Merry Christmas: Here, Have A Free RPS Christmas Game!

Cursed ignorance fairies.

Edit: The game is no longer available, sorry!

As RPS winds down for the Christmas break, you need not fear. We’ll still be posting some splendid things throughout the holidays. But today – the gift-givingest day of the year – we have a special surprise treat for you! A Rock, Paper, Shotgun game! Horace’s Endless Christmas explores the blasphemous horror of what would happen were Horace The Endless Bear to lose his infiniteness. You can get it for PC, Mac and Linux below!

Horace’s Endless Christmas is the work of Big Robot’s James Carey, with design from Jim Rossignol, and art from John Walker. See how we put the last names in to make them look like proper people? In tragic circumstances, Horace’s endlessness has ended, his infinity has become finite, and it’s up to you to help him restore his impossibly full length. Any similarities to any other famous games are entirely coincidental.

If you want to get hold of the free game (and let’s be honest – of course you do) then pick the appropriate operating system from below:

Download it, extract it, and run it. As simple as that.

(If any problems come about with these links, please email John and he’ll throw turkey over his shoulder and leap to the rescue.)

So we wish you the very best wishes over the holiday. Thank you for what’s been RPS’s best year ever. As we say, posts will still appear over the break, but we’re all on our holidays so clearly things will be slower than normal. And on Weds 3rd January, we’ll be back with our mega-preview of 2013 – what is already looking like one of the best years for PC gaming we’ve seen.


  1. godofdefeat says:

    Thanks RPS.
    But i have over 20 games to play… nah screw it.

    • Fringe says:

      But you’ll never play a game that’s anything like this! Bravo Horace and friends

      Merry Christmas all

    • CaspianRoach says:

      Only over 20? That’s cute…

    • Gorf says:

      I wish I had only 20………….I could handle 20 : /

      • FullMetalMonkey says:

        Sodding Steam and GOG sales have left me with an increasingly rediculous number of games I’m most likely never going to play.

        Poxy discounted games.

        It’s terrible.


        • Shuck says:

          It appears I’m finally going to get through a Steam sale without actually buying a thing, as the reality of my huge backlog (of cheaply bought games) has now caught up with me.
          The reality is that I’ve bought a substantial number of games that I’ll never even install. I know I’m not alone in this. This worries me.

          • MrLebanon says:

            same here… i bought maybe 2 games… compared to the usual 10+ … backlog is catching up

          • Gorf says:

            This Xmas Ive actually bought the majority of my sale games from other places like Gamefly (which surprised me as Ive not really used them much before), Gamersgate, GOG and (1or2) Origin, rather then mostly from Steam, which is a good sign I suppose.

  2. Mitchk says:

    Thank you RPS for a tip-top year of journalism, fun and puns!

    May next year be just as good!

  3. hayuto says:

    Thank you very much, ill dl it immidietly when i get back from work, i hope its good.

  4. Charlie Brown says:


  5. Redd says:

    Merry Christmas to all RPS’ers, past and present. \o/

  6. Cytrom says:

    Someone just play it for me and upload it to youtube… yeah I’m that lazy.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Yule all love this game, unless your senses are mulled. That said it could be a bit of a turkey

    Merry punmas one and all

    • JB says:

      I just knew this would sprout a pun thread sooner or later.

      Merry Christmas, fellow RPSers around the world!

    • Rao Dao Zao says:

      I hope yule all continue the puns into the new year!

    • Web Cole says:

      The next person to pun gets the stuffing knocked out of them.

    • MOKKA says:

      Typical for RPS Comments, everybody jumps onto a pun thread as soon as the opportunity Presents itself.

      • SavageTech says:

        It’s no surprise, pun threads are an evergreen topic that can light up an otherwise silent night.

    • colossalstrikepackage says:

      This game is one of the bear-necessities. It’s awesomeness will sleigh you, if you get my drift. And the best thing is that money is no object – it’s not too deer. Go on, give it a try – we all know you don’t have the elf control not to.

      Okay. I sense that you’re all getting incensed. Time to wrap this up.

      Happy Holly Days!

    • Coccyx says:

      Snow wonder a pun thread would arise out of this. Better stock(ing) up, we’re in for the long haul(y).

    • jinnyjinjin says:

      I must admit, it made me feel a bit of a pudding. It’s all (turkey) gravy now though, thanks fella’s.

