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'Santa Claus Jr. Advance' (GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT

JoWooD Productions promises that the festive season will be filled with fun for gamers as Santa Claus Jr. Advance launches on GameBoy Advance on 1st November 2002.
The developers, JoWooD’s own studio, Neon, have conducted a huge amount of research at every stage of the development process with children as young as five to guarantee that the Santa Claus Jr. Advance offers an enchanting journey for players whilst being easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable.

The magical storyline begins as children across the world eagerly await their Christmas presents from Santa Claus. However, there is no peace on Earth or good will to all men as evil lurks in the shape of a wicked witch who cruelly wants to ruin the happiness for all children so she casts a spiteful spell on all animals and toys. As they terrify the children so much, the youngsters are forced to flee and hide in any safe place they can find.

Santa Claus cannot deliver all the presents to all the children in time and so requests the help of Nick, a boy who now has the fate of Christmas resting on his young shoulders. Nick has to find all the scared children, deliver them their presents in time and remove the cruel spell cast by the wicked witch upon the animals and toys.

On his dangerous mission, Nick has to journey over mountains where snowballs and icicles need to be skillfully dodged, defeating amazing enemies like the Yeti on the way, once achieved, Nick moves through a huge canyon where the Ibex awaits and finally through a dark and scary mine where bats fly and rockfalls are a constant danger. Finally, Nick reaches the realm of the evil witch, where he is forced to confront his fears and defeat her for the sake of saving Christmas.

Vip Patel, Managing Director of JoWooD Productions, said: “Santa Claus Jr. Advance is the perfect game for anyone that loves Christmas as well as great gaming.”

Santa's features:

  • 12 massive, unique worlds with 36 challenging levels offering hours of exciting gameplay
  • Over 30 enemies to defeat, each featuring stunning animation and graphical detail
  • Intuitive control system offering simple pick-up and play
  • A vast number of Bonus levels featuring a wide range of challenges
  • Two difficulty levels providing a challenge to young and old alike
  • Nick has a full range of movements including running, crouching, short jumping, long jumping, each of which have been carefully animated to create fluid motion and realistic actions
Santa Claus Jr. Advance is scheduled for release in November 2002.
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