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Santa has to send presents to more people than ever... thankfully he's got a UFO to help him get around faster. But these flying candies keep getting in the way! Throw gifts at the candies to pop them and collect coins. You can spend coins to buy upgrades and blast even more candies! Will you make it to the ultimate upgrade??

For an extra challenge, try completing a run without letting any candies escape through the top of the screen!

Game Controls:

up / down / left / right: movement
Z / C / (O): drop presents

Shop Controls:

left / right: select item
Z / C / (O): buy item
X / V / (X): skip buying an item (save up those coins for next time!)

About the PICO-8 Advent Calendar

This winter another group of PICO-8 elves has worked hard to release a shiny new toy each day until the 25th of December. Check out the PICO-8 Advent Calendar 2019 every day for a new surprise! https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=36076

There's even more festive fun waiting on last year's calendar! https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=32388

Happy Holidays!


Classic Peppermint

This is the most common candy seen in the skies of UFO Earth. After an incident at Confection Production Facility 97, thousands of peppermints were launched into low earth orbit. Santa's UFO is tough enough to ram these without taking any damage, and a few solid hits with a gift will shatter these mints into dust.

UPDATE: Dec 2 2199 - Extremely large mints have been spotted on radar in the upper mesosphere. Be on guard and throw as many gifts as you can at these large mints. --Rolf, North Pole Recon Unit

Spearmint Swirl

The Council of Commercial Confectioners attempted to remedy the CPF-97 disaster by launching denser spearmints into orbit to break up the peppermints. The plan backfired. Spearmints and peppermints happily coexist in the upper atmosphere, and now the dense spearmints provide a more challenging obstacle for pilots.

Wintermint Freeze

Occasionally orbital mints get pulled into arctic storm systems. Most of these mints get pulled out of orbit and crash land in Upper New Canada, but occasionally they are launched back into orbit and become another obstacle for UFO pilots to navigate around. These mints are transformed by the ice and hail, and take on a refreshing wintergreen flavor. Try destroying these mints for a cool blast of refreshment.


NOTE: Santa, I found this file on the New Canadian Intelligence Force's network. Not much info here, but you might encounter these on your route. --Ernesto, North Pole SIGINT

First discovered in [REDACTED], flying in airspace above
[REDACTED]. Appear to be composed of [REDACTED]. Extremely
dense, tests have shown they can only be shattered by
P#70439 2019-12-01 07:44

At first I thought this was a tweet. And then I was NO WAY !

This is epic. PLEASE add a save-game option between levels as I see you have power-ups between.

I've never played a shooter like this where the shots continue to be effective as long as they don't hit the ground.

Makes for some interesting pachinko-style action.

Starred AND Favorited !

P#70463 2019-12-01 18:05 ( Edited 2019-12-01 18:06)

tbh I enjoyed this more than Holedown - great job! It gets so crazy once you've collected some upgrades!

P#70465 2019-12-01 19:00

Nice! A very cute and cheerful holiday game, and the persisting projectiles are a clever idea. I like this advent calendar concept, I'll have to come back tomorrow :)

P#70466 2019-12-01 20:00

Thought I would bump this epic holiday game. If you've never tried it, you should. Lots of sound and explosions. Simply marvelous !

P#102777 2021-12-14 22:14

how does getting a full clear work? if it's just luck that's kinda annoying but meh, workable ig. also trying to figure out if combos affect coin drops.

P#130283 2023-05-29 17:11

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