Jerry's Merry Christmas
Jerry of Jerry's Merry Christmas, today's point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games, really gets into the holidays. His house is fully decorated for Christmas, and he even broke out the green snowflake sweater. The only thing that's missing is a piece of mistletoe hanging on the wall, and he's going to need your help with that one. The whole thing is mouse-controlled (except for one part that uses the keyboard): click around, pick up inventory items and use them, and eventually collect everything Jerry needs to finish his task.
This has everything that makes a Carmel Game a Carmel Game: a stylish mix of flat-colored and shaded graphics, puzzles that are mostly logical but with one or two trip-ups, a few humorous surprises, and a changing cursor to reduce troublesome pixel-hunting. Relatively new is the possibility of dying a painful death by taking a poorly reasoned course of action, but the game is kind enough to provide you with an "undo" button to combat that happenstance. It is much shorter than most of Carmel's work (The Proposal and Vortex Point: Far Journeys come to mind), but perhaps that's a good thing; this developer's work seems to be better in small packages. But we've been keeping Jerry waiting for long enough; it's time to get into the Christmas mood!