Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis
We're not entirely sure what number-th day of Christmas it is right now, but our true loves over at The Podge have given one heck of a gift to us: Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis. Yes, it's time to join those suicidally-dedicated bouncy bipeds as they clear a path for their king through rough terrain. You'll being seeing those little guys a-digging, a-climbing, a-blocking, a-building, a-bridging and whatever actions else needed to protect their monarch. It's Lemmings-style arcade puzzling you'll want to open right away!
Gameplay remains the same as previous installments: Using the mouse, you must help the Dibbles protect their king as he travels from the start of a level to the finish. Click the icons at the bottom of the screen, then place the action-stones in the play area. The first Dibble that encounters an action stone will perform that (usually fatal) action, clearing and modifying the terrain to protect his High Dibbliness. When a Christmas version of an established series is released, it often turns out to be a level-pack except there with more bells on the soundtrack and sprites modified to include floppy red hats. And yeah, Dibbles 4 doesn't exactly break the mold on that count. Still, it has enough refinements and features to be considered a true evolution in the series, and the careful craftsmanship of the developer is on display throughout. So with new levels, new commands, and new animated ways to kill off your squad of helpers, Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis, is slightly-sadistic holiday fun for the whole family.