Christmas Countdown w/Music is a daily countdown to Christmas application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It was created by Energize Software and released by Greg Morris. It is currently free to download. It will appeal to anyone wanting to get into the Christmas Spirit.
Christmas Countdown w/Music is designed to get you in the mood for Christmas with an animated countdown to the big day. This app contains everything you need to get excited in the days before Christmas. When users open this application they are presented with a beautiful mountain snow scene with Santa Claus and a reindeer with a few presents at the side. At the top of the screen is the current remaining days until Christmas which cycles through nine different colours when tapped. Out of the centre of the background an animation of Santa’s head will appear and interact with the users touch, laughing and flying off in different directions.
This animation grows bigger as the days get closer to Christmas. Also if users tap on the background image of Santa, the reindeer or the presents they will be greeted with various related sounds. The animation can be changed from being Santa’s head to a Christmas tree which lights up when the player taps it. .This also grows in size towards the big day. Users can also change the background image to any of their own pictures from their device. The animation will still appear over the top of the picture but there will not be interactive sounds.
The app also contains five Christmas carols which can be listened to while viewing the picture. These are Holly Jolly Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Little Drummer Boy. It is also possible to listen to the users own music.
Christmas Countdown w/Music is an average application. It is not special in anyway and there are plenty of similar apps on the market. Compared to a popular competitor Sleeps to Christmas, this App just doesn’t cut it. Maybe that is harsh because it is free, but there are far better versions on the market. The selection of music is small and not the most popular carols and the Santa animation is extremely annoying after a few views. Christmas Countdown could benefit from more background images and better animations, or at least some more animations. The content is just a little too sparing at the moment. It is still recommended as a worthwhile download, but only because it is free.