November 13, 2014 Lots of new games up on the eShops this week, but the big one hit last night, as Mario Kart 8 DLC is now available on Wii U! Check out all of this week's new games, sales, and demos on your favorite digital storefront today at noon eastern.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham WB Games, $49.99
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric SEGA, $49.99
A World of Keflings NinjaBee, $9.99
Tengami Nyamyam, $9.99
Xavier Prison Lab, $4.99
Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance) Nintendo, $7.99
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure
Abyss $1.49 (RRP $1.99) through December 4
Bit.Trip Presents RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien $4.99 (RRP $14.99) November 14-24
Chubbins $2.99 (RRP $3.99) through November 20
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham $29.99
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal SEGA, $39.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze Activision
Tetris Ultimate Ubisoft, $19.99
Winx Club Saving Alfea Little Orbit, $29.99
Castle Conqueror Defender Circle Entertainment, $4.99
This is not the most recent release anymore, but am I the only here who got Stealth Inc. 2? It's fantastic!
@GameDadGrant It's even better than the original? I've heard a lot of people say it's good an that it's about as good as the first, but never on what side of the fence it landed. As soon as I see a copy up for online auction I'm snagging it!
I have Baiten Kaitos Origins, but I've never really played it because I wanted to play the original first. But I know Origins is some kind of prequil, so do I need to play the original first to know what's going on...? It's probably too late to find the original game for a decent price; pretty sure I got Origins for $4...
@GameDadGrant Sort of like Takamaru's Castle, yeah. Like, combine two fire cards on the pad, flick them towards an ice monster, fling an area-of-effect explosion or sleep card at a group of grunts, etc. Fun!
There should be an Order Up type food or alchemy game, too. And a first-person version of Tapper!
@Anand The idea is probably to make it sound Japanesey, as Katy Perry apparently would have said.
The whole game is very slow and ambient, and the soundtrack and the visuals sort of amplify each other when you're playing. It fits the game very well, even if it might not be the kind of tunes we'd expect from Wise. There are some bits and pieces that remind me of the more ambient DKC tunes, though.
I decided to grab Runner2 from the sale, it's pretty much the price of a DDP credit so it's kind of free I guess. I know people were enjoying this one in the early days of the Wii U so it seemed worth checking out, plus the original Runner was the best of the Bit.Trip hexalogy despite being repetitive, so it could be something good if they fleshed it out and added more variety. Haven't tried it out yet though, not sure when I will.
There was also a demo for Flowerworks HD so I'll try that out as well, I want to know more if it's worth the the time more than the $2.
@Guillaume If I were to review the game in a professional-ish capacity I'd probably be pretty harsh about the gameplay depth, options and amount of content, but in the capacity of some friggin' guy on teh internets I mostly enjoyed what little was there. I guess I'm a sucker for the desolate nature themes and asian imagery and that they screw with my head. A sequel that's at least three times as long and goes even more crazy with the paper themes in the puzzles could be something I'd actually recommend to people, though.
I think it was better. A more streamlined battle system, better realized main cast, and another solidly told story with a good pace. The music is phenomenal as per usual from Monolithsoft, too. Worth playing, IMO.
@GameDadGrant I've actually listened to a few of Origins' songs since I liked Sakuraba's soundtrack to the first game so much (and his Tales Of stuff, which is pretty awesome, IMO), and it's really good. The only problem with him, in my opinion, is his tendency to go crazy with the guitars as soon as the music is supposed to accompany something action packed, but those airy, dreamy little pieces he whips up make up for that.
Does Origins have a lot of essences that change over time and stuff like that? Loved that.
Two hours later and I've beaten Tengami. Ridiculously short game. Barely even a game. Still, it's pretty, very atmospheric, has a few fun puzzles and a holy-crap-you-won't-believe-how-good-this-is-why-won't-you-believe-how-good-this-is-when-I'm-telling-you-how-good-this-is soundtrack.
.....tempting... I wanted this long ago when first shown, then it became known David Wise was on the soundtrack...
@carlosrox The soundtrack is easily the best part of the whole game, in my opinion. It's great on its own, and works very well with the pretty paper styled visuals. Just be aware that the game can be completed in an hour or two, that the gameplay is a very simplistic type of point-and-click, and that there is as good as no replay value whatsoever beyond enjoying the atmosphere of the game. I'm happy I bought the game despite the flaws since I mainly bought it for superficial reasons, but I can definitely see how some, like @Guillaume, would be disappointed with it.
I just played through Tengami on Steam. I got it as part of a bundle that was less than $4 and came with at least one other game I will definitely play, so in that context, I enjoyed it. It had a nice style and soundtrack (although Wise's stuff often seems to be too reminiscent of his old stuff to feel that fresh to me) and the Japanese imagery was particularly cool for me having recently visited Japan and recognizing so many details. And there was some neat stuff with the pop-up book concept.
But not really much, I'm afraid. I think with more time or perhaps talent they could have come up with plenty more stuff to add. I feel like they might have planned at least one more area and cherry blossom to get because I did not expect the tree to bloom fully after placing the last one, particularly given the spot you put it on the tree (to the left instead of in the top middle).
And seeing that it is $10 on Wii U, that just doesn't seem like a reasonable price by any standard. I know it's easy to forget what we used to have to pay full price for, but this took me less than two hours and I was stopping to smell the roses and leaving it on while I did other things at times. So yea, I honestly think $5 would have been pushing it for this.
If you are a Steam gamer and are interested in any other games in the Eye Candy 3 bundle up now, though, I think it's worth a play through.