MS: Freezeezy Peak – Banjo-Kazooie
When I think of festive games, I think of Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie. With a fairytale-inspired story, a broad, whimsical world and genuinely funny writing, BK evokes the spirit of a classic family-friendly animated movie that you might see on the goggle box at Christmas. In fact, with its range of colourful and often googly-eyed characters it’s more than a little bit Muppet-y. In a good way.
If that wasn’t enough to channel the holiday spirit, it even has its own Chrimbo-themed world. Freezeezy Peak features all the traditional festive iconography; snow, log cabins, frozen lakes, Christmas trees, presents, snow men… if you can name it, it’s probably in there.
Rounding out this overload of festivity is its theme song, composed by the brilliant Grant Kirkhope. Upbeat, adventurous, catchy and constantly backed with sleigh bells, it screams Christmas louder than Jesus and good ol’ Saint Nick sitting down to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol in a snow-covered log cabin in front of a roaring fire, later being joined by a family of carol-singing polar bears before exchanging presents and then knocking back some ice cold Coca-Colas. Christmas.