April Top Community Games League and Race for Favourite game of 2009

Updated 14/04/09

Welcome to XboxHornet’s Top Ten Community Games April, 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.

We also track a yearly race for the favourite Community Game of the year so send in your current Top 10 games to:

xboxhornet@gmail.com

If you do not have a  ten games to list, you can send us any number of games. The points are shared out according to the number of games that you email us. See the rules page

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/top-ten-community-games-league-table-and-race-for-favourite-game-of-the-year-explained/

You can download a free demo of any of these games straight to your 360 by clicking on the name of the game

APRIL

1

 

 

 

Miner Dig Deep

31

 

2

 

 

 

Carneyvale

26

 

3

 

 

 

Easy Golf

22

 

4

 

 

 

Blow

18

 

5

 

 

 

ZP2K9

16

 

6

 

 

 

Word Soup

11

 

7

 

 

 

Classicard

10

 

7

 

 

 

Solar

10

 

7

 

 

 

Tomato Blaster

10

 

7

 

 

 

Biology Battle

10

 

7

 

 

 

Bricks 4 Ever

10

 

12

 

 

 

Hexothermic

8

 

13

 

 

 

CaveIn Miner Rescue

7

 

13

 

 

 

Little Racers

7

 

13

 

 

 

Crystal Crush

7

 

16

 

 

 

Bowling X

6

 

17

 

 

 

Zoomaroom

5

 

17

 

 

 

Poker Squares

5

 

17

 

 

 

Super Cow

5

 

17

 

 

 

Pegzo

5

 

17

 

Tower Revolution

 

5

 

21

 

 

 

Totem

4

 

22

 

 

 

Brain Deluxe

3

 

22

 

Half Brick Blast Off

 

3

 

24

 

 

 

The Factory

2

 

24

 

 

 

Groov

2

 

26

 

Next War Quest Earth

 

2

 

27

 

 

 

Weapon of Choice

1

 

28

 

 

 

Colosseum

1

 

29

 

Drum Kit

 

1

 

Race to Favourite Game of 2009 

1

 

 

 

Miner Dig Deep

48

 

2

 

 

 

Easy Golf

37

 

3

 

 

 

Carneyvale

32

 

4

 

 

 

Blow

27

 

5

 

 

 

ZP2K9

23

 

6

 

 

 

Word Soup

17

 

7

 

 

 

Tomato Blaster

12

 

7

 

 

 

Zoomaroom

12

 

9

 

 

 

Bricks 4 Ever

11

 

9

 

 

 

Bowling X

11

 

11

 

 

 

Solar

10

 

11

 

 

 

Classicard

10

 

11

 

 

 

CaveIn Miner Rescue

10

 

11

 

 

 

Colosseum

10

 

11

 

 

 

Biology Battle

10

 

16

 

 

 

Poker Squares

9

 

17

 

 

 

Hexothermic

8

 

18

 

 

 

Little Racers

7

 

18

 

 

 

Crystal Crush

7

 

20

 

 

 

Pegzo

5

 

20

 

 

 

Super Cow

5

 

20

 

Tower Revolution

 

5

 

23

 

 

 

Snake 360

4

 

23

 

 

 

Totem

4

 

25

 

Halfbrick Blast Off

 

3

 

25

 

 

 

Brain Deluxe

3

 

27

 

 

 

The Factory

2

 

27

 

 

 

Groov

2

 

27

 

Next War

 

2

 

30

 

 

 

Drum Kit

1

 

30

 

 

 

Weapon of Choice

1

 

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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

Interview with creator of the Xbox Live game Groov

You can find more developer interviews here;

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/category/developer-interviews/

 

Today we’ve got an interview with Julian Kantor the create of the XNA Communtiy Game Groov.   Mr. Kantor thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us.

 

Question: How did the idea for Groov come about?

