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Santa Claus no Takarabako
Box artwork for Santa Claus no Takarabako.
Developer(s) Musical Plan Ltd.
Publisher(s) Data East
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Party
System(s) Famicom Disk System
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
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Santa Claus no Takarabako (サンタクロースの宝箱? lit. Santa Claus' treasure chest) is a Christmas themed party game developed by Musical Plan Ltd. for the Famicom Disk System, and published by Data East in Japan in 1987. There are two modes to play: creating a Christmas card and or playing a few party games with friends. While you can play with it by yourself, it was not particular designed for that.

Controls[edit]

  • Neutral dpad: Move cursor between options
  • A button: Make selection
  • B button: Cycle options
  • Start button: Make selection, cycle options
  • Select button: Previous screen, cycle options

X'mas Card[edit]

A sample Christmas greeting

The main menu has five options to pick from.

  • Message: Type the Christmas message you want to, like the one that is there by default.
    • Cycle between the lines with B button and Start button.
  • Screen: Change the background music as well as the background image.
  • Santa: Draw something else besides the Santa picture that is given.
    • Use A button and Start button to pick any of the four colors.
    • Use B button and Start button to choose between the original Santa or the User's image.
    • Move around with Neutral dpad to get to the other sections of Santa to alter the image.
  • Run: View the card you have created along with music, message and the animated Santa (or custom image).
  • Save: Keep your creation on file for later.

Party Games[edit]

These games should be played with more than one person.

Bingo[edit]

Bingo

This isn't really a game here per se. It serves as a number draw for you to play the real Bingo at home. The game seems to do nothing else but draw number after number with no real outcome.

Roulette[edit]

Roulette

As before, this isn't a game. It is just a roulette wheel that turns and shows you if the number is black or red, odd or even, or in the higher or lower ranges of the available numbers (24). You are supposed to bet on a number or range yourself, and just see if you guessed correctly. You are just seeing who in your group wins and who doesn't.

Slot Machine[edit]

Slot Machine

This is actually a real game. You start with 100 units. Each bet costs 10, and you pull the level with A button. B button and Start button reset the game whenever you want or have run out of money. The following are some, but not all winning combinations.

Reel 1 Reel 2 Reel 3 Payout
CHERRY 10
CHERRY CHERRY 50
CHERRY CHERRY CHERRY 100
7 7 100
7 7 7
MELON MELON MELON 200
APPLE APPLE APPLE 300
LEMON LEMON LEMON

Poker Dice[edit]

Poker Dice

Think of the dice like a card hand in a poker game. You can have:

  • Pair:
A die with 2 dots A die with 2 dots
  • Three of a kind:
A die with 4 dots A die with 4 dots A die with 4 dots
  • Four of a kind:
A die with 1 dot A die with 1 dot A die with 1 dot A die with 1 dot
  • Five of a kind:
A die with 5 dots A die with 5 dots A die with 5 dots A die with 5 dots A die with 5 dots
  • Full House:
A die with 2 dots A die with 2 dots A die with 3 dots A die with 3 dots A die with 3 dots
  • Straight:
A die with 1 dot A die with 2 dots A die with 3 dots A die with 4 dots A die with 5 dots

You do not have any money or bets, but you can bet outside of the game or see who rolls the best between a few friends.