Santa Panic! A gift wrapping arcade game for 1 or 2 players, by dddaaannn and TimSwast. This is game 9 of the PICO-8 Advent calendar 2018.

Get those presents wrapped and in the right spots, and get yourself back up the chimney, before you're found out!

  • To move, use the arrow keys (player 1) or e/s/d/f (player 2).
  • To pick up, drop, or throw, use "x" (player 1) or "w" (player 2). Drop while moving to throw.
  • Wrap a present by walking it to a wrapping station.
  • Pick up your sack and walk into the chimney to leave.

Two player co-op available! You could use the help, but make sure both of you get to the chimney in time!

You can also play or download this game on the PICO-8 BBS.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
AuthorDan Sanderson
Made withPICO-8
TagsChristmas, PICO-8, pico8advent, santa


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That's awesome, thank you!

I won.

On a keyboard, the action button is either "z" or "c". The "O" on the screen refers to PICO-8's O and X controller buttons, which map to "z" and "x" (for player 1) on a keyboard. Thanks for mentioning it!

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Looks like a game I'd like to try, but I seriously don't know how to start it! Is it "Press O, Q or 0 to start"? Neither of those worked.

EDIT: I pressed "C" and it started. :-)