Monday, October 18, 2010

The LoadDown - 10/18/2010

Whassup loadin' down...

WiiWare -- Two titles this week.  Thruspace is a kinetic puzzle game based on rotating a maze to fit a three-dimensional shape through available gaps, with online leaderboards.  Happy Holidays Halloween is a creativity tool allowing users to assemble and send Halloween greeting cards to friends.  (Also, the Wii Netflix player is now available as a free download, though of course it's only useful if you have a Netflix account.)

Wii Virtual Console -- Squaresoft's Final Fantasy Mystic Quest arrives for the Virtual SNES.  This was an offshoot of the main series that started life as a completely different series for the GameBoy; it's much more action oriented, but it has its charms.

DSiWare -- The pace picks up again with four new titles.  Snapdots is a puzzle-building game featuring a block-firing, rotating UFO.  Armada is a military strategy game based around an aircraft carrier.  Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe is tic-tac-toe with variations and AI opponents.  And Music on: Playing Piano is another piano tutorial with new songs to learn.

XBox Live Arcade -- The 360 saw the same two games last week as the PS3; see below for details.

Game Room -- Three Atari 2600 games arrived, still from Game Pack 010 -- the late-release "red box" air combat title Radar Lock from 1989, the simple 2-player overhead racing game Street Racer, and Submarine Commander, an Atari-produced Sears exclusive back in the day.

PS3 on PSN -- Two new arrivals last week.  Sega's long-awaited sequel Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I sees its HD debut on Sony's console (a day after the Wii's SD version, a day before the 360 release).  EA's Dead Space Ignition is a digital motion comic/simple adventure game/minigame trio set in the Dead Space universe, meant to whet the appetite for the next major title in the franchise.

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