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It's official: playing Skeal is now a Christmas tradition

Feel the power, the pleasure, the pain

Let's create a Christmas tradition, you and me, today on December 1st. We already play Dracula Cha Cha every December, that's for certain, but let's also make Skeal a Winterval staple. It has snow, it has sleigh bells, and it has a song, so it must be a Christmas game. Skeal is also a whole heap of fun. Part of the pleasure (not the mention the power and the pain) is seeing that joke unfold for yourself so I'll simply say: Skeal is a free skiing game that will take you three minutes and should leave you grinning from elven ear to elven ear. Do it for Santy Claus.

You can download Skeal free from Itch for Windows and Mac. Enjoy. It has a browser-based version too, though Chrome no longer supports the Unity plugin.

Skeal was made by Nick Cummings in 2014 and oh good grief, I've just noticed he released Virtual Skeality, a VR version, earlier this year. If you get cybergoggles for Christmas, you know what to jack Uncle Sid into first.

Video games do enjoy making Christmas miserable. Batman: Arkham Origins tries to off Brucie over Christmas, though I suppose he'd never have a merry family day anyway. The derelict department store in Condemned: Criminal Origins is decorated for Christmas, complete with festive hats for its murdermen to wear and a creepy carol. No, best stick with Skeal and Dracula Cha Cha. Let's make this Mistlemas merry.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.