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Silent Night - Special Edition by Joker

dmdibl 8 9 10 10
eRIC 7 9 8 9
Gerty 7 9 9 9
janachorider 9 8 8 9
Jay 8 10 10 10
JesseG 7 7 9 9
John 7 7 9 8
Jose 8 8 9 9
MichaelP 7 8 9 9
Moonpooka 9 8 10 9
rtrger 8 9 9 10
Ryan 8 9 9 9
Sakusha 8 8 9 9
Scottie 7 8 9 8
totizedger 7 8 9 9
Treeble 7 9 9 8
release date: 16-Dec-2009
# of downloads: 111

average rating: 8.52
review count: 16
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file size: 48.74 MB
file type: TR4
class: Xmas

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Reviewer's comments
"This is a revised version from an early release from the builder but I have to say I don't have any memories left from that one — funnily enough I'd played it in one of our party raids back in the Lara's Home days. From the deceptive walkthrough I expected something slightly shorter, but this was still quite a nice and magical festive level, first you set off to collect presents randomly dropped in a open-ended forest (Santa might have launched them off into the wrong places?), then you explore a small town and the houses of old aquaintances and leave to each resident a present. The very last one gets delivered in person to perhaps the most loyal butler ever. From my previous review it seems all the original grievances were taken care of, as none came up this time around, and since for the most part it's the original walkthrough which I used I can tell a few sloped pillars have been flattened, so no more tricky jumping around. There are twelve stars to retrieve which serve no apparent purpose. 50 minutes. 03/23" - Treeble (26-Mar-2023)
"Here we have 2 levels, the first in the snowy icy wilderness looking for stars (optional) and presents (needed) and then the second level is set in a village and its houses and buildings where you can find more presents and stars and place the presents you've found. The levels and layout is very good to explore around in the lovely snowy/icy areas and despite a lot of area to cover you never get stuck for long because the gameplay is mostly simple and easy here with fantastic xmas songs to get you into a relaxed christmas spirit. there is some animals in the first level and some of laras old foes in the second level but none will attack you and gameplay is mostly exploring around finding items with a few movable object tasks and some enjoyable platforming tasks around tricky areas like icy caverns and then rooftop ledges later on. Although there is lack of challenging or varied gameplay here the variety in the levels in terms of locations, areas and layout made the simple and basic tasks along with lovely atmosphere and music a joy to experience" - John (17-Dec-2021)
"This is a re-release of the earlier Silent Night level with the addition of a bit more gameplay in that you have the opportunity to explore for a total of twelve bonus stars across both levels, alongside the presents. I'm not usually fond of remakes, but I enjoyed the original version a lot and it was a real pleasure to play it again. The various animals scattered around were lovely touches, and once again the final scene was wonderfully done. Relax and enjoy." - Ryan (17-Apr-2019)
"This is the same level as Stanislaw made two years before and I have to admit that I hardly remembered a thing. The only difference is that there are extra Stars to find apart from the presents you need to gather. So put on your running shoes (again) and explore. There are a few puzzles in here and you can pet a bear, the fox I couldn’t pet as he was hiding in his den. The wolf was just howling on top of a small shed." - Gerty (20-Jan-2019)
"This is a nice level to play during Christmas time, I really felt like I was in a snowy village. It was also interesting to see the various Tomb Raider characters on benches and armchairs throughout the second level. The first level had some interesting animals to observe, and ledges to negotiate. The caves were confusing, but eventually, I pulled through. The second level had quite a curveball with the polejump to a ledge, but the rest was pretty straightforward, with buttons to push, and stuff to push and pull around. I've found a few stars, and it was fun putting presents near the Christmas tree. The reunion at the end is quite a sight to behold." - Sakusha (01-Jan-2019)
"In the first level,you have to find five presents and six stars while making your way through a pit and a snow cave. in the second level,you must put the presents in the houses while at the same time find the others six stars.all in all i liked this level execpt by some Little problems:i spent half an hour trying to do the pole jump as well as trying to locate all the stars i could only find eight.and i think the sky should be starry not cloudy but that's a minor complain.for the rest is very good Recommended." - janachorider (04-Jan-2014)
"I thought this was a perfect adventure to play while christmas is here. Textures were well applied and the atmosphere was also very good. There was one thing i didn't like very much and that was the items hidden too well which caused me to run through the whole level back and forth. This level got tedious just because of the items being too hard to spot. I liked the second level the most because it had better gameplay. This adventure is better when you play it for the 2nd time because you know where every item/button is placed. I do recommend it though especially if you like christmas levels. The ending cutscene was cute and made me smile." - totizedger (10-Dec-2013)
"I missed out on the first addition of this level, so this was a new experience for me and I liked it very much. Lara begins in the snowy mountains and must explore the area for gifts and secret stars. I think there were about 132 stars but I only found nine. The snowy mountain areas were lovely. The atmosphere was chilly, fresh and just as I'd expect it to be. Later on you enter a beautiful village where you will explore the buildings for keys and place the gifts you have found. The final gift is given to Winston and then Lara's enemies gather on the bandstand to sing. It's all quite lovely and the ending was enchanting. All in all, a very nice Christmas level, with nice texturing great atmosphere and fun game-play." - Moonpooka (25-Jan-2010)
"Truly a great level. This adventure takes place in the snowy mountains. The outdoor areas are very scenic, but some of the houses are a bit empty. The gameplay is quite decent, collect presents and get them to various people. The level is a bit non-linear, so it can take some time to accomplish this quest. The songs in the game is too fussy for me. Most of the secrets(the 12 stars) are easy to collect, but some of them are well hidden. Great work Joker!" - rtrger (10-Jan-2010)
