Christmas Puzzle may not have the most imaginative or exciting name, but there is no denying the fact that it is an entertaining game for the festive season. As you have probably guessed from the name, this is a simple puzzle game with a Christmas theme and it will appear familiar to anyone is a fan of tile games.

Working much like a Christmassy version of Bejewelled, the idea of the game is to swap the position of pairs of tiles on each turn with a view to creating groups of three or more of the same symbols – as you would expect these are all festively themed items such as snowmen and Christmas trees. Groups of tiles you match disappear and you score points and gain bonuses along the way.

As well as competing to beat your high score, you can also approach Christmas Puzzle in a different way. As you work your way through the game you can earn coins which can then be used to purchase lights and decoration to adorn your in-game house. Great fun for young and old alike.

Take care during the installation of the game as the setup routine will also attempt to install the Ask toolbar and to change your home page – this can be avoided by simply selecting the Custom Installation option and unticking the two option boxes.

Verdict

This isn’t a puzzler that will set the gaming world on fire, but it’s good fun and well executed.