XBLA Quick Reviews

Limbo – A side scrolling puzzle game that puts you in the role of a small boy who wakes up in a dark forest who has to find his way out. Along the way are a variety of push, pull, timing events and some careful thought to reach the end. I love the presentation – So dark and creep yet charming at the same time. The controls are simple – Move side to side, jump, push and pull your way to victory. While I admit that I enjoyed the game for the most part, I’m just not feeling the puzzles that require you to get from point a to b in a short period of time. I’ve never liked them. The puzzles are pretty clever and sometimes the simplest of solutions will work for you but it’s not always clear. Cool game, great graphics and an awesome presentation make this a worthy title.

Hydro Thunder : Hurricane – What can I say…I don’t get XBL Arcade games because I find that most of them aren’t worth the high price (that’s a topic for another day though) and I’m not into racing games but damn is this game ever fun. Fast and furious races keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to beat the competition with the hammer pinned to the ground and nitro switched on. Progression is done when you earn enough points to progress to the best boats and craziest tracks. Simple controls, online multiplayer and speed make this a title for anyone who just wants an all-around fun game.

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