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Spelunky

July 4, 2012

XBLA

Yes, yes. I know it’s yesterday’s game but it’s still brand new! Do you remember the spelunker from Deathspank? He has nothing to do with this game other than the fact that the word spelunk is used. Say it out loud. It’s a ridiculous word. This cute side scroller is set up for up to 4 players and explores many different environments in the treasure-hunting world.

IGN:

Spelunky is a cave exploration / treasure-hunting game inspired by classic platform games and roguelikes, where the goal is to grab as much treasure from the cave as possible. Every time you play the cave’s layout will be different. Use your wits, your reflexes, and the items available to you to survive and go ever deeper! Perhaps at the end you may find what you’re looking for…

Publisher: Mossmouth

Developer: Mossmouth

 

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Quantum Conundrum

July 11, 2012

XBLA, PSN, PC

This sounds like it could be an animated movie from Dreamworks and looks a lot like Psychonauts (which I am playing for the first time now). It’s not, for now. Right now it’s just a game that you can download. If you’re looking for a new puzzle game that involves shifting dimensions to find lost relatives (singular in this case) and other fun things, this is your game. Very bright and fun graphics, this game seems like its suited for some light thinking and entertainment.

IGN:

In the first-person puzzle platformer Quantum Conundrum , players must use the unusual ability to shift dimensions to navigate the twisting corridors of Quadwrangle Manor. Players take on the role of a young kid dropped off on his uncle’s doorstep for the weekend; his uncle just so happens to be the brilliant, eccentric inventor, Professor Fitz Quadwrangle. Upon entering the Professor’s vast manor home retrofitted with crazy technology to test his latest hypotheses, players quickly realize their uncle has gone missing. Fortunately, players soon gain access to Professor Quadwrangle’s latest invention, the Inter-Dimensional Shift Device, which, at the press of a button, will shift the world around them to an entirely new dimension. In order to find him, players must use the newly found IDS Device to dynamically change the world to and from a variety of different dimensions to progress through the complicated Quadwrangle Manor. While on the journey, becoming adept at utilizing the various dimensions will help them trek from one bizarre and challenging room to the next. It might sound easy enough, but it is a tall order for a kid in a giant puzzle of a manor!

E for Everyone: Comic Mischief

Genre: Puzzle

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Airtight Games

 

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NCAA Football 13

July 10

PS3, Xbox 360

For you sports games fans out there… new football. They tweaked the physics on the football and made the AI harder, plus they did the basic update on players and uniforms and so on. Have fun with your ball foots and virtual concussive activities.

IGN:

With a new passing system that changes the way quarterbacks and receivers play and respond, combined with a new read and react defensive AI system, NCAA Football 13 delivers greater realism on the virtual gridiron.

E for Everyone: No Descriptors

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Tiburon

 

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Rainbow Moon

July 10

PSN

Rainbow Moon is a strategy RPG for the PS3 that boasts roughly 40 hours of gameplay. For a PSN game that’s a fair amount of game play. It is on the cartoonish side, as far the characters go, but the graphics in general look very bright and vibrant. It is out in Europe and pretty much everywhere but the USA right now, and is getting a lot of positive reviews. It looks like a lot of fun. I hope they put it on XBL, but if they don’t this is another game to look forward to when a PS3 enters my household.

Rainbow Moon is a Strategy-RPG from the makers of the hit Soldner-X franchise. Cursed by his long-time enemy, Baldren founds himself warped to Rainbow Moon. And to make things worse, Baldren isn’t only stranded in an unknown place – he has also opened a dimensional gate, out of which troops of monsters are crawling, turning this once peaceful planet into a real hell.The residents of Rainbow Moon who have found themselves in this sudden and unpleasant situation react suspiciously and even nastily, which certainly doesn’t make things any easier for our brave hero. There’s only one thing for Baldren to do: he has to seal the gate and warp himself back to his home planet. This is easier said than done, since the gate can only be sealed by a dimensional gate staff and no such object is available anywhere on Rainbow Moon. However Baldren knows that he can create one if he finds the right materials. He needs seven magical artifacts, said to be hidden deep inside Rainbow Moon’s dungeons.And this is where our quest begins …MSRP: 14.99 USD

RP for Rating Pending:

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: EastAsiaSoft

Developer: SideQuest Studios

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