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A jam submission

A Very Dark ChristmasView game page

Submitted by Harry Court (@Harrison_Court_) — 1 day, 9 hours before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
BEST THEME (Best Use of Theme)#102.7723.143
SCARIEST GAME#131.6381.857
BEST GAME (General)#152.2682.571

Ranked from 7 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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I love the graphics in this one, and it fits the theme very well! It seems very polished for what it is, and having to mash the arrow keys instead of just holding them down makes it seem much more intense!

Nice work!


Thank you for the reply! I'm surprised you haven't complained about the ghost, but I'm sure you've just forgotten about it. =P

I'll be sure to learn from this game and add onto it in my next =)


This is a cute little game! The PICO-8  is an awesome platform and I'm glad you're getting a handle of it. I like the backstory you made to this game, which is a simple collection / avoidance game but surprisingly quite challenging! As others have said that ghost goes too damn fast, but I was able to get four presents before giving up! I think if I were to change the game mechanics (I understand this is WIP) I'd add a grace period for the ghost chase and maybe improve the acceleration on the player when holding down the arrow key input. Thanks for submitting this game to SCREAM JAM!  


Are you a bad enough dude to grab the presents and run? I'm sure I'll get carpal tunnel someday from smashing these arrow keys but it'll be worth it. I found this game very fun in an offbeat kind of way. The ghost is pretty fast but I saw your response to another comment and I didn't find it so fast to be annoying. However, I think what would make the game feel a little more fair is to get rid of some of the dead ends. I can usually maneuver away from the ghost reasonably well but if I make a wrong turn or I'm someplace new, it can be a little annoying to just get stuck with nowhere to run.

So far I'm still at 4 presents but I will beat this, mark my words.


Thank you for the reply! I'm glad you understand the situation with the ghost, might I add; This is my first time using Pico-8!

Fun Fact: You can actually hold down the arrow keys. It starts off slow, but the player does move! Hopefully that distracts you from your carpal tunnel =P


Couldn't agree with you more.