Christmas Bound

By blueskied Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Released two weeks before its namesake holiday, Christmas Bound poses serious danger for those prone to procrastinating on their shopping duties. The gameplay isn't new, but the levels are challenging, the file size is tiny, and the game is completely free. The Christmas edition replaces the covered squares of Bound Around and Frozen Fruits with wrapped presents. You must collect them all by hitting them with a bouncing ball. You can move the ball left and right in midair, or increase its velocity with the Shift key or the spacebar, but you can't move it up or down or stop it. To collect the presents, you must match the ball's color to the color of the wrapping, or use environmental items such as exploding apples or destructive pumpkins to blast all the gifts for you.

Although the developers didn't change the killer pumpkins to something more seasonal, music from The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites play in the background. You can turn off the music and listen to your own tunes. If you're not a fan of the two related games, look elsewhere, but fans of puzzle and arcade games should download Christmas Bound and give the bouncing fun a try.

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What's new in version 1.0


Release November 8, 2008
Date Added December 10, 2004
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, DirectX 7.0 drivers


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Developer's Description

Christmas Bound is a game for the Christmas holidays. The Bugs have stolen all the Christmas parcels from Santa Claus. Yello the little bouncing tennis ball tries to bring them back. This addicting game has elements of Arkanoid (the brick busting game), but combined with puzzle solving and more hands on arcade action. Christmas Bound requires both dexterity and logical thinking. Your mission is to explore the Bugs' realm and find all the Christmas gifts, which are hidden in 32 rooms throughout the land.
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