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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

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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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Snake 360 Expert course 6

http://www.snake360.com – On one hand, this video shows off some of the most challenging levels in Snake360. On the other hand…this video clearly shows that I can’t win ’em every time…had a good run going until just before the Extra Stages =( Bah!

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

What’s hot on Xbox Live

XBLCG Zoomaroom – 200 points

XBLCG Miner Dig Deep update

XBLCG Bowling X – 200 points

XBLCG Drum Kit – 200 points

XBLA Exit – 800 points

XBLCG Easy Golf has a major update

XBLC Double Vision now available

XLCG Snake 360 update – including 2 new modes

Grand theft auto IV Lost and Damned DLC – 1600 points

Tomb Raider Beneath the Ashes – 800 points

XBLA Braid on sale at 800 points (deal of the week)

Burnout Paradise 1.7 DLC –FREE

Street Fighter IV costume packs – 320 points each

Call of Duty 4 Variety Map Pack – 400 points

GHWT Wings Track Pack – 440 points

All the above can be found at the Market Place;

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/games/default.htm

 

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.