We've been following the progress of THQ's MargaritaVille Online on Facebook for some time now, and have seen the game grow, even bringing you an in-depth, hands-on preview from the game's Closed Beta. Even though MargaritaVille Online won't launch openly on Facebook until the new year, that doesn't mean that Christmas won't come to the islands, as over 30 new items will be released for your Oasis Bar, boat and even character to celebrate the holiday season.
Of course, just because Christmas has come to MargaritaVille Online, doesn't mean you can expect a blanket of snow to have fallen over everything. On the contrary, snowmen are now made out of sand, and while traditional Christmas trees will also be available, you can also celebrate Christmas with festive palm trees.
We have an exclusive look at those items in the images below, but are also happy to bring you the news that one of the game's mini-games will also undergo some exciting changes. Hammock Time, the game's take on a match-three title, will offer new challenges to complete and offer the ability to create exploding barrels by performing well. From the screenshot above, it looks as though exploding barrels will appear when making matches of five of the same kind of item. It's also possible to form items that look like Sand Dollars, which will also serve a special purpose that has yet to be made clear.
If you're in the game's Closed Beta, make sure to keep playing to see these items eventually appear for purchase in the game's stores, and try your hand at the new Hammock Time upgrades before everyone else. For the rest of us, we'll just be left staring at some (admittedly fun) images until the real deal launches publicly in January.
Check out the rest of our Holiday 2011 coverage right here.
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