Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Christmas Day! Doctor Who, the Queen’s speech, crackers, spuds, sprouts, Mary Poppins, The Snowman, Uncle asleep in an armchair, all the good Quality Street gone… oh, what a big day I like to imagine you’re having! There you are, wrapped in tinsel and smeared in chocolate as you read this. Me, I don’t really ‘do’ Christmas, but gosh oh holly [holly is traditional Christmas foliage, and its name rhymes with golly -Christmas ed] I always find a minute for Dracula Cha Cha.
Off goes Dracula on a walk, collecting presents and power-ups, fighting toy soldiers, getting into a dance-off with Father Christmas, using his Dracula Karate on candy canes and Christmas trees, leaping about, and playing rock, paper, scissors with reindeer as a timer runs down. It’s a one-button platformer inspired by Tomena Sanner, ostensibly about scoring high but I’m perfectly happy larking about in its winter wonderland.
I’ve played it so much that I can’t help but think of Green Door as a Christmas song, though opinion-havers believe it’s inspired by everything from a lesbian club to H.G. Wells. Whenever I hear it, no matter the time of year, I feel instantly Christmassy.
Creator Lobo’s site is long-offline but it seems this archive link still works. Quick! Grab it before it vanishes and you miss out on a wonderful Christmas tradition.