Monday, November 1, 2010

The LoadDown - 11/01/2010

Another week, and the downloadable games continue to flow...

WiiWare -- Two new games.  Gene Labs is a high-pressure puzzler involving viruses and cells, as the player battles to keep infection from spreading.  Robox is a Metroidvania-style adventure platformer with very nice art direction.

Wii Virtual Console -- The Neo-Geo lives this week, with Street Slam, a unique coin-op three-on-three street basketball contest... but be aware that the same game was already released on the Data East Arcade Classics disc compilation as Street Hoop.  This odd release mix occurs because Data East developed the game (aka Dunk Dreams in Japan) for the Neo-Geo platform.

DSiWare -- Three new titles.  Gene Lab is a DSi port of the WiiWare game, described above.  Peg Solitaire is the classic peg-moving puzzler.  Paul's Shooting Adventure pits an infant superhero against alien invaders with side-scrolling shooting action.


XBox Live Arcade -- A substantial week with a couple of Halloween-themed games.  Pinball FX 2 is a sequel to the popular multi-table XBLA game, as is 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures 2Bloody Good Time is an inexpensive game from Ubisoft.  Atari's Haunted House is a new remake of the Atari 2600 classic -- once again the player is exploring Graves Manor in search of a mystical urn, with graphics and gameplay substantially updated (an on-disc Wii version was released in September.)

Game Room -- After an unexpected week's break, Game Pack 010 wraps up (I believe), with Konami's arcade game Jackal letting most of us experience the original coin-op that spawned the NES semi-classic.  We also get two Atari 2600 titles, the original Breakout (kind of redundant at this point, as the arcade version debuted long ago) and Double Dunk, a late and relatively rare Atari basketball title.

PS3 on PSN -- One game last week, Blacklight: Tango Down, based on a new property with ambitious multimedia franchise goals.  It's a first-person shooter with a heavy emphasis on multiplayer; the XBox 360 version arrived in July, to mixed reviews.

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