Thursday, December 29, 2011

The LoadDown - 12/29/2011

Christmas is past, and it's almost 2012.  Not a lot of major titles coming out during this post-holiday season, but here's what's new on the wire this week, for all those new consoles Santa brought...

WiiWare --  The new incarnation of a long-running educational videogame character continues, with the second game in what seems to be a series: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary.  Just the one new game this week, which seems to be par for the course lately.

DSiWare -- Two new titles.  Cake Ninja is a stylus-driven cake-slicery game with decent gesture recognition and physics, though one imagines the concept gets old after a few minutes of chopping up flying cakes.  Slingo Supreme is just what it sounds like, if it sounds like anything -- it's a game of Bingo with numbers generated via slot machine.

3DS eShop -- Two new games up here as well.  VVVVV is a decidedly 8-bit-style maze/puzzle game with a screen-flipping gravity mechanic.  Bionic Commando is the black-and-white Game Boy version of Capcom's arcade and NES hit, replacing trusty hero Super Joe with the gimmicky-sounding Rad Spencer but retaining the timeless gameplay style.

XBox Live Arcade -- Just one new game this week, All Zombies Must Die!; also available on PS3.

PS3 on PSN -- Two new titles up this week.  All Zombies Must Die! is a twin-stick multiplayer shooter with an undead theme.  Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD brings the last of the Oddworld Inhabitants releases for the XBox to the PS3 -- this imaginative game didn't get the attention it deserved when it was released, so it's nice to see it getting a second bite at the apple.

PSOne Classics -- One new title this week, the classic 2.5-D cartoon platformer Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.

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