Editors' reviewThis Flash game places a humorous, yuletide-themed spin on the traditional Lines-type puzzle. As in similar programs, Santa Balls 2 tasks you with lining up matching elements to remove them from the board. The game's seasonality is reflected in the Christmas-ornament game pieces and a feisty cartoon elf who praises your fruitful moves and criticizes your faulty ones. Also, even though you can choose to hear a techno version of "Jingle Bells" as you play, you can't disable the commentary, which can try your patience after a few levels. The graphics are fairly decent, and you can choose to play in full-screen mode if you want a better view of the action. At first, we didn't find Santa Balls 2 very challenging, since it only takes three ornaments to make a combination. However, as time progressed and more piece types were added to the board, we found it more and more difficult to locate the few potential matches on the board. Puzzle fans looking to get in the holiday spirit may find that this free game makes a fun gift to themselves.
The original game of Santa Balls is an old elf tradition up in the North Pole that began many years ago. Elves, who are attracted to bright, shiny objects, created this game of ball swapping and busting. However, like most things, the balls evolve--or get supersized. In Santa Balls 2, we've taken ball-busting action to a whole new level, with a bigger gameboard and bouncier balls, and old Oliver the Elf is bolder than ever. All kinds of new surprises include crazy ball-juggling action and a special guest appearance by Frank the Penguin.