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Updated 23/04/09 7.00am BST
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Developer: UberGeekGames
Genre: Classics
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, System Link 2, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Online Features:

Online Multiplayer 2

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

Classic tennis, updated with modern features! Single player, Local & Online Multiplayer modes, plus online Scoreboards (for Gold Members) bring this favorite into the 21st century!

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User Approval: 71%
(31 Votes)

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Developer: Sharky NZ
Genre: Racing & Flying
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 1080p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 3, 2009
Description:

Take to the skies in frenetic WWII dogfighting. Fight it out with up to 10 aircraft – friend and foe! Multiple flyable aircraft. Single player & 2 player battles – including cooperative play. [website http://sharky.bluecog.co.nz%5D

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User Approval: 76%
(41 Votes)

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Developer: Novaleaf Software
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 800
Features:
Players 1-4, Co-op 2-4, HDTV 1080i

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 28, 2009
Description:

Biology Battle is a modern, fast-paced take on the action arcade genre. Fight for topscore in our online challenge, or battle your friends through 12 unique ‘party game’ modes.A HIGHLY RATED GAME! Biology Battle was awarded a MetaCritic score of 74, which even puts it above many XBLA games in quality, fun, and value. Versus, Co-op, and more await you! (v1.9)

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User Approval: 81%
(32 Votes)

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Developer: David Flook
Genre: Other
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: November 17, 2008
Description:

Use wind to guide your bubbles safely to the exit. Journey though the magical canopy of the ‘Great Tree’ collecting ‘Flames’ with help from the Faeries. Experience 70 handcrafted levels and infinite procedurally generated levels for endless variety.

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User Approval: 71%
(21 Votes)

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Developer: Running Pixel
Genre: Classics
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 9, 2009
Description:

A classic bricks breaker under a whole new light.2 Coop modes, 50 levels, a neverending mode, a relaxing Zen mode and a bipolar mode for really hardcore gamers.Ready for the challenge?

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User Approval: 85%
(62 Votes)

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Developer: gambitsg
Genre: Platformer
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 22, 2008
Description:

CarneyVale: Showtime is a vertical ragdoll platform game. In the game, you play as Slinky, a circus acrobat trying to rise up the ranks by performing acrobatic tricks and death-defying stunts through increasingly complex arenas.

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User Approval: 75%
(20 Votes)

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Developer: Johnny Death
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1-2, Co-op 2, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 13, 2009
Description:

There is a collapse at the San Marino Mines! Join the Miner Rescue Team to save the trapped miners before it is too late. Explore 80 dangerous puzzle-filled levels in this addictive 3D adventure.

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User Approval: 76%
(17 Votes)

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Developer: Unarmed
Genre: Card & Board
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, System Link 2-4, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Online Features:

Online Multiplayer 2-4, Co-op 2

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: February 28, 2009
Description:

Enjoy a game of euchre, hearts, oh hell, spades, knockout whist or romanian whist solo or with your friends. It’s a classic card game for up to four players over live or system link. Invite your friends and let them join while you play.Customize your game experience to fit your house rules. 99 unlockable awards. Proper 16:9 and 4:3 support.

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User Approval: 75%
(20 Votes)

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Developer: BogTurtleCarl
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 4, 2008
Description:

Galax-e-mail has you delivering e-mails by controlling a squad of spaceships battling its way through galaxies of increasing difficulty. You have powerups, multiple weapons and multiple ship types at your disposal. There will be explosions. There will be fast-paced battles between flocks of fighters. Join the fray and deliver some e-mail!

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User Approval: 75%
(28 Votes)

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Developer: Funkmasonry Industries
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 9, 2009
Description:

Groov is a frenetic dual-stick shooter that makes you the conductor of an intergalactic jazz fusion orchestra. Every action in Groov has a musical reaction, and with three unique modes, randomized music, and powerups that slow down the song (and your enemies), no two playthroughs are ever alike!

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User Approval: 88%
(49 Votes)

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Developer: Halfbrick
Genre: Racing & Flying
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 8, 2009
Description:

Blast Off into a universe of gravity slingshots, lost astronauts and bizarre planet systems. Use your rocket ship to rescue astronauts and carry them through the warpgate to safety. But be careful! The ever-present force of gravity can be your best friend AND deadliest foe. The emphasis of Halfbrick Blast Off is predicting the effects of gravity and using very minor corrections as you go.

