What could cause someone to "snap" after hundreds of years of
Was it the blatant commercialization of Christmas, with cheap decorations
displayed in stores well before Halloween?
The threatened unionization of the elves?
Or perhaps international regulators who banned reindeer propulsion because
the flatulence of nine reindeer was damaging the ozone layer?
Or was it just one naughty child too many?
Whatever the reason, Santa Claus has gone over to the dark side, and
this Christmas won’t be the usual season of good will toward men.
“Maybe the children of the world would learn to appreciate the
important things in life if they didn't spend Christmas focused on shiny
Santa stated earlier this year. “Maybe this year, Santa will take away
presents instead of delivering them...”
Instead of leaving lumps of coals in the stockings of the naughty
children, Santa has decided to teach them a lesson –
and no rogue wind currents, bad weather, or guard dogs are going to get in
And he’s asked for your help in executing his diabolical plan.
MEAN SANTA was originally released for the Atari 2600 in 2009 in celebration of the 100th
print issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter.
In 2016, a version for the Magnavox Odyssey2 / Videopac was released.
Both of these versions are still available for
MEAN SANTA for the Colecovision
a game cartridge
a printed 8-page color game manual
black plastic storage box with printed color
On this screen, the object is to fly Mean Santa's sleigh through the night sky and safely land on a house roof.
Watch out for the rogue snowflake... it'll take Mean Santa's sleigh off-course.
Once inside the house, it's time for Mean Santa to get to work. Here, he is
stealing all the dolls in the house.
Be careful not to slip on the bananas!
Hurry up - this is a game of speed. There is no time to waste. Best time wins.
Here, in the final house, Mean Santa must avoid the guard dogs.
Mean Santa's final challenge is to steal the ROASTED TURKEY DINNER at the bottom
of the screen!
There are many houses to raid, I mean to explore, and lots to discover in the
game Mean Santa for the Colecovision.
CHECK OUT THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO OF MEAN SANTA FOR THE COLECOVISION:
HOW TO ORDER:
Mean Santa for the COLECOVISION is shipped via U.S. Mail.
In the USA:
please click here:
Outside the USA / International / anywhere else in the world:
Here are my original hand-drawn concept pages for MEAN SANTA. Note that it
was originally going to be called EVIL SANTA.
REVIEWS OF THE ATARI 2600 VERSION OF MEAN SANTA
Ahhhh...there's nothing that wreaks more of the holidays than late
January, a homebrew Atari 2600 game, and Santa Claus going on a
drunken rampage, robbing houses, and holding up young children at
Let’s take a look at what comes with the game Mean Santa: Let’s start
by looking at the cover art because honestly, the front cover of this
game is what makes it. It’s worth buying it just for this! You have
Santa Claus in a mask, with a gun, holding like an 8 year old kid at
gunpoint, taking his presents. That’s so disturbing, yet so classic,
that I have no words to describe it. I’m just going to give it a
thumb’s up. I love it.
Let’s go over to the back [ of the case ]. You’ve got some screen
shots here. Basically, Santa is pissed off at all the kids who
misbehaved during the year. So instead of leaving coal, he is going to
rob them. Good for Santa!
[ The cartridge ] has the same art that they have on the cover of the
box. It looks really good. It looks really professional, too!
Obviously, they would not have a licensed Atari game with Santa
holding up a kid at gunpoint…but, hey…
The premise of the game is really simple: What you have to do is land
on the roofs of all these houses, go inside, steal whatever they got,
and get back out. In the final house, you have to steal Christmas
dinner and not get caught by the dogs. Do that and you complete the
game. In all honesty, on EASY mode, the game is “retarded-ly” simple.
It’s not even worth playing. On MEDIUM and HARD, it actually becomes
kind of a challenge because you have a thundercloud shooting lightning
at you, you have the “beach ball sized” snowflakes coming at you. You
have to land on the roof. You can’t land on a chimney. If you land on
a chimney, you crash and burn to the ground.
It’s not the most exciting thing in the world. It’s a cool little
gimmick though. You’ll play for 10 minutes and enjoy it.
The only “real huge beef” I have with this game is they could have
been a little more original.
Like when you go into a house, I don’t think anyone would have 14
candy canes just laying around on the floor, or 12 wreaths just laying
Besides for that, it’s a cool concept. I liked it a lot. My final
verdict is: I would say pick this one up if you can find it.
There was only 100 of these made. It has adequate graphics, and
honestly if you’re a collector, it’s something really cool to have.
"Everything looks great! The higher levels are very challenging, but it
was nice of you to include the easy level for kids to play. Thanks to
"Just would like to say this game is great, even after several tries. The
fact there is a lot of locked game modes is excellent.
I have just found a 'special' mode but fails at house 28...
Do other game modes exist after the 'special' one?
And is it possible to access to this game mode without finishing the other
I have my answer: I've just finished the 'special' game mode (my time is
I think the last house is #31. But no additional mode after beating the
The last houses with the dog are not really easy! My thumb is used now!!
(I have played this on a 7800)
"Pretty good game and the packaging with the hard plastic case, artwork
and manual is very nice.
Very reasonably priced. I would recommend picking one up."
"A note to everyone: Buy this fun little holiday game!
I got mine a while back and have been playing it quite a bit, it's just
that right mix of quirky fun to keep you playing for hours!"
ENJOY! WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!