Monday, September 6, 2010

The LoadDown - 09/06/2010

It's Labor Day!  And here I am, after almost forgetting to finalize and post this, laboring to bring you the weekly roundup of downloadable games:

WiiWare -- One new game today, Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" -- it's a 3-D point-and-click adventure game, with puzzles and thrills set in the world of the American West.  This is from a sporadically-published episodic series, and it's encouraging to see another adventure game publisher dipping their toes into the WiiWare market.

Wii Virtual Console -- Hey, it's a game!  And a good one -- the classic Neo-Geo fighter Samurai Shodown III.

DSiWare -- Three titles today.  Simply Mahjong is a Shanghai-style tile-matching game with 50 puzzles.  Music on: Acoustic Guitar is a guitar fingering tutorial, with some playable capabilities of its own (featuring pre-defined chords.)  My Exotic Farm is not as salacious as it sounds, it's from the makers of My Farm and features more interesting (and ethically questionable) animals.


XBox Live Arcade -- An unusual entry this week, Capcom's Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, meant to bridge the gap between the original dead rising and the upcoming sequel.  It's promotionally priced at 400 points, not bad for a little prologue/preview.

Game Room --  A mediocre week of releases.  Three are for the Atari 2600 -- Atari dumps out A Game of Concentration (not licensed based on the TV game show, but clearly the same concept) and the 2600 version of Super Breakout (warning: the Xbox controller is no match for a paddle), backed up by Activision's infamously overhead-perspective Boxing.  Even Konami's 1984 arcade game Super Basketball isn't terribly exciting, though it's an interesting forerunner to Double Dribble, with play-by-play voice synthesis and graphics similar to Track & Field.  Is this the beginning of the end of interesting Game Room content?

PS3 on PSN -- The excellent Castle Crashers, long popular on XBLA, arrived on the PS3 last week.  Retro-inspired with a fun art style, it's well worth taking a look at.

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