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User Approval: 79%
(28 Votes)

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Developer: David webb
Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 13, 2009
Description:

Hexothermic is a puzzle game that will blow you away! With 4 different game modes, awards and highscores, Hexothermic is fun for all the family! Top Ten Community game 2008 – Gamerbytes.com

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User Approval: 79%
(39 Votes)

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Developer: IshiEiketsu
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 26, 2008
Description:

Play as Johnny Platform himself in this retro-styled platformer! Do death-defying double-jumps and solve puzzles in your quest to defeat the evil robot army… and don’t forget to drink plenty of coffee along the way.

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User Approval: 85%
(55 Votes)

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Developer: Robir
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 13, 2009
Description:

Dig and expand your mine to find greater treasures from the depths. Build the deepest mine so you can make your fortune in rare gems and metals from the earth below.

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User Approval: 76%
(37 Votes)

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Developer: Murudai
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: April 1, 2009
Description:

Solar, a space simulation/action game where you play as the sun itself. You can complete a myriad of challenges or simply mess around in an infinite, sandbox universe.

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User Approval: 77%
(43 Votes)

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Developer: MommysBest
Genre: Action & Adventure
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1

Ratings: Violence: 3/3, Sex: 2/3, Mature: 2/3
Last Updated: December 9, 2008
Description:

INSANE ACTION and HUMONGOUS ALIENS tied together by a TWISTED STORY. Branching levels, 4 unique endings, 7 characters each with a Weapon of Choice. Reap revenge with the Vengeance Missile. Cheat death with Deathbrushing! Scale walls with the Spiderpack. Rock out to original, blistering metal guitar tracks. Enough gameplay to rot your teeth! Third Place in Microsoft’s Dream Build Play 2008. v.1.06

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User Approval: 73%
(33 Votes)

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Developer: Fuzzy Bug
Genre: Puzzle & Trivia
Price: 400
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: December 17, 2008
Description:

This word game is easy to play and maddeningly addictive. Join the blocks to make words of three or more letters. Blocks can be joined horizontally, vertically and diagonally.When a word is made, the blocks used disappear and the blocks above collapse. Every move creates new combinations.

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User Approval: 73%
(15 Votes)

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Developer: xPox
Genre: Shooter
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1

Ratings: Violence: 0/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: January 6, 2009
Description:

Save the world from global terrorists by shooting down incoming missiles that threaten the few remaining cities of your region.

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User Approval: 75%
(36 Votes)

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Developer: FourBrosStudio
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, HDTV 1080p, Custom Soundtracks

Ratings: Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 1/3
Last Updated: March 21, 2009
Description:

Zoomaroom is a physics based platformer that is sure to test your skills. Compete with your friends to get the best time in 70 built-in rooms. Create & share your own rooms on XBL using the in-game editor. Collect all 350 coins to unlock rooms and fun costumes. Zoom baby zoom!

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User Approval: 76%
(33 Votes)

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Developer: Jamezila
Genre: Platformer
Price: 200
Features:
Players 1, System Link 2-10, HDTV 720p, Custom Soundtracks

Online Features:

Online Multiplayer 2-10

Ratings: Violence: 3/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature: 0/3
Last Updated: March 14, 2009
Description:

ZP2K9 is a super-crazy multiplayer sidescroller. Play Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and King of the Hill with 13 devastating weapons and 6 grenade types including Akimbo SMGs, the freeze gun, gas grenades, and the enemy-splattering MIRV.

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Easy Golf How Low Can You Go winners

Hey I was lucky enough to be one of the winners with my 29 on Weeping Willow. Thanks to Barkers Crest and congratulations to all the other winners.

http://forums.xbox.com/26639234/ShowPost.aspx

Digital Spy Xbox Live Community Games Feature

Source:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/a150824/feature-xbox-community-games.html

Featuring our good friend Matt Davis of Barkers Crest, creator of Easy Golf.

