Daze Before Christmas is a platformer developed by Funcom for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. An evil snowman has kidnapped Santa's reindeer and elves, and Christmas would be lost if they are not saved. Santa sets out on to rescue them by using his many magic powers. Along the way he is aided by his evil twin the Anti-Clause.
The game was released exclusively in PAL regions. A US version of the game was cancelled mid-development.
In Daze Before Christmas, players control Santa throughout a series of levels. In each level the goal is to rescue the various elves and reindeer by opening boxes and cages they are trapped in. Santa has magic powers that allows him to turn enemies littered across environments into Christmas gifts, which he then collects. Santa also has the ability to open up different gifts to find power-ups which will aid him, but gifts will sometimes contain items that can harm him such as bombs. One of the power-ups that is most prominently featured is Santa's ability to turn into the Anti-Clause, and this power up is gained by finding a cup of coffee. As the Anti-Clause Santa is invincible and able to eliminate enemies on a level, but is unable to open gifts during this transformation.
When Daze Before Christmas was released there had been very few Christmas games commercially available. Not many copies were of the game were printed making it an extremely limited release. If sought after, the game could come with an extremely high asking price.