Xbox Live Community Game of the week – Rabbid Gophers

Game of the week. 19th April ‘09

Rabid Gophers by Quantum Squid is a simple Whack a Mole style game with plenty of button bashing required. There are three game modes Gopher Blast, Gopher Bombs and Gophers Sniper all have a healthy level of blood and guts. Kill the gophers and save the farm.

All the game modes require you to kill the gophers before they attack, with the little critters coming along with steadily faster progress the game play gets fast and furious very quickly and you soon find yourself panicking to press the requisite button in time.

Rabid Gophers is a polished little game and at 200 points it is definitely worth the price, I just feel that it could have been so much more. The leaderboards currently only show the top 15, which I for one will never be good enough to get on and it has missed a major opportunity by not having a multiplayer option. Let’s hope that we see Rabid Gophers Party released as a game, with a couple of more mini games and a party mode this game would have got a 5 joysticks (excellent) rating. As it is I would still recommend that you give it a try and give it a score of 4 joysticks (good).


Developer: QuantumSquid
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200

Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 3/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 11, 2009

Kill the gophers. Save the farm. Rabid Gophers is a series of reaction based mini-games where players blast, detonate and snipe away rabid gophers in order to achieve the best time. Play for hours to master each mini-game and attain LIVE Leaderboard bragging rights, or just hop in and play some quick games when you only have a few minutes. Share best times locally and over Xbox Live.

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Xbox Community Games round up no.1 5th April 09










It was a very slow week for XBLCG this week and I didn’t think any of the games were good enough to be called game of the week, but here are my brief thoughts on each game from the last week.


Rocket FartOfficial description: Rocket Fart is a strangely compelling arcade-style game where players must use gaseous emissions to stave off certain death. With lava below him, only by continuously eating food can Ignatius keep his fart meter filled enough to rocket himself to safety. Look out for the all-important golden taco.

Unfortunately I found nothing about this game compelling. It is a game that has been done many times before, use your rockets to stay in the air and capture items to re-fuel your rockets. The twist in this game is that rather than using a rocket to stay in the air and keep you out of the lava, you fart. We all love a fart joke but unfortunately that is not enough to keep this game in the air.

2 Joysticks = Poor



Next WarOfficial description: Fight across the galaxy in an exciting 2D tower defence game. Build towers, research upgrades, and obliterate the enemy in 10 campaign missions and skirmish mode. The war needs you! For Earth! And all her colonies!

I am not going to rate Next War as it is a Tower Defence game and those really are not my kind of thing. So go and download the demo and try it out. Why not let me know what you think of it while you are at it?



Fish Racer ArcadeOfficial description: Race through the sea while avoiding obstacles and your opponents. Collect power ups to give yourself that extra edge. The last fish swimming wins! 2 – 4 players

I have heard a few people saying they liked this game, OXM UK certainly did and while I can see there is some fun to be had in multiplayer races, I just didn’t find Fish Racer Arcade making me want more.

3 Joysticks = Average



Beat BloxOfficial description: BeatBlox is a music-oriented action-puzzle game where you scramble to match blocks to the beat of a wide variety of music. Are you ready?

Beat Blox is a nice take on block puzzle games. Create chains of blocks to connect to the exploding square to stay alive and see a tune through to the end. It’s fast and furious and quite challenging. Although it lacks the polish of some other games it is worth a try.

3 Joysticks = Average



A Bombs AwayOfficial description: Introducing a new character with a very short fuse! Jump around, spin the level and collect clocks to stop yourself from exploding.

This Bomb Jack clone seems to be aimed at the younger audience, but the awkward and over sensitive controls will probably make it a little difficult for them. The game is not without it’s charm and it is worth downloading the demo to make up your own minds.

3 Joysticks = Average

XboxHornet Game of the Week

Unfortunately this week was pretty dry on the games front and I can’t with any good conscience give any game the title of Game of the Week. There was just nothing that really made me sit up. I didn’t buy a single XBLCG this week. I think that may have been a first.

I did consider having Little Racers but that was released last week.

So let’s hope that this week will see some games worth buying.

Xbox Live Community Game of the week 23rd-29th March



The XboxHornet Game of the Week for the week of 23rd March is Supercow. Supercow is a 2d platformer aimed at kids, but that is no bad thing as it does it with a quality that only a few other games on XBLCG have managed.

Professional Software houses starting to show some interest in Community Games can only help bring much needed publicity to the service.



You can download the game demo here;

“Professor Duriarti, an infamous criminal, recently escaped from prison and seized the farm in Sunny Valley. He captured all of the animals and cloned them! The cloned animals are helping the evil professor carry out his diabolical plan to completely destroy the Earth. The only hope for the world is the daring Supercow!”

Supercow gets a four joystick rating;



Coming soon game of the week and game of the month

Thanks to readers suggestions (thanks Ralph), we will be having a game of the week and a game of the month from now on. We will also be ranking games by joysticks, one being poor – five being excellent. So look out for the XboxHornet seal of approvals