Thursday, August 16, 2012

The LoadDown -- 08/16/2012

August plods along, with just a few new downloadable games on the wire...

WiiWare -- Nothing at all this Wiik.

DSiWare -- One new game -- Crazy Chicken: Pirates, a point-and-shoot stylus-driven rail shooter starring a bevy of piratical poultry that the player must knock out to win treasure.  Judging from the title, it's meant to be part of a series.

3DS eShop --  I hesitate to call this a separate game, since the DSiWare version will run on the 3DS and it's about the same price, but if you want visual depth, you can buy Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D instead.

XBox Live Arcade -- One new game here, as the Summer of Arcade wraps up: Dust: An Elysian Tale, an action RPG with beautiful hand-drawn animation.  It's also notable for its indie cred, as it was developed mostly by one person and won the 2009 Dream.Build.Play challenge run by Microsoft.

PS3 on PSN -- Just one new game here as well, an intriguing indie puzzle/adventure game called Papo & Yo.  The story concerns a frog-craving pink rhino named Monster, a toy (or is she?) robot named Lula, and a young boy hero named Quico; it's an allegory for alcoholism and the damage it inflicts on loved ones.  And no, I'm not making that part up this week!

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