Christmas Stories Hans Christian Andersens Tin Soldier Game

Christmas Stories Hans Christian Andersens Tin Soldier Game

This holiday season, Elephant Games invites you to enjoy another installment of the best-selling Christmas Stories brand!

Bundle up and prepare for an exciting adventure this holiday season! After receiving a desperate letter from your old nut-cracking friend, Albert, you rush to help him. When you arrive, you learn that the Rat King's evil wand has fallen into the hands of a vengeful baron, and now three innocent people - including Albert - have been turned into toys! Team up with the Nutcracker and your new friend, the Tin Soldier, to fight trolls and destroy the Baron's curse in this delightful Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won't find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

  • The Collector's Edition includes:
  • Two bonus games featuring everyone's favorite cast of cats!
  • Three extra puzzles that unlock animated screensavers
  • Collectible presents with surprises inside
  • Soundtracks, wallpapers, and concept art
  • An available Strategy Guide

Rating: 90%

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Destroy the Baron's Curse in Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier

Who hasn't heard of the Nutcracker? Whether you're a big fan of Christmas or appreciate ballet, you've likely heard of the whimsical tale. This time around, the Baron got ahold of the Rat King's wand and they've been turned into toys once again. Join Albert, the Nutcracker, as he tries to help his friends destroy the curse. Fight trolls, build a snow man and find lost miniatures in Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier, a hidden object title with a twist.

Third Time's a Charm

The third game in Elephant Games' holiday-inspired, hidden object series, Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier picks up roughly where the last game left off. Instead of the Rat King, you're facing off against the Baron's minions. Team up with Albert and Charlie as they try to rescue Nina from the Baron's clutches. Unfortunately, there's one teeny tiny problem -- they've been turned into toys. As the Nutcracker, Albert must gather enough materials to recreate a tin soldier body to contain Charlie's heart. Once that's done, you'll get to rely on their help to solve various mini games throughout this holiday HOG. Ask Nutcracker for Hints whenever you're stuck. Or, if you come across some nasty trolls, Charlie the Tin Soldier can come lend a hand. Found a journal entry mini game? He's also the toy for the job.

What makes this hidden object game a gem is the amount of effort Elephant Games put into polishing its details. More often than not, key items aren't just lying on the ground. To proceed, you might need to dig them out of a pile of random things, assemble them from separate pieces or use your imagination to turn them into something useful. That being said, you'll want to take your time in examining all of Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier's nooks and crannies. We guarantee you'll find something of interest in every scene.

Puzzle Me This

Another factor that contributes to the game's successful delivery is the variety of puzzles you'll encounter as you progress through it. From driving away a pesky troll with a sweet tooth to creating a tin body for Charlie, you'll be given a mental floss even from the get-go. What's more, the hidden object segments themselves are rarely straightforward. Unlike other games wherein you are provided a list of items to find and those are hidden in plain sight, Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier adds its own twist to the formula. In the first HOG segment for example, you'll be tasked with finding pairs of items through a memory matching game. As they're hidden behind interactive elements so you'll need to take note of each item's location until you've found a match for it. Simple but effective.

Now, if you ever find yourself stuck in a particular scene, you can opt to ask the Nutcracker for help. Depending on your chosen difficulty mode, that is. You are given four options for this. Nina's Mode (Easy), Charlie's Mode (Medium), Nutcracker's Mode (Hard) and lastly, a custom difficulty mode. These vary in terms of the availability of Hints as well as whether significant locations are marked or not, giving players of all skill levels a chance to experience the amazing story at their own pace. The custom mode also adds a couple of things to the equation, namely, the ability to skip puzzles and the feature's recharge time.

A Classic Tale with a Modern Twist

While having the option to rely on sparkles may not be enough to sell this classic to those who have never played a game in genre, then surely its beautiful game design will. Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier features 36 breathtaking scenes set in a festive palace. Just like its predecessors, the level of detail in each one is astonishing. Gifts vary in shape and size, freshly fallen snow glisten on branches and lanterns shine softly against a wintery backdrop. The graphics in Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier is perhaps the best we've seen from the developer. What's more, the audio is professionally composed. It complements the animations, bringing them to life with festive notes and sound effects.

If you have a weakness for clever puzzles, then you will certainly love Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier. Aside from puzzles which serve to progress the story, there are also mini games which add more depth to the game. Unlike many other HOGs, the puzzles in this title are smoothly woven into the events happening on screen. It also adds a measure of challenge for veteran fans of the genre. Even if you are new though, the chances are slim that you will find yourself frustrated at any point in the story. Not only are there clues scattered about and story cues that could help you figure things out, you can also rely on the built-in Hint system that gives you an added push. Basically, Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier will keep you busy but you likely won't notice the time. It's an enjoyable experience filled with convenient shortcuts such as map jumping and skips, ensuring that your time is well spent as you progress through the story. As they say, time really flies when you're having fun.

With a game that looks, sounds and plays as good as this, there's usually only one thing that could be missing: replay value. As a hidden object game, there's really very little that would make you want to come back after you're done with the story. On average, it also only takes about five hours to complete, even with the bonus chapters included in the Collector's Edition. It's a bit short and if you see that as an issue then you may want to give this a pass. However, if you want a quality HOG that's short but sweet, you may find Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen's Tin Soldier to be the perfect holiday treat.

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