Feature: Xbox Community Games

Sunday, March 29 2009, 06:00 BST

By Matthew Reynolds

Feature: Xbox Community Games

 

The gaming industry is built on a foundation of hobbyists creating their own games, with many of today’s programmers learning their trade by swapping sleep for long nights of bedroom coding. Whether it was on Atari or Commodore, out of the box computers could code a fully functional video game with (what was then) current generation visuals, gameplay and sound – as long as you knew the language and had a flair for design. While home programming has always been active on personal computers to this day, on consoles it’s become a lost art (Sony’s PS1 Net Yaroze and PS2 Linux kits proved too expensive) and the only way to get a foot in the industry is an expensive trip to university.

XNA Creators Club and Community Games aims to change all that. With just an Xbox 360 and a PC connected to the internet, you can make current generation games and sell them on the Live marketplace. We aren’t just talking about simple Pong clones either; while many developers are focusing on 2D right now, you can create sprawling 3D adventures or first-person shooters without forking out for a pricey development kit. With experience in programming and some homework on the C# language, you could technically make the next Grand Theft Auto.

Take Matt Davis of Barkers Crest, the one-man team behind Easy Golf: Course Architect. “Designing a game with XNA is a dream come true – who would have ever thought a bedroom coder could make game and then publish it on a video game console that wasn’t called Atari?” With no design or development experience, but a degree in Computer Science and experience of the .Net and C# framework, it was enough to create a full-blown golf game complete with online play, a map editor and a host of weather effects that change how each course plays. Aside from the 3D models and music, and a little help from his wife to play test, he did everything himself. “When XNA first released I jumped right in and never looked back.”

 

He’s not the only one to make the leap into games development; in the four months since the service launched in November, over 200 games have been released in the Community Games section, priced at 200 (£1.70), 400 (£3.40) and 800 (£6.80) points, all with demos to try before you buy. While they aren’t rated by any official advisory board such as the PEGI, every game is subjected to a peer review to ensure no obscene content or game-breaking glitches go through. And like their Live Arcade cousins, they all have screenshots and boxart, and are all available right now through the Game Marketplace. 

So what drives someone to make a game? “I’ve played a lot of PC golf games, but the course editors were always time consuming and difficult to use, so I decided to make an editor that allows anyone to create cool looking courses in a matter of hours,” explains Davis. “And the fact that current golf games on the Xbox 360 do not have a course editor made Easy Golf a perfect match for the Community Games channel.” Right now the games on offer on the service vary in quality and type – although there’s a selection of polished and innovative products, there’s an abundance of basic shooters and simple puzzle games, showing that many are learning the ropes when it comes to programming and design – which is what the service is all about.

“Designing a game isn’t easy. It takes a ton of time and effort. As a matter of fact, if you take all of the hours I spent on the game and divided by zero, well, you’d have a giant black hole the size of the moon,” says David, showing that even with his extensive programming experience it’s not a straightforward process. While some of the games are low budget, with scrappy boxart and menu screens, they all have an irresistible indie charm and are all fully working products. It’s not just games on the service either; virtual fireplaces, aquariums, dead pixel tests, and rumble pad back massagers are currently being bought in their droves. As long as it’s bug free and has a purpose, Community Games will have it, and it caters for that budget-priced application drive that currently feeds the iPhone.

 

So how do the developer and Microsoft benefit? For one, MS picks up part of each sale – based on the price and publicity assigned to it – with up to 70% going to the developer. While the pricing system is flexible, Davis explains a few technicalities: “The only restriction is that games can only be priced at 200 points if the file size is less than 50MB,” he says. “Also, I would have preferred to price Easy Golf at 600 points but that price point was simply just not available.” Although there are various features that aren’t available for games on the service – achievements, leaderboards, and flexible pricing are just a few, Microsoft is listening; it just announced avatar and party play support, as well its third Dream Build Play contest later this year. 

“The amount of effort and support Microsoft has put behind Community Games is astounding and it gets better all of the time,” says Davis, who is also impressed with the feedback from players. XNA members can sign up to forums full of eager designers, programmers and artists for help, ideas and recruitment, and with detailed tutorials of making full mini games and technical code to mess around with. Although development is tough, XNA ensures that there is always a tool or member on hand to give you help, and with new games released daily and features rolling out all the time, it’s never been a better time to get involved.

