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Operation Return Gifts Giveaway

Game Giveaway of the day — Operation Return Gifts

Sweet and kind platformer with a Christmas theme.
User rating: 13 (68%) 6 (32%) 3 comments

Operation Return Gifts was available as a giveaway on December 2, 2022!

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Sweet and kind platformer with a Christmas theme. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally lost all the gifts. A little girl named Candy goes in search of the lost gifts to help the old man and save Christmas.

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File Size:

100 MB



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Operation Return Gifts:

In Brief:
Operation Return Gifts is a short and simple side scrolling platformer that was created several years ago. Pick up the presents dropped by Santa avoiding the wandering cuddly looking enemies that I presume are meant to represent white rabbits and later, penguins, abominable snowmen, and ghosts (that float). there are also stationary snowmen that appear to be harmless even if you touch them. You can destroy all these enemies, including the snowmen by jumping on them. Also avoid falling down the pits. You'll lose one of your four lives if you are touched by any one of the enemies or fall off a platform. If you lose all four lives you will be taken to the main menu where you can continue where you left off (at the beginning of the level), but only with one life.

Once you've collected all of the dropped gifts on a level, walk to one of Santa's elves, who thanks you, then you automatically move on to the next level which has more gifts to collect. Each successive level becomes a little harder, with new enemies introduced. There are only five levels with 15, 23, 21, 23 and 18 presents respectively to pick up, totalling 100 presents dropped by Santa and then recovered by Candy. At the end of the fifth level, you meet all five elves before being taken back to the main menu.

The game defaults to a small window; (it fills approximately a sixth of my monitor when set at 1920x1080). In the top right corner is a bell icon which toggles the games music on and off or you use the M key. The music is a short 1-minute double loop that lasts two minutes (approximately) of a Christmas themed instrumental.

You can see a video of game play HERE


Left Arrow = Move Left
Right Arrow = Move Right
Up Arrow = Jump
Esc = Main Menu
Mouse = access menu
LMB = Action menu item
M = toggle music on/off
Operation Return Gifts is a very simple platformer with little to distinguish between each level environment wise; still, it's playable and beatable relatively quickly. You can easily complete this game in less than ten minutes, especially if you are adept at playing platformers.

The game relies on jumping from some platforms at the correct point otherwise you will fall into the depth and lose a life. Also avoid touching the various enemies unless you're jumping on them. This would probably enthral a young child of around 5 or 6/7 as even the enemies are cute looking. As with many of these short games, it's not something I'd play for an extended period.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 63 antimalware engines. You can see my scan of the installed game HERE






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

Great good game. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

Operation Return Gifts appears to be a cute little scrolling platforming type of game with platforming rules from other games of the genre relaxed. It's just very simple, you use the arrow keys on the computer in order move your little character and collect the gift boxes.

There really is no story line to the game in a sense just an opening animation scene showing Santa dropping his gifts from the sky. Oopsy Santa....

The in game graphics are not the best and the way the background objects were scrolling I feel they could have been done better. The trees on the bottom scrolling with other objects made me feel very uneasy playing this game. I am not sure if anyone else will feel the same.

No full screen mode is present here or controller support which I expect of platformers in some shape or form.

If you want a Christmas style platformer done right you can check out Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare 1995 here: https://dosgames.com/game/jazz-jackrabbit-holiday-hare-1995/

It is playable in your browser, and also part of the Jazz Jackrabbit Collection 1 that you buy on GOG.

Overall this little platformer needs some work on the graphics side , the controls and needs options for full screen.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
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