      Merry Christmas RPS :P

  8. BlitzThose says:

    will this download be available after christmas, I wont be home from work till at least the 27th so I wont be able to try it for a while :(

    Despite being at work over the holidays I have found a number of amusing ways to entertain myself :) link to

  9. grundus says:

    I’ll wait for the WIT.

    (Thanks RPS!)

    • AngoraFish says:


    • Avish says:

      It’s not on steam, so I think I’ll pass this one.

      And happy Christmas and holidays.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Anyone able to confirm that it’s free from DRM? I seem to remember RPS using BearDisc in past releases and it being known to smash people’s CD drives into many tiny broken pieces in a fit of mistriggered ursine rage.

      • Avish says:

        I heard it hugs all the resources.

      • MOKKA says:

        At least it’s not BeardDisc. I heard you can end up with a case full of hair if you forget to shave your HD every day.

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        Hodge says:

        To say nothing of BareDisc. Man, that was an embarrassing tech support call.

  10. Deston says:

    A fitting end to a fine year gents, thanks for all the excellent wordthoughts.

    Before I get exceedingly drunk and can’t type any more, merry Christmas everyone – see you on the other side!

  11. Kaira- says:

    Linux-link seems to be broken, others seem to work okay.

    Happy Holidays!

  12. ShatteredAwe says:

    Thank you RPS! Merry Christmas!

  13. nopol10 says:

    For a game about an infinite bear it has, surprisingly, an ending…

    • Ernesto says:

      I always wondered: Is Horace’s infiniteness of the spatial or the temporal kind?
      Now I know. Horace seems to be not only infinite in SPACE, but also in TIME! You masterfully presented the horrors of not only losing Horace’s spatial, but also his temporal infiniteness by allowing the game to end!
      A very enlightening game. Thanks!

  14. captain nemo says:

    Merry Christmas all

  15. SpakAttack says:

    Amazing game! It’s even got better support than most Ubisoft titles.

  16. Sander Bos says:

    It’s a terrible PC port, you can’t even rebind the keys!

    Merry Christmas everybody!

    • theleif says:

      And no graphics settings at all. The textures are sub-par, it has no support for my G940 HOTAS, an unskippable intro, and no quicksave. They refuse to put it up on any competing online store, and it uses a non open source compressed format.
      Typically lazy, dumbed down console port. Exactly what I was expecting from RPS. A shameful milking of an otherwise excellent IP.
      Shame on you.

      And Merry Christmas!

      • Milos says:

        You can use Esc to skip the intro you scrub! gg l2p

        I, for one, will be buying this just like I bought every other game in the franchise.

    • Joshua says:

      I am horribly disappointed by this. RPS, have you sold your souls to the EG devil?

      (Merry Christmass!)

  17. Shantara says:

    Very cute, thank you! Merry Christmas!

  18. Inglourious Badger says:

    Merry Christmas Bitches! May Horace spare us all

  19. Ravenholme says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  20. NathanH says:

    Shocking that the only female character in the game is called an “ignorance fairy”. Ban this sick filth.

  21. Godwhacker says:


  22. Cardinal says:

    Showing my appreciation with a subscription.

    This is only site I check every time I’m online.

    Everyone should click on “Support RPS” at the top of page.

    Merry Christmas!

  23. Drake Sigar says:

    My Christmas is ruined.

  24. Armante says:

    gonna post here again, was buried at end of FC3 GotY..

    Just want to say thanks, as always, to the team at RockPaperShotgun. The one and only website I will check every day of the year. I spend more time reading here, than I do playing games.

    Thanks guys – you’re awesome.

    To Jim, Alec, John, Adam and Nathan – Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, and may 2013 be a fantastic year for you all.

  25. int says:

    Merry Xmas. Stuck on level 4.

    • Milos says:

      Don’t worry I’ll upload a video walk through soon. I admit level 4 puzzle is a bit contrived, but the emotional payoff you get from reaching the end of the story is well worth the effort.

  26. sirgoit says:

    Merry Christmas everyone and a special thanks to RPS, you’re fabulous people!

  27. rapier17 says:

    Thank you chaps, thoroughly enjoyed it – haven’t played one of those ‘snake’ type games in years!

    Have a good Christmas all.

  28. phenom_x8 says:

    Oh, happy holiday to you all, guys !

  29. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    My, this is indeed a wonderful surprise. (this is how I talk during the holidays)

    Merry Christmas to all the RPS staff and the wonderful community of this site.