“The learning curve is steep but if you stick with it publishing a game you made on to the Community Game Marketplace is quite a rewarding experience,” says Davis. Whether you are a player or developer, XNA and Community Games is a welcoming and inexpensive way to both make and play games. Be sure to check out some of the many excellent titles made by tomorrow’s future game’s developers – and for as little as 200 points, you’ll be nurturing growing talent and getting a cracking game to boot. How’s that for community spirit?

Digital Spy Must Play Community Games

Source:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/a150824/feature-xbox-community-games.html

Feature: Must-play Community Games

Sunday, March 29 2009, 06:00 BST

By Matthew Reynolds

With a fine blend of professional small studio productions and amateur projects on a shoe-string budget, the quality and production values of Xbox Community Games widely differs, but every one has its own charm and niche audience. But with over 200 games from just £1.70 (200 points), some of the more unique titles are easily lost in the crowd, so here’s a quick tour of the best and most innovative indie productions that’ll charm both your heart and wallet.

 

‘Artoon’ (400 Points) 

A completely mesmerising visual platformer that’s a clever wink and a nod to puzzle classic Q*bert. Notching up points as your bouncing blob colours in floating tiles, quick thinking is needed as devilishly-placed tiles threaten to trash your score multiplier. While it stands as a fun platformer, the real selling point is the striking visuals that transform from stage to stage, from bleeding neon platforms to LCD pixels that cause screen static disturbance if you go the wrong way. (Game Page)

 

‘Blow’ (400 Points) 

Anyone who has wasted time at school or the office with a flash game will instantly feel at home with the physics maze genre, but Blow makes it a serine time-sink rather than a quick five-minute distraction. Guiding bubbles from end to end using well-placed fans is an economic exercise of devoting resources as much as it is a physics one; can you save points by using heated, rising fans instead of costly high-speed ones? (Game Page)

 

‘CarneyVale Showtime’ (400 Points) 

Storming independent festivals with its showbiz presence, this is a humble ragdoll physics exercise that tests how well you gauge timing and momentum. Grabbers scoop up the flying acrobat to swing around until released again, hopefully making his way to the next grabber and up towards the exit. But with out-of-reach collectables and a host of unlockables to aim for, it’s a consistently perilous escapade. (Game Page)

 

‘Easy Golf: Course Architect’ (400 Points) 

With visuals to rival Wii Sports and features to put most Live Arcade games to shame, the price point is easily justified after a quick hole or two. This arcade golf game comes with a host of courses and online options, from playing with up to eight others and sharing custom courses, as well as unlockable pirate hats and custom soundtracks to help weather out those stormy holes. An eager online community will ensure you ‘putting’ in the play time too. (Game Page)

 

‘Groov’ (200 Points) 

The most noteworthy shooter on the service, this clone of Geometry Wars is actually a covert music synthesizer. Defeated enemies chime out musical samples, such as deep base cords, trumpet samples or synth voices in time with your piano key projectiles to create a soundtrack to your survival. While it can be played as a standard twin-stick shooter with a novel twist, it’s very possible to time attacks to create your own music, especially as slowing down the pace encourages survival and that creative streak. (Game Page)

 

‘In The Pit’ (400 Points) 

A game with no graphics, you play a blind monster that relies on sound and vibration to find its prey. Playing with surround sound or headphones is optimal, you stalk your prey listening to their footsteps before sneaking towards them, feeling the controller vibrate as you get close, and quickly tap A to gobble them whole. While the sound is regrettably low budget and the detection slightly off, the concept shines through to make this innovative idea worth checking out. (Game Page)

 

‘Johnny Biscuit’s Platform Romp’ (200 Points) 

One of the most aesthetically pleasing games on the service, this delicious slice of retro platforming is full of charm and challenge. Not only does it look and sound straight from the 8-Bit era, but its enemy stomping, block pushing, crumbling platform game mechanics play like it too. With 55 stages of castles, forests and towers made of cake, as well as a few Scottish sound bytes, it’s definitely one for those grown on a diet of old-school platformers. (Game Page)

 

‘Machiavelli’s Ascent’ (200 Points) 

