Ahh, it’s that time of year again: the holiday season, full of Christmas lights, Christmas carols, Christmas cheer…and Klickolaus.
Klickolaus is a little holiday game offered online by Sparkasse, my bank in Germany. I first came across it last year at around this time, and once I started playing, I could not stop. The thing about Klickolaus is that you can only play it from the start of December until Christmas Eve, and then it’s gone again for another year. After going through withdrawal symptoms at the end of last year, I completely forgot about the game until about a week ago, when I went by the Sparkasse site and lo! - Klickolaus was back.
The object of the game is to get rid of all the blocks on the screen by matching up blocks with the same motif - that’s it. It sort of has a Tetris thing going on, which is probably why I’m addicted to it. After all, back in the day, I played Tetris so much that every time I closed my eyes to go to sleep, I could see blocks falling endlessly in my mind. There’s something about the hypnotic repetitiveness of games like this that keeps me glued to the computer screen for hours on end.
The added bonus with Klickolaus is the sound: the crunchy sound you get whenever blocks fall into place reminds me of what it sounds like to walk through snow, which in turn kind of reminds me of Hunters in the Snow - so really, I suppose my love for Klickolaus is tied intrinsically to my love for Bruegel. Or something.
In any case, despite the hours that I have spent playing Klickolaus lately, I still have never won a single game and I will therefore have no chance of winning the EU500 first prize at the end of December - but I’ll keep plugging away at it anyway. I can’t help myself. In fact, I’m off to play a bit more now. After all, there’s only one week of Klickolaus left…