Hola! Ola! Tannenbaum is a quick arcade puzzle game where you're going to need good timing, lightning reflexes, and absolutely no sense of colour-coordination to create the most chaotically decorated Christmas tree ever. Start by placing baubles, tinsel and fairy lights and top everything off with a star on top. Will you be a bauble boffin or a yuletide liability?

Ola! Tannenbaum is an accurate simulation of what it is like to decorate a tree after too many glasses of sherry and with your eyes closed.

There's an in-game tutorial of sorts, but if you're wanting to score well, this is what you need to do:

  • The closer you are to a target the more points you will get. Miss the target and you drop the decoration.
  • Baubles only need one target. Accurately place two in a row and you'll gain a bonus bauble that's worth double points.
  • Tinsel needs to be draped across two targets, one at a time. The longer and closer to horizontal it is, the more points you'll get.
  • Fairy lights are similar to tinsel but don't need to be placed horizontally.
  • Once all your decorations are gone or you have filled up the tree, you can place the star on top.

Top tips for a truly terrific tree:

  • If two targets are next to each other, place a bauble so one target will move somewhere else (hopefully further away so you can place a long piece of tinsel)
  • The longer you take to aim a decoration, the faster it will move, making it much harder to place accurately.
  • The star is worth the most points, don't drop it!
  • A well-placed decoration is worth double points, a well-placed bonus bauble is worth quadruple points.
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
TagsArcade, Christmas, PICO-8, Retro


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

ola-tannenbaum-1.04_windows.zip 1 MB
ola-tannenbaum-1.04_linux.zip 664 kB
ola-tannenbaum-1.04_osx.zip 3 MB
ola-tannenbaum-1.04_raspi.zip 1 MB

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Thanks for making this fun game. me and my girlfriend have had a really fun time playing it this Christmas. is festive finesse the highest rank you can get? just wondering, it's the best we've got so far

Made a video


Haha that's awesome, thanks for making a video. You did really well to go from Crimbo Cringe to Festive Finesse in one game. I think that deserves a glass of sherry. :)

Super fun idea! took me a while to realize you could swap between the different types of decorations haha. Great music and visuals too.

Glad you enjoyed it. If I add some more to the game, I should try making the tutorial a bit better to make it clearer what you're supposed to do at the start. It's always fun making music on Pico-8, so I'm glad you appreciated that! 😀 

^^ okay oh what fun it is to decorate the X-mas tree

Glad you enjoyed it. Have a glass of sherry on me. :)