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Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa

120 fun griddlers await you in Christmas Griddlers: Journey to Santa!
User rating: 19 (79%) 5 (21%) 14 comments

Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa was available as a giveaway on January 7, 2023!

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Christmas Griddlers: Journey to Santa is an exciting intellectual game for fans of logic puzzles and holiday themes. Set out to visit kind old Santa Claus, feel the wind rushing through your hair as you ride his sled, and get a multitude of gifts!

This game is also known as Japanese scanwords, Japanese crosswords, nonograms, Japanese puzzles, hanjie, and picross. But whatever we call it, you’re sure to enjoy playing it!

The action unfolds in 6 different locations in which over 100 themed puzzles of varying difficulty await you. All this with stunning graphics and holiday melodies – the perfect Christmas gift for refined connoisseurs of holiday puzzles!

Enjoy fun and exciting gameplay throughout the entire game! Each level contains a little Christmas wonder – a picture that you have to solve. For more comfortable gameplay, we’ve provided two tutorial modes: one for new players and one for more experienced griddler fans.

It’s time to prepare for a joyous Christmas adventure with new griddlers! Christmas Griddlers: Journey to Santa – immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the winter holidays!

- Griddlers with no pen and paper!
- 6 artful locations and over 100 new levels.
- excellent training for logical and abstract thinking.
- over 15 rewards and trophies for extra quests.
- well-thought out tutorial for beginners and experienced players alike.
- beautiful graphics and pleasant music.
- over 12 hours of exciting gameplay!
- the best way to while away those long winter evenings!
- two in one: a Christmas atmosphere and exciting griddlers!

System Requirements:

Minimum: Windows XP SP3 x64; Processor: 1500 MHz; Memory: 512 MB RAM; DirectX: Version 9.0; Storage: 32 MB available space





File Size:

32.7 MB



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Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa:

In Brief:
Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa is another of those Griddler/Picross style games with 120 levels to work through via six different locations. A little late now for the Festive season as the twelfth day of Christmas ended two days ago; however, it's still appreciated, especially if you enjoy this type of puzzle game, that's guaranteed to get your mind working overtime for a while.

The game includes special tasks, fifteen different trophies to win and a useful tutorial with tips on how to play the game.

It's got exactly the same design as the previous giveaway Santa's Toy Factory Nonograms that was featured on Christmas Eve and was released by the same developer 8Floor who have a habit of releasing lots of games with the same mechanic but with different themes; for example other Griddlers games we were given given earlier in December (i.e. Magic Griddlers 2) and November (Magic Griddlers) last year. Apart from the different levels there's nothing to distinguish between all four games with respect to game play.

You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE, and one via the Steam store page HERE. You can also see a few very short Steam community members reviews of the game HERE.
Christmas Griddlers Journey to Santa is yet another reasonable Nonogram game worth downloading and installing, especially if you enjoy this type of puzzle game; it's very relaxing, gets you thinking, and there's enough levels to keep you entertained for many hours over the coming weeks/months (depending on how much time you have spare.

You can find lots of free Nonogram puzzles online (same links as I've posted when the previous Griddlers games were given away) for example Goobix.com and Online Nonograms.







Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 5 hits (VBA32, Jiangmin, MaxSecure, Cylance & BitDefenderTheta) from 67 antimalware engines. These five are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag TooMKY Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engines, so it's almost certainly a false positive.

You can see the results of the scan HERE.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)


Further Notes on Security
The downloaded executable for installing the game 'may' include some low-level adware that only opens your browser to Toomky Games home page after the game has installed and when you shut the game down. It 'may' also place shortcuts onto your desktop; however, these can safely be deleted once the game has installed with no effect on the game.

The installation DOES NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Toomky's home page following the games installation, it earns them some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away for free.

If you're still not convinced of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program before installing it to your C: or other drives on your computer.

Personally, I've never had any issues with any of Toomky Games.

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), Shadowzone, as well as others. (You'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I was actually able to install it from the Toomky website.

And for those who've been playing the game, "Table wheat. Eat table wheat. Sticky sticky fun!"

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry I didn't post earlier. Probably won't download as I have enough of these, I think. Especially because I feel griddlers have high replayability unless you have a photographic memory or are ridiculously fast. If you have a few of these, and have other games you like too, you'll probably won't remember anything of the more complex puzzles when you nostalgically get the griddler bug next year, for example.

The IMPORTANT thing I wanted to add: I believe the specs are wrong and this will play on 32 bit machines. I have 4 of these from 8Floor, and 3 of them give me the standard "not a valid Win 32 application" error when I click on the game. Also, I have other Toomky games that do this. But I can play them all. If you get this error on a 32 bit machine, go to the game's folder, which will be in your Program Files folder, unless you purposely put it somewhere else like I do, either in a folder of it's own name or inside an 8Floor folder in a folder of the game's name. I forget what the installer does. since, as I said, I put mine somewhere else. Or you can just run a search for it.

