Platform: XBLA (Kinect sensor required)
Developer: Iron Galaxy
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Let's tackle the elephant in the room right now: Wreckateer shares its core gameplay concept with that Rovio game. You know, the one starring irate avians. Both titles feature catapults to load with different ammunition and numerous fortifications to flatten courtesy of a capable physics engine. Green goblins stand in for rotund pigs, attractive 3D graphics replace two-dimensional artwork, but the two games are functionally identical. Wreckateer shamelessly touts its blatant inspirations, but there's arguably no shame in exploiting the cathartic fun you can only get from smashing stuff up. So many games have jumped on the bandwagon that the bandwagon has become a burgeoning sub-genre of its very own.
However, Angry Birds (let's drop the pretence) proved to be so successful because of more than just a solid gameplay concept. It's perfectly suited to the hardware, instantly accessible and natural to control on a smartphone or tablet. Wreckateer, therefore, needs to be similarly solid on its platform of choice: the fickle and under-supported Kinect sensor. Iron Galaxy clearly recognised this simple fact, because their inexpensive downloadable game joins the small selection of Kinect games that... wait for it... actually work, and are consistently enjoyable to boot.
What it lacks in originality, Wreckateer makes up for in precision, accessibility and good old-fashioned fun. At 800 MSP, it's also not going to break the bank.Click here to read more...
Now that the dust from Microsoft's Spring Showcase is starting to clear, we've been able to make out some of the smaller titles that were announced at the event. The Wreckateer is one of the most exciting of the bunch: a Kinect exclusive downloadable game that focuses on physics-based score attack. You'll use Kinect to aim and fire massive crossbows at castles in order to inflict as much damage as possible - much 3D Angry Birds but with 3D visuals and the ability to add spin to your projectiles. And no birds.
Iron Galaxy, an ornery team of Midway veterans, are behind the project - so Wreckateer should be in good hands. Release date is TBA 2012.Click here for screenshots >>