    • Dr I am a Doctor says:

      This is how you talk when you try to be a colossal douche on the internet, actually

      • LionsPhil says:

        Bless, someone stuffed his face with his christmas choccies and got a bit overtired.

        • Gorf says:

          Is this some sort of running hostility, or was that just bafflingly uncalled for?

          • NathanH says:

            Dr I am a Doctor patrols all the blog comments leaving astute but dickish comments and doesn’t appear to do anything else.

          • Dr I am a Doctor says:

            Wow, way to typecast. I’m hurt. :(

  30. kregg says:

    If you are running Ubuntu Linux 64bit and are having trouble getting this to work, try running it in a terminal. If you get this message:

    ./HoraceTheEndlessBear: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Then just run in the terminal:
    sudo apt-get install libglu1-mesa:i386

    E: Completely forgot, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! Whichever you prefer.

  31. frenz0rz says:

    Merry Christmas all!

    I am, however, slightly disturbed to find that someone has even concieved of the notion that Horace could end.

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      No worry, it not the real life, it just fantasies.

    • Skabooga says:

      I haven’t played the game, but I find it to be incredibly offensive and blasphemous. I demand that it be removed immediately.

      In all seriousness, merry Christmas! Thank you for another wonderful year, RPS and company!

  32. tungstenHead says:

    I keep getting defeated by the non-contiguous bugbear.

    Merry Christmas, RPS Hivemind!

  33. Bartack says:


    • theleif says:

      How many beers did Horace give you to post that obvious paid-for review? You Sir, have no journalistic integrity at all.

      • Aquarion says:

        It’s fine, I would have bought the beers anyway, and people buy me beers for games reviews all the time, and that makes it fine, so it’s fine and STOP PESTERING ME.

  34. caddyB says:


    haha, have a nice one, RPS

  35. MadMatty says:

    Thx for trusted service, best reviews on the net in general- cheers guys, live even let your smelly ads thru ad-block, as im sure you´ll need plenty of beer, crack, whatever to survive 2013 :)

    Merry xmassy and so on

    Fired up Evochron Mercenary 2.1 version two days ago, shut it off because of the incredibly ugly flora and silly looking water effect- thought about it “am i really such a graphics-whore? i did enjoy dorf fortress…hmm” fired it up, ignored the ugliness, enjoy the really pretty planetary and terrain stuff, and the multiplayer gameplay- tutorials can take you like 2 hours, but once you get going, its nearly That David Brabens Elite feeling- zooming in from space, to groundhug a planetary surface is an incredible feel to say the least….. newtonian physics are in, but has some extra safety measures applied to the controls… theres a fairly low cap to max speed, but you dont really NEED excessive speed, as youll use the jump drive for longer distances….. but i do miss the Elite 2 spectacle, of seeing a planet dissapear at ridiculous speeds in your rear view….. wow …. anyway, think Evochron keep me warm until Elite Dangerous is out in 2014 …..

  36. tobecooper says:

    What everyone said – Merry Christmas, RPSers!

  37. Puppy says:

    I’ve never gotten a gift from a Blog before, thanks guys! And happy holidays!

  38. LordEvilAlien says:

    thanks for this one. GOTY for sure. The perfect antidote to 24 hours plus of trying unsuccessfully to get LA Noire to run on my pc. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

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    FhnuZoag says:

    If only you can talk to the presents.

  40. Slinkyboy says:


  41. Ham Solo says:

    I… i have failed horace. Oh the humidity.

  42. Shinwaka says:

    Happy holidays to RPS and their guest writers!

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    Bluerps says:

    Yay, a Horace game! Thanks for that, and thanks for all the aweome writing, dear RPS writers. I come here every day, and it is always worth it.

    Merry Christmas!

  44. sinister agent says:

    What is this SACRILEGE

  45. The Random One says:

    I didn’t like it very much at first, but then I realized it was satire.

  46. MajorManiac says:

    I love you guys. Drunken hugs for everyone.

  47. Lone Gunman says:

    Happy Christmas everyone :D

  48. Prolar Bear says:

    Goddammit I love you, RPS. A merry xmas (or whatever) to everybody around here!

    PS: I demand new RPS shirts, possibly including Horace designs

  49. Pace says:

    Excellent job all, the perfect Horace game. Happy Horace related festivities RPS.