-the-difference puzzle to complete!
Developer: Imaginary Friends Games
Released: 29th November 2021
Price: $1.00 or more
Available on: itch.io
The gameplay is pretty straightforward, players can click sequentially on the windows, solve a spot-the-difference puzzle and progress to the following window. Whilst it is designed as an advent calendar with 24 windows to represent the build-up to Christmas, it is a fun experience that can also be played in larger chunks or even in one sitting!
Each window features a different festive image including a snowman, a Christmas tree and a robin and has seven differences to spot, some of which can be a little tricky! However, to add to the casual nature of the game, it is not necessary to find all of the differences in order to progress.
Narative and Styling
There is not much in the way of narrative beyond the concept of an advent calendar and enjoying the build-up to the holidays but this is more than enough for this delightful little game and it does not feel like anything is lacking.
Festive Finds: Happy Holiday Calendar uses the same vibrant cartoon art style that helped make Shindig such a charming experience. When teamed with lo-fi remixes of traditional holiday songs such as Jingle Bells the overall styling creates a very jolly and relaxing vibe that perfectly matches the theme of the game.
Overall, Festive Finds: A happy Holiday Calendar is a small but fun game. It will take you anywhere from 30 mins to 24 days to play and it is sure to raise some holiday spirits. It soon had me feeling very chilled out and festive and I highly recommend it. Another wholesome and mood-boosting gem from Imaginary Friends Games!
Courtesy of Imaginary Friends Games we have one itch.io key for Festive Finds: Happy Holiday Calendar to giveaway on our Discord server. Simply join us there for more information and to enter for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on 1st December 2021!
Looking for more festive holiday games? Why not check out:
Five Festive PC Games to Play this Christmas