May 7 – May 13
This week is the quiet before the storm known as Diablo 3 (I'll save my gushing about that for next week). But you don't have to be bored. There are several things that can help you bear the waiting.
Her Interactive brings us another installation of their point and click adventure game series with Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen. These are solid puzzlers, and I have enjoyed the previous games with my children. They're beautiful to look at and the code-base is solid. If you're looking for something to share with a tweener-age girl (or a boy who doesn't care it's a girl doing the talking) these should be at the top of your list.
Exclusive to PSN, Datura is an exercise is trying to use Move technology in the context of an old-school style adventure game to create a completely immersive experience. That's what the developer says, anyways. People are comparing the experience to Dear Esther and Myst. I haven't been able to get a straight answer if it's possible to play without the Move or not, but if you have the hardware and dig the genre it might be intriguing.
If you've been around here any length of time, my predilection for spending way too much time in a certain blocky realm is well known. But even without that, out of this week's lineup I would still pick Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition as my Game of the Week. There are limitations that might drive an experienced 'Crafter a bit batty, but the way this version seems to remove barriers to cooperative play with split-screen co-op as well as online action, it looks like a step towards a new audience. Ask me in a week if I'm swearing by it or at it. ;)
- Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
- Nexuiz (download - $10)
- Street Fighter X Tekken
- Warlock: Master of the Arcane
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (XLBA - $15)
- Phantom Breaker
- Datura (PSN - $10)
- Sudoku by Nikoli (eShop - $5)
- Knight Fortix 2 (PSP mini)
- Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 (DSiWare - $2)