Behind a gorgeous aesthetic of watercolour visuals is one of the service’s most simple and refined arcade experiences. Using the bubbles floating through the ocean, your bouncy jellyfish climbs up to the surface by tapping the triggers, chaining the pockets of air to gain momentum and points. But when the screen empties, a panic sets in as you make a last ditch attempt at a far away bubble before plummeting to the sea bed and starting over. A game can last thirty seconds or three minutes, and you’ll always be up for another go. (Game Page)

 

‘Miner Dig Deep’ (200 Points) 

It’s unabashedly simple – you dig through the earth, discover ores, resurface to fill up on kerosene, and head back down again. It’s hard to explain why it’s so addictive – maybe it’s the nature of man to explore to unknown, or that every upgraded item yields new dirt to dig and ores to sell. Ladders and elevators aid your exploration, but digging in the dark means one boulder bump loses your treasure, adding a welcome element of risk reward. For the price, it’s one of the best value games out there. (Game Page)

 

‘Weapon Of Choice’ (400 Points) 

Created by an ex-Insomniac programmer, this is his dream childhood game – a no-holds barred action platformer of laying waste to aliens left and right. While it seems like a standard Contra clone, each character has a unique ‘weapon of choice’, and can live to fight another day by using the slow motion death brushing system. With pop out textures, huge bosses and explosions galore, all it needs is an Austrian breezeblock or a slurring boxer to complete the blockbuster setup. (Game Page)

 

‘ZP2K9’ (200 Points) 

The lovechild of Super Smash Bros. and The Matrix, this is a cartoony shooter where you can run up walls and serve your enemies a katana sandwich. You can chuck bullets at bots or at real people over Xbox Live, and while there’s only one (rather expansive) map, its dozen weapons have a range of depth, and you can take on players in the classic staples of King of the Hill and Capture the Flag. With its active online community, it’s fast and frantic fun. (Game Page)

Easy Golf How Low Can You Go.

I have entered my scores they were:

Course                        Score
Weeping Willow                29
Desert Oasis                    31
Robot Retreat                   32
Hazard County                  31
White Mountain C.C.         30
The 19th Hole                    32

The really gutting thing is that I beat my score on The 19th Hole today. I shot 30. Bummer.

XBLCG price reductions

Thanks to the guys over at XNPlay, they have posted a list of games that have had price alterations.

I had no Idea some of these had been reduced. So if any of these games are on your list you  can grab yourself a bargain.

As for Easy Golf being reduced to 400 Points, that is just mad. It was good value at 800 Points. So jump in to one of the best games around and you will not be disappointed.

Game Was Now
Cosmos 400 200
Easy Golf 800 400
Writer’s Block 400 200
Fireplace 400 200
Tail Gun Charlie 400 200
Retro One 400 200
Drift 400 200
Abstacked 200 400!
RPaints 400 200
Crystal Crush 400 200
Bomber Boing 400 200

Source:

www.xnplay.co.uk

Top Ten Community Games

Welcome to XboxHornet’s Top Ten Community Games, this is your chance to tell us your top ten games, we will then keep a league table of your favourite games. Readers can send their top ten games in once a month and I will keep a league table of the games. Please include your gamer tag when you send in your lists.

Send your top ten in to:

xboxhornet@gmail.com

March League Table

Game Points
Miner Dig Deep 19
Easy Golf 16
Colosseum 10
Blow 10
Zoomaroom 8
ZP2K9 8
Carneyvale 7
Word Soup 7
Bowling X 6
Johnny Platform 5
Snake 360 4
Poker Squares 4
Cavein Miner Rescue 3
Tomato Blaster 2
Brick4Ever 1

Readers top ten:

Ralphcardboard – March ’08

1. Colosseum, 2. Miner Dig Deep, 3. Blow, 4. Easy Golf, 5. CarneryVale Showtime,  6. Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp, 7. Snake360,  8. Zoomaroom,  9. Tomato Blaster,  10. Bricks4Ever

Xbox Hornet – March ’08

, 1. Miner Dig Deep2. Easy Golf, 3. ZP2K9, 4. Word Soup, 5. Bowling X, 6. Zoomaroom, 7. Poker Squares, 8 Cavein Miner Rescue, 9. Blow, 10. Carneyvale Showtime