Google has made a name for itself with those quirky holiday designs they occasionally employ for their homepage, whether it be a cartoon showcasing the talent of Lotte Reiniger or an online version of the Pac-Man game. This year, they are pulling out all the stops for Advent, which is the season leading up to Christmas.
In one of their games, entitled “Santa Selfie,” you can actually give Jolly ol’ Saint Nick a haircut. Despite what the name of the game would imply, you do not actually take a photo with Santa. Like any good reporter, I decided to dive in head-first and explore the game for myself. Look, it’s a slow news day.
Obviously, the “Santa Selfie” is but one of many games on the application. But the best will be reserved for the Night Before, as “On Christmas Eve, the Tracker will go live, allowing fans worldwide to follow Santa’s progress on either the desktop web, mobile web (Android/iOS), Android app, Android TV app and Chromecast.”
Their games also “introduce basic concepts of coding to global holiday traditions,” because ” Google’s Santa Tracker encourages holiday learning experiences in a fun way.” You don’t just have to have fun playing games, you can also have fun by learning. Don’t look at me like that. On the site, they also have apps explaining Christmas traditions around the world. They ignore the Krampus, so I’m not going to go into that much about it.
Google Chrome users can also add the extension to their browser.