With the Christmas rush over and the New Year ringing in,sometimes it’s nice to relax with a simple point and click puzzle game. There are games that are hysterically too easy and then there are games that make you want to throw your computer and stomp on it a billion times. This is the latter.I will honestly say that I spent the better part of two hours attempting to complete The Days After Christmas and lived to tell the tale.
I’m not going to lie, when I saw The Days After Christmas, I blindly downloaded it, thinking it would be a clever game to review after Christmas. After I pushed play, I began hearing blustery wind and slightly creepy almost horror movie music. It reminded me of walking through Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, I was instantly filled with dread. This is when I quickly went back to the synopsis to determine what kind of game I would be playing.
The story goes that you, the player, are invited to a work-related Christmas party a week after the holiday. When you get there, no one else is around and the only sensible thing to do is go looking for your present. It was promised that there were no jump scares just painfully challenging puzzles that everyone could attempt but most likely never finish. I’m here to tell you, I finished The Days After Christmas.
After I got passed the panic inducing music, I found myself getting irritated right of the back. I felt I wasn’t making any progress,clicking the same items over and over again with no result. That is, until I found my candy cane. When I found the candy cane, it was a blessed miracle! I danced and grinned like a madwoman, rejuvenated and ready to complete what many before me could not. I then found a flashlight, a magnet, a screwdriver, and akey! I was on fire and I have to say it felt good. That is until I had to find the last basement key. I don’t want to give anything away but trust me when I say,click everything, this will be your saving grace. At the end, players will be awarded the most surprising gift of all one that will immediately put a smile upon their faces, I know I sure did.
The graphics of The Days After Christmas aren’t the best, but I feel it adds to the mystery and gives the game that edge it needs to be so darn difficult. The end of the game gives a glimpse into the world of the three creators. Michael and Jason, of M&J Games, created the game together while Emmy, the cutest cat imaginable, provided the moral support. At the end of the day all I can really say is, if M&J Games creates another puzzle game as stimulating as The Days After Christmas, I will humbly accept the challenge.