Monday, August 30, 2010

The LoadDown - 08/30/2010

Well, load me down!

WiiWare -- Just one new game this week, Tales of Elastic Boy - Mission 1, which presumably is the start of an episodic series.  It's a physics-based platformer with some interesting mechanics.

Wii Virtual Console -- The crickets resume their chirping.

DSiWare -- Relatively quiet here this week, with just three new titles, only one of which is a game.  myNotebook: Pearl continues the utility/doodle series.  Music on: Learning Piano teaches simple piano keyboard skills using a touch-screen interface; the DS screen can't pick up chords, unfortunately, as it only detects one touch point at a time, so this is no replacement for a real keyboard and piano lessons.  And Cosmos X2 is a space shooter with some strategic weapon-balancing elements.

XBox Live Arcade -- The Summer of Arcade, when Microsoft releases the year's purportedly biggest XBLA titles, is officially over.  So we're back to a normal schedule, with two new games last week -- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a cute River City Ransom-inspired scrolling beat-'em-up based on the recent movie, which debuted a few weeks ago on the PS3, and Shank, a more "serious" yet completely over-the-top take on the side-scrolling brawler.

Game Room -- We're up to Game Pack 009 this week, with four new titles unlocked: Activision's Checkers and Tennis for the Atari 2600, Pinball for the Intellivision, and another obscure Konami arcade title, the 1987 car combat game City Bomber.

PS3 on PSN -- Two games last week, the game show adaptation Press Your Luck, and Shank (see above).

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