Julian Kantor: I’ve always loved dual-stick shooters (Geometry Wars in particular….you might be able to tell) and have been a composer for a long time. I got the idea for this game after playing Lumines, where all your moves produce musical sound effects. The issue I had with Lumines was that nothing was synced up to a beat, so it sounded pretty messy, and not really like a song at all. At this point, I hadn’t played Rez, which, as I’m sure you know, was made by Tetsuya Mizuguchi before he made Lumines. Rez actually pulled off the idea I had — everything was synced up to a beat, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea although I enjoyed it a lot. My main problems had to do with the gameplay, which I thought was pretty passive, and with the fact that your interactions only produced ornamentation to a song that was mostly just a backing track.

With Groov, I attempted to make the player in total control with what was going on with the song, strictly force everything to the backing beat, and do these things in a dual-stick shooter.

 

Question: Could you describe Groov for anyone who hasn’t seen or played it?

Julian Kantor: Groov is a dual-stick shooter where your actions entirely controls the music, which in turn affects the gameplay. As I say in the official game description (not to get too PR on you…), you are the conductor of a jazz fusion orchestra. You conduct by shooting, and your shots are synced up to a beat and produce synthesizer hits that shift along with the background chords. Your enemies are your players: each type of enemy is a different instrument that plays a note when it explodes. When you pass certain score thresholds, the game and song will move into a new wave. The backing drum track or chords may change, your rate of fire may change, and the mixture of enemies will certainly change.

I really want people to see Groov as a song. The gameplay mirrors the structure of the song exactly, so if there’s a quiet moment in the backing parts and a low enemy density, you will be relatively weak and you will produce a sparse arrangement to go along with the backing track. When the song reaches a climax with a fast beat in the background, you are extremely powerful, and your shots not only produce more complex music on their own but will also blow up more enemies, which have increased in number and variety. A low point in the music is a low point in gameplay, which makes the respective highs that much sweeter. And the whole time, if you stop playing, so does the song; synthesizer, drums, trumpet, bass, guitar and all.

 Read the full interview here;

http://www.xblaratings.com/developer-qaa/504-groov-developer-qaa

Download a demo of the game straight to your 360 here;

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/games/catalog.aspx?d=7&r=-1&g=-1&sb=0&ot=0&mt=32&rl=0&p=1

Xbox Live games that deserve your attention.

Below is my list of games on Xbox Live Community Games the I think deserve your attention. The list is in alphabetical order. You can see user reviews here;
Don’t forget you can download demos of the games straight to your 360 here;
 
 
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. Features: VERSUS and CO-OP Mulitiplayer, Single player Action, Global Topscore Lists (Gold Members), Awesome Party Games, High Replay Value, High Production Quality

Biology Battle is getting a lot of press and the user reviews are excellent, it may be expensive at 800 points but if you are a Geometry Wars fan and are looking for a new shoot em up fix, take a look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

 

 

Bloc

Bloc is a new twist on the top-down shooter. Destroy blocks by firing like-coloured orbs while dodging a swarm of enemies.

The graphics may be simplistic, but the game is far from it. Destroying the blocs by firing the like coloured buttons is quite challenging, the local multiplayer works well too.

 

 

Blow

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 Fairies. Experience 70 handcrafted levels and infinite procedurally generated levels for endless variety.

Blow is a pleasure to play, easy on the eyes and the ears. The tutorial leads you in at a steady pace and the puzzles get progressively harder, but with the soothing sound track the game has, it doesn’t get too frustrating. it just keeps you coming back for more. At 400 points you are going to get many hours play out of Blow

 

 

CarneyVale: Showtime

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.

Carney Vale: Showtime was winner of the 2008 Dream-Build-Play competition and as such I expected to see it turn up on XBLA for 800 points. But I was very pleasantly surprised to see it come to XBLCG for just 400 points, it is a very polished game and exudes class in every aspect of it’s design. It challenges the best of XBLA games at a fraction of the price.

 

 

CaveIn – Miner Rescue Team

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.

CaveIn is a fantastic puzzle game using cell shaded 3d graphics, it is one of the games that has set the bar for all other XNA programmers, there are a few getting there. Again a bargain for 400 points with hours for game play this is one puzzle game you would be mad to miss.

 

 

Classicard

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.

