Addiction is rarely a good thing, but there’s no greater compliment you can pay a puzzle game than by calling it addictive. So it’s by no means a bad thing that we’re caling Tower Bloxx Deluxe an addictive puzzle game. Developed by Digital Chocolate, and available now through XBox Live Arcade, the game has been available in a number of formats (including for mobile phones and flash-based games), though this is the first fully-fledged console outing. On paper, it’s simple, deceptively so, a multi-dimensional block-stacking game that sounds like it should be easier than Tetris but, in reality, it’s a lot more complex. Read more…
Some of us love it; others call it offensive and crass, but there’s no denying that South Park has proven one of the most successful TV comedy shows of recent years. The show has been running for thirteen years, longer than either Friends or Frasier (although it only has about twelve episodes a year, so less episodes in total than either show.) It’s also easily held its own against close rival Family Guy with the quality of the latter falling off of late while some may even say that South Park has improved with age. Nonetheless, it’s surprising that South Park hasn’t proven to be a bigger franchise, even taking into account several pieces of merchandising, a movie and some successful video games.
South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! is the latest such video game and after having a go at first-person shooters, party games and racing games, this time around the characters are seeing how they get on in a tower-defense style strategy, available now for download exclusively through XBox Live Arcade.
The town of South Park is under attack from all manner of evil creatures, including gingers, underpants gnomes and zombies and it falls to our four favourite pre-pubescent kids, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman to protect the town across several levels, including the High School, their homes and Hell’s Pass Hospital. It’s up to the kids to take down the invading forces by throwing snowballs, building obstacles and putting defensive towers around the map, including lasers and fireworks.
Five games; five weeks; one console; and a hell of a lot of Microsoft Points. That’s the idea behind this year’s Summer of Arcade, a mini-festival of sorts with five games being released for download through the XBox Live Arcade. Some of these are classics, like Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time and others are original, and exclusive to the console and the network, including Trials HD, ‘Splosion Man and the most recent release, Shadow Complex.
We’ve already had a look at Marvel vs Capcom 2 upon release a few weeks back as part of the Flashback Feature series, but having played all of the games, we thought we’d run through all five in a retrospective and see just who came out on top in the Summer Of Arcade.