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Rocket Knight

Win Rocket Knight on PSN!

Brendan Griffiths
Competitions, Konami, Rocket Knight

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This is one of the PSN best games at the moment, melding classic 2D platforming with HD visuals and a perfect blend of fun yet challenging gameplay. If you read my review a few days ago, you'll remember that I thought this game was pretty damn special, giving it a 9/10 score. Here's your chance to get a copy of the game for absolutely nothing over this weekend.

You'll need to set up a US PSN account as the prize code will only work on the US PSN Store. Don't worry, it's easy to set up and then you'll be able to get all the demos and extra video content that never make it over to the UK Store, such as the bi-weekly show Pulse and the whole season of the gaming reality show The Tester. All you need to do is register a second account via your XMB on the PS3 and give a proper American address for 'residence' and 'billing.' Any will do, just go and grab a uni or corporate office address off Google and don't forget the zip-code. You'll need a different email address than your Euro account too. Once you've downloaded the game you can hop back onto your Euro profile to keep all your Trophies together.

All we want from you is your name or username in the comments box below. We'll pick a winner at random and then email you the code. A free £9.99 game for that. Sign up people. This competition will expire at Noon on Monday 31st May.

Special thanks to Konami Digital Entertainment America for the code.

Rocket Knight Review: ...Because Team Rocket Rules!

Brendan Griffiths
Games reviews, Konami, PS3 games, PSN, Rocket Knight, XBLA, Xbox 360 games
Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Formats: PS3 (reviewed)/Xbox 360 (PSN/XBLA)

Developer: Konami

Publisher: Konami

Within the first minute of playing Rocket Knight I knew this was going to be a killer title. Right from the off you’ll know how to play this game just on instinct, everything just flows so naturally.

Rocket Knight acts as a sequel to the Mega-Drive game, taking place 15 years later. While the visuals have moved with the times, the core gameplay respects the classic side-scrolling 2D platformer model.

This is a game that wouldn’t work in a 3D environment because of the precise ‘Rocket Bursts’. The hero, Sparkster, uses a jetpack to blast across the screen horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Hit a wall diagonally and you’ll bounce off at the opposite angle to climb narrow passages. It’s a brilliant system that would have become woefully inaccurate in a 3D environment.

Fans of the original game on the Mega-Drive may lament the loss of the boomerang-like weapon but the rest of the action is fairly faithful to the original. Combat feels much more up close and personal this time with players encouraged to zoom in head-first and just get stuck in. It’s a good change. Rocket Bursts or the slower but stronger Burst Drill can be used as attacks or Sparkster can use his sword while standing, running or jumping. There’s a burst shot too which acts as a very weak shotgun-like weapon which you probably won’t use much in all honesty.

Pressing Circle (Rocket Burst) without a direction will spin Sparkster around in a haze called the Burst Vortex. This will allow him to dodge bullets and missiles, or if you time it right, deflect dynamite and bombs to fire them back at enemies. You can deflect with individual sword swipes too if you want to look that little bit cooler.

Check out the rest of Brendan's review here...

XBLA Roundup: Monkey Island Deal, Rocket Knight & T.O.W. Roundup

Jonathan Lester
Games deals, Rocket Knight, The Secret of Monkey Island, Things on Wheels, XBLA, Xbox 360 games
Xbox 360


This week, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get their hands on The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition for 400MSP. Lucasarts' classic swashbuckling yarn has never looked or played better- and this is a perfect time to get your hook into one of the finest point 'n' click adventures ever coded.

How can you solve a puzzle with a rubber chicken with a pulley, souvenir tee shirt and a necklace of eyeballs? What's the correct retort to "You fight like a dairy farmer"? What is the secret of Monkey Island? You'll find out the answer to these pertinent questions with a 50% discount... with a whole mess of laughs along the way. In case you don't know, Lucasarts wasn't always all about regurgitating Star Wars games over and over again- in fact, they were once the undisputed kings of hilarious games. Monkey Island is slick, funny and more than a little surreal- though be advised that you'll need more than a few leaps of logic to solve some of the more demanding puzzles.

Oh, and in case you're interested, the Cotton Swab and LeChuck Pirate Hat avatar items are also 50% off this week.

Rocket Knight


Download the demo or buy the game here.

Price: 1200MSP

Remember Rocket Knight? For the vast majority who don't, this is a reboot of a decades old platformer that launched on the SEGA Megadrive in 1993. You'll jump into the armoured boots of Sparkster, the jetpack-equipped Opossum Knight who's back to kick sone serious ass. The platforming and jetpack action controls well and looks the business thanks to some impressive graphics, but the game's short length makes its 1200 MSP price point stick in my craw.

The impressive jetpack mechanics make Rocket Knight genuinely stand out from the crowd, but I'd recommend that you play through the demo a couple of times before dropping the points.

Things on Wheels


Download the demo or buy the full game here. If you're so inclined.

Price: 800MSP

After myriad delays and setbacks, Load Inc's RC racer has finally hit XBLA. Unfortunately, you'll wish that it'd been delayed a lot longer. Things on Wheels is a fairly shiny racer, but its weak collision detection and repetitive races make it tedious chore rather than an enjoyable arcade racer. On the plus side, it handles fairly well and has strong visuals.

Don't waste your points- if you're looking for arcade racing action with bags of variety, pick up the infinitely superior Scrap Metal instead.

Stay tuned for our coverage of Aqua and Metal Slug XX later this week!