If you are a fan of card games go out and get this. It has more games than any other card game on the Xbox at 400 points. It has had one update already and another one is in the pipeline at the time of writing, so it is a well supported game. Anyone who has play UNO will feel at home with game play so why are you waiting

 

 

Easy Golf

Create golf courses and share them with friends online through Xbox Live. The incredible course editor allows you to easily create fun and playable golf course holes in minutes. Play against your friends online and watch their golf balls fly around on your created course in real time. Laugh, smile, and enjoy an amazingly fun experience playing Easy Golf. Easy Golf is for people of all ages.

The beauty of Easy Golf is found in the course architect, it’s simple you use, yet with practice you can create the most amazing courses. Not only that, but it’s had an update that will let you share courses online. Once you have downloaded them they are yours to play whenever you like. What a brilliant feature, it will give you almost endless playtime. So don’t be put off by the 800 points price, there is a good community following this game so you will probably make some more Xbox buddies too.

 

 

Find Teddy

A puzzle game for young children. Find the Teddy that matches the clues and then make your own Teddy.

Find Teddy is made for young children, but what it does, it does very well. So if you have them and are worried about finding a game they can play, give this a go.

 

 

Groov

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, randomised music, and powerups that slow down the song (and your enemies), no two playthroughs are ever alike!

You could be mistaken for thinking that Groov is just another Geometry Wars clone with poorer graphics, but play it for any length of time and you’ll find yourself enthralled with the music reaction that every bullet makes on contact with the enemy. Dual Stick shooters are two a penny these days, so save yourself time looking for a good one, get Groov for only 200 points.

 

 

Hexothermic

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!

Hexothermic is another game that uses music in the most unusual way. When you first play it you’ll probably find yourself thinking “what the hell is going on”, but the hypnotic use of music will mean you won’t care. Stick with it and the puzzle solving becomes clearer, you’ll be getting plenty of relaxing game play for your 200 points.

 

 

Johnny Platform’s Biscuit Romp

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.

Old fashioned platforming has been bought back to us by this game. It has been on the top sellers list since it’s release. And it’s another game for only 200 points.

 

 

Ladybird Galaxy

Steer your rocketship in the galaxy and boost your way through the stars. Pick up the gems and build up your combo multiplier for the highscore, but watch out for the evil ladybirds trying to destroy you. Play single player and co-op arcade or battle your friends in this fast-paced action game.

Ladybird Galaxy is best played against your friends and is one of the many Community Games to be bringing local multiplayer back to our living rooms and for that I think you should give it a go.

 

 

Poker Squares

Place 25 cards in a 5 by 5 grid to make the 10 best poker hands. The better the poker hands the bigger score. Three modes of play: Solo, against the A.I. and against another Local Player. Each of these can also be played as a Speed Game. A number of top 10 high score tables are kept. Both USA and UK scoring systems are supported. Watch out! The A.I. is very hard to beat!

Poker Squares is one of my favourite games, so I was very pleased to be able to interview it’s creator Stephen Bennett a little while back. You can read the interview on the links to the right of this article. The game has such a simple concept and you don’t need to be a poker expert to play it. Playing against a friend locally is fantastic and with four player local and maybe 32 player online on the way(fingers crossed) this game has a big future. 200 points that you will be very pleased you spent.

 

 

Snake360

Fast-paced arcade-style Snake game with over 200 levels, co-op play, battle modes for up to 4 players, Internet Ranking, full 3D graphics and a pumping soundtrack!

It may only be Snake but with 4 player local play and a plethora of modes and levels, Snake fans should give this a go.

 

 

Weapon of Choice

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 Winner of Microsoft’s Dream Build Play 2008.

I must admit, I haven’t played Weapon of Choice, but it’s getting very good user reviews and a lot of hype is surrounding this game, so give the demo a go. I will be soon.

 

 

Word Soup

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.

Now it may be last on the list, but only because it is in alphabetical order and I couldn’t possible have a list of games that need your attention without Word Soup on it. It has had more gaming time in my house than any other since December. It is such a simple game and anyone who has played a word search magazine will feel straight at home. Do yourself a favour, use the old grey matter a little.
Thanks for taking the time to read my list, let me know what games you think people should be trying.