Thanksgiving has only just passed yet already we're looking to the future; Christmas, to be exact. It's only a month until Santa hops down everyone's chimneys and we revel in a day of present exchanging and eating huge quantities of food.
The season also brings with it a good dose of Christmas-themed gaming delights. One such game is that of Zynga's CityVille Holidaytown, the company's first Christmas-themed app.
I was quite a fan of CityVille Hometown when I looked at it in the summer. While deeply seated in freemium elements that actively encouraged in-app purchases, it offered a solid structure of fun ensuring that players felt like they were constantly achieving things.
CityVille Holidaytown looks set to offer a similar experience but with one crucial difference: everything is in order to save Christmas! Players must help Santa rebuild the North Pole after a terrible blizzard. Enticing elves back home is vital in order to rebuild workshops and make more toys for the children of the world. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways to do that.
A steady supply of objectives pop up as the player grows their economy by building new workshops and harvesting magical winter crops to use. Plenty of cute Christmas themed decorations can also be placed around the area. Players can also help their Facebook friends by visiting their towns.
It's a cute idea and no doubt one that's bound to entice families and children alike. Further incentive comes from the special prizes that can be earned each day, plus CityVille Hometown players get an added bonus. It should all keep players entertained in the run up to the big event.
To get into the Christmas spirit, why not download CityVille Holidaytown now? It's a free and universal game with plenty of in-app purchases available, but none vital to progression.