Monday, January 11, 2010

The LoadDown - 1/11/10 - Phoenix Wright

Once a week, we cover recent downloadable games -- the Wii Shop Channel, XBox Live Arcade, and the PSN Store just keep 'em coming...

WiiWare -- Three games this week, two of which are based on solid DS games.  Capcom's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney brings the popular investigation/trial mystery-drama series to the Wii for the first time, with four cases and good use of the Wii remote.   Time Split: Chronos Twins DX brings the DS sleeper hit Chronos Twins to WiiWare; it's an unusual dual-screen platformer, with the same location visible in two different timeframes, each influencing the other.  Shadowplay is an interesting attempt to bring hand-shadow tomfoolery to the puzzle game genre.

Wii Virtual Console --  One game this week -- Activision's Genesis edition of the mahjong tile solitaire puzzle game, Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye.

DSiWare -- Three simple, inexpensive games this week.  Touch Solitaire puts iPod-style Spider and Klondike solitaire card games on the DS.  Jazzy Billiards simulates 9-ball pool with a smooth musical soundtrack.  WordSearcher puts search-a-word puzzles on the DS.

XBLA -- Last week saw one new release, Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond.  It's an homage to several classic action games, with a Contra-meets-Duke Nukem kind of vibe and lots of game development in-jokes.  It might be a bit too much of a muchness in large doses, but it's nice to see an action game keep its tongue firmly in its cheek.

PSN -- As has been the trend recently, Matt Hazard (see above) also hit the Playstation 3 last week.

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