Monday, July 12, 2010

The LoadDown - 07/12/2010

What's new...

WiiWare --  Two new games this week.  Balloon Pop Festival is another balloon-popping puzzle game.  Toribash is more interesting -- a one-on-one physics-based kinetic fighter with creative elements including move creation and joint manipulation, and substantial online features.

Wii Virtual Console -- Zip.  Nada.  Nothing this week.

DSiWare -- No stopping the portable platform, with another five new titles.  24/7 Solitaire features twenty-four single-player card games.  4 TRAVELLERS - Play French teaches 240 French vocabulary words in a board-game setting.  Primrose is a customizable, free-form tile matching puzzle game.  Pop Island - Paperfield is a fast-paced, smooth-running vehicle racing and capture-the-flag game.  And Music on: Retro Keyboard is an inexpensive electronic instrument replicating 1980s synths.

XBox Live Arcade -- Two games last week.  Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge -- Special Edition arrives, making me very happy; see the PS3 listing below for details.  Also debuting was Blacklight: Tango Down, a first-person shooter with franchise ambitions; planned comic book and movie tie-ins have yet to materialize.

Game Room -- Game Pack 006 unleashes more gaming goodness.  We get Atari's vector arcade game, Major Havoc, still one of my favorites from that era; Konami's obscure arcade game, Scooter Shooter; Atari 2600 games Sky Diver (Atari) and Starmaster (Activision); and the classically deep Intellivision strategy title, Utopia.

PS3 on PSN -- Two releases last week -- Family Feud, adapted from the long-running game show as the latest in an almost equally long-running series of home versions, and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition, Lucasarts' remake of the classic point-and-click adventure game.  I like the hand-painted graphics in this updated edition -- they look better than the sometimes odd hand-drawn artwork from the first remake, and the cutout animation style is more faithful to the original look.  And Guybrush's hair looks SO much better!

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