Sorry Mediaman, I've had to delete part of your post as what you said is not allowed on this site. Toomky games and other free game sites rely on the advertising to keep their sites open. If what you posted became common knowledge, we would lose all of these free game sites , or at least see a massive reduction in the quality of the games being offered by them.

Sorry I had to do this as I know you were just trying to help.

. Also, it's not like they're are tons of 32 bit machines still running around, although they are still a significant few.

Also, it's clear by the fact that all of these games have outside borders on the screen (known as pillarboxing) that they were made in the time of the 4:3 ratio - nearly square - old CRT monitors that they have some age on them and were made in the days when 32 bit machines were much more prevalent. So, if you're using a 32 bit machine, don't be put off if these Toomky games, or someone on Steam, tell you that these require 64 bit machines. That may be for Steam, and it may be for Toomky advertsing, but they don't seem to be 64 bit only games, as folks are being told.

Happy gaming!

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oops! Sorry WR. As you could see, my intention was good. It seems that Toomky has changed the coding that directs you to the site, so that people with 32 bit machines are getting the not valid 32 bit application error, even though it's not true for the games itself. So, I'll just keep posting the "how" - the workaround - where it's warranted, and not post the more sensitive "why" part of the explanation, if that's acceptable. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I noted the difference in the way you posted Sundays comment, so didn't remove any of your comment as it was quite innocent looking.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I don't receive an email link so I can't download this.

Reply   |   Comment by Nancy  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Hi Nancy, try using a different browser and retry. Hope you get this in time. Alternatively, you could download it directly from toomky games. There's very little difference between the one offered there and todays giveaway.

You'll find the game 24/7 via the following link:


Regards Whiterabbit-uk

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

A bit late or very early. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Ant  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is a nice griddler, starts off very easy, by game 3 one has to think. Well, I have to! I prefer the games that fill in the xes when I complete the entered spaces, but this is still enjoyable. You can also "shop" for extras in this game.

Thanks again for a great game!

Reply   |   Comment by Jackie  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Downloaded and installed fine on Win10HomeX64. Oddly, with each of these 8floor nonogram games, on first launch after install the game window opens and closes and launches the "thanks for playing" Toomky page. It only happens that one time and from then on, launching the game works as it should. Strange! I have no explanation for it but just thought I'd mention it. Beyond that, the game looks similar to the last and plays the same. I enjoy this type of game so the abundance we've received recently is very much appreciated.

I wanted to wish everyone here a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year! Many thanks to the GGOTD team, the generous developers and publishers and, as always, Whiterabbit-uk for all you do here.

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For some reason, the program will not install for me. It pops up the screen saying the game was successfully activated but never actually installs it. Has anyone else had the same problem? Does anyone have a solution? I generally love these Griddler games, so I'd really like to find a way to install it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

The usual solutions are to 1) try turning off realtime scanning in antivirus software, 2) run the GOTD setup.exe app with WIndows in Safe Mode. You can generally also install GOTD games in a sandbox or VM [Virtual Machine] or another PC / laptop that doesn't use your installed brand of antivirus software, and copy the installed game to your regular copy of Windows.

What's happening...
The software offered on GOTD is sometimes enclosed in a wrapper -- the actual setup file is encrypted inside of a separate app. When you run that app it checks with the GOTD site to make sure it's the day of the giveaway, then decrypts the giveaway's setup file, storing it in system RAM [memory] where it's then run. The reason for that is so the company giving the software away can limit the giveaway to just one day.

Now the wrapper itself is a relatively simple app -- it checks with GOTD to make sure the giveaway is live [i.e. wasn't last week], decrypts the setup file & runs it, and when that setup file ends or closes, it pops up the message that you see. It Does Not know if that setup was successful -- it just knows it started & then stopped. So in your case the game's setup app closed before the game was fully installed. There are many potential causes, but in the past 99.999% of the time it's due to antivirus / security software -- a false positive detection causes the AV software to terminate the program.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike, very clear and concise explanation. A goal I don't always achieve, myself. lol. You might want to copy that and repost it - or some version of it - every so often. Well done!

Btw,"and copy the installed game to your regular copy of Windows" shhhhh! "nudge, nudge, wink, wink". :P

Btw, I'll say again, Google's version recaptcha is junk! Can't tell when to include a square that has just a TINY section of what's asked for, and, if it doesn't like your answer to it's often obscure question, it puts you through as much as a half a dozen screens before it will forgive you. Spygle! We will always be victims until we learn the value of curbing legal nonsense, breaking up near monopolies, and jailing CEOs of corporations that are involved in illegal acts. No more slap on the wrist fines! And no more club feds! Medium security, work, and mixed populations. Then CEOs won't take it lightly!

Reply   |   Comment by mediaman13  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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