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Variety is rarely a bad thing and with this in mind, we saw nothing inappropriate about deviating from enthusiast hardware reviews. We at OC3D are led to believe that even the most deprived and socially unaware individuals have an interest in the festive period of Christmas. During the next few days you are likely to meet your loved ones, tolerate them (within reason) and sit around a table with a delicious and sleep inducing meal. This is great, unless you’re the poor sod that has prepared this delightful reunion.

Over the last week or so, you may have had to have sourced a fine turkey, vegetables and sides as well as assorted alcohol and desserts. Forgetting something? But of course; the infamous Christmas Cracker.

One would be a fool to not incorporate this noisy addition to the dining table. After all, whats there to dislike? Not only do you gain the opportunity to show off all that braun from “gaming”, you get to hear a real life explosion and even stand a chance at winning a prize for it!

So here’s the dilemma. Its 24th December, you need to purchase Christmas Crackers and all you use a computer for is to visit Overclock3D and play games. What do you do? What is the finest shop bought Christmas Cracker on sale today? Why aren’t there any in depth reviews?!

Thankfully we had the foresight to prepare this article in advance. Its fine, you can thank us later!

So without further a do, we would like to present to you our explosive candidates.

Christmas Cracker Mayhem

In true OC3D style, we shall kick off our tests with a comprehensive spec list

  Tesco Value Crackers
Tesco Crackers
Tesco LUXURY Crackers
Stream Cracker Count 10 12 6
Size Small Medium Large
Instruction Sets Joke, Gift, Hat Joke, Gift, Hat Joke, Gift, Hat
Colour Scheme Red Cream + Festive Cartoons Cream, Gold, Imitation jewels
Price £1 £6 £15

…and herein lies the problem. A single supermarket alone will stock multiple types of Christmas Cracker, from £1 no frills fire arms, through to the luxury big guns at a staggering £15. So what sets them apart? Which pack should you buy during less than steller economic times? Read on. 

Christmas Cracker Mayhem

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First of all, we hope you all enjoyed our very first Party Cracker review.

So which cracker set is the one to buy? As much as we hate to say it, it depends. The perfect Christmas cracker should suit your dinner table and its gifts should be targeted towards the nature of your guests. Finally they should actually be functional.

Beyond aesthetics, we can’t help but wonder how easy it is to justify spending £2.50 per cracker. For most of the part, the infamous cracker has quite a deterministic fate. Cracker is tugged, cracker snaps, cracker goes in the bin. One may say that the gifts are of greater quality in the Luxury set but with the exception of just a few items, most of these items will either find themselves swimming with the rest of your house clutter, or yet again in the bin.

With this in mind, the conventional and value crackers have gained the most OC3D Brownie Points. The decision is much more simple now. If you care for the fundamental snap & laugh factors, then the Value crackers are for you. If however you find them a little boring to look at, then the Standard crackers are for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve folks!

Tesco Value Crackers


Tesco Standard Crackers


Tesco Luxury Crackers