Christmas holiday is one of the best times of the year with everyone getting some time to spend with their families. This Christmas our family is planning to go to Bali, so I’m looking for fun Christmas-themed games to play with them.
Fortunately, I found Christmas with Corabelle. It’s a Christmas app that was released last year but I think it still offers fresh game mechanics not commonly found in other apps.
The Mini Games
There are five mini games included in Christmas with Corabelle. The first one is a memory matching game that involves four or six pairs — you can switch the difficulty level by tapping on the icon located on the bottom right of the screen. Since this is a Christmas-themed game, you will see objects like Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.
The second game asks you to match an addition/subtraction circle with the correct number of objects. For example, you’d match a circle labeled “2 + 1” with a circle that has three Christmas ornaments. Once you’ve matched all six pairs, you’ll get a new set to play with.
In the third game, you will learn to flick a Christmas ornament into a pot — where Corabelle will pour it with some water and watch it grow into a beautiful Christmas tree. To flick the ornament, simply drag it upwards and point it towards the pot. As the game progresses, you will encounter many obstacles — even moving ones — that will give you a bit of a challenge.
The fourth game asks you to identify shapes and colors in the right combination to form a beautiful Christmas necklace. Simply drag the correct pattern into the placeholder to solve the problem.
In the last game, you will be asked to match numbers and objects. One variant will show a number of objects in the center and five different numbers surrounding it. A different variant will show a number in the center and five different sets of objects surrounding it instead.
Parents Need to Know
All the mini games include a short tutorial, so kids ages 4+ can definitely play the games on their own. And even though the main character is a girl, it’s a gender-neutral game that will entertain everyone.
Christmas with Corabelle is available only on the iPad. It also requires iOS 8.0 or newer. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
I’ve always loved new game mechanics. And, Christmas with Corabelle offers at least three new ones. The first one that I like is the matching numbers and addition/subtraction game. I like that it forces kids to both count the objects and solve the equations. You should definitely give it a try. Even as an adult who loves math, it’s not a trivial thing to do. The game also offers a mix of addition and subtraction equations, involving operands from 1 to 9.
The other game that I enjoy is the aiming and throwing of the Christmas ornament. Turns out, flicking the ornament — while avoiding the moving obstacles — is not that easy. And, it’s always fun to see a Christmas tree blooming out of the pot.
Christmas with Corabelle offers a set of fun mini games that kids ages 4+ can enjoy even when it’s no longer Christmas time. It offers at least three fresh game mechanics that you won't find in other apps. If your kids love math-based mini games, you should definitely give it a try this Christmas holiday.
Get Christmas with Corabelle on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.