"I must confess that I am not a big fan of this " change a level a little bit and then bring it out over again as "Special of edition"". Or "Next Generation". Or as these may also be called a little more nicely made level then behind. Then I always have the feeling that the ideas have gone out from the level builder. Then it's better to play a new level. Now, however, this should not be mean that this level would be bad. Of course not. Now, however, I do not know what has changed concerning the original level. The textures have stayed the same to my opinion. I believe that the music has changed. I think, I can leave out the details, because hardly something has changed in the gameplay. It was nice anyway to play this Level again whereas I think, that the first part was not so good. There one ran only through a few gulches with many trees and had to go completely down into a big hole. The second part was substantially better." - Scottie (09-Jan-2010)
"A Christmas Level set in two parts where you first explore a rather vast and beautifully built outside area for five parcels (and 6 bonus stars in this revised version), which you then get to place in the second part around a nice village inside the buildings (and another 6 bonus stars to find there in this revised version). The level has many nice little touches, like the fox, the bear, the wolf and later the frozen lake, the stream and the bridge, but it can easily get tedious and frustrating to play because the crucial items are often very sneakily hidden and thus gameplay can easily come to a grinding halt a number of times. Part two is a little better and plays more fluently with some push block puzzles and several buttons to find and push. The highlight is of course a nicely done ending scene which you should reach in 40 minutes or so if you do not get lost along the way. I increase my gameplay score by one, simply because this second time around it was more obvious where I needed to go and thus a little less tedious than 2 years ago when I played it for the first time, but I would hope we can rather see something really new and fresh from this builder next." - MichaelP (03-Jan-2010)
"Well this was a nice treat to enjoy for an hour or so. The goal is to keep finding enough presents to unlock the next area, until you reach the final celebratory cutscene. There are some bits of action and puzzles, but most of the time was spent running around like a headless chicken, especially in the forest and maze parts, making the gameplay feel a bit more dragged out than it should have been. The pole jump was also a pain, as the "command 3" bug prevents lara from grabbing the ledge, so you must instead perform a pixel-perfect backjump while avoiding the invisible "ceiling". There is also the glitchy jeep that was clearly not intended to be driven (it's a blast to try though!). The custom objects, environments, and audio are all festive and beautiful. Aside from the presents there are 12 stars to find if you wish an additional challenge. I was able to find 11 of them. There are no enemies, traps, or gore of any sort so I recommend this for anyone ready to take a breather in a fantastical winter wonderland." - SSJ6Wolf (31-Dec-2009)
"It was nice to play this level again, 'cause it's a good level, but honestly, I can't see the reason to release the same level twice, only with the difference of the inclusion of some more items to pick up. So, my ratings and my comments are exactly the same as in january 2008." - Jose (21-Dec-2009)
"I enjoyed this Advent level very much the first time around and was more than happy to play it again. It has been tweaked here and there, but essentially remains pretty much as the first verion, with its woodland areas with charming inhabitants and the beautiful lakeside village to explore. The readme says the gameplay has been made easier, but I honestly don't remember it being particularly hard in the first place. The end scene remains the same too, with Lara giving poor long suffering Winston the final present and obviously making peace with her old TR enemies. What could be more appropriate for the Christmas season." - Jay (19-Dec-2009)
"The previous level from the author, revised with some differences, one area at the beginning seems new to me , there is different musics which I liked but became somewhat repetitive , and a different ending. There may be some others differences as well. The main added interest beside the regular gameplay , is to find 12 stars of which I found only 10. Well worth the play or the replay for all collectors out there , and to all those who want to play a relaxing Christmas adventure in a well crafted environment." - eRIC (19-Dec-2009)
"I was a fan of the first "Silent Night," and its many good qualities are still there. This new version seems very similar to the original release, though it is supposed to be easier, and in all that vast space there are now twelve Christmas stars to find, in addition to the five presents. Players who have done this before won't have any trouble making their way unerringly through these two levels. It still has the peaceful forest scene, artistically done, with animals leading Lara to lost presents: a quick fox, a grumpy bear, a howling wolf. In the original, Lara fell into a hole and landed on top of a present, while in this version the present is in the same location, but is simply on top of the snow (no hole). Playing this from memory, it took about thirty minutes to complete the first level. The second level also shows little change. The author says he has made play easier, so I thought that meant getting rid of that second-story jump switch, which can be hard to find because there are no binoculars. But the jump switch is still there, and leads to involved play in the barn. There is still a key in the lake, but now it is highly visible, atop white rocks or ice. Before the key was on dark ground and was difficult to see. The manor house still gets two presents. Lara presses a switch to turn off the flames in the fireplace. Perhaps this switch was timed in the original, so Lara had to flip over the fire (or maybe not), but now the switch permanently shuts down the fireplace. It ends as before, with Lara giving Winston the fifth and final present, while Tomb Raider characters sing Christmas carols. I enjoyed revisiting this special forest scene, and the Christmas atmosphere of the houses, though instead of "Silent Night, The Director's Cut" next year, it would be refreshing to have new levels from this author." - dmdibl (